Trowbridge venue flies the flag for Wiltshire at FSB small business awards

By Nick Batten on 19 March, 2024

Parade House in Trowbridge has won the Start Up Award in the South West category of this year’s FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Fully restored with meeting rooms, an original sweeping staircase, a grand ballroom and a luxury cinema, the Grade 1 Georgian property was rescued from dereliction and is now available to hire for public and private events.

The venue is one of several winners from across the region who have been declared ‘the best in the West’ by winning regional titles in the awards which are run by Britain’s biggest business group, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).   

Twelve companies and individuals from the region – who received their awards at a ceremony in Exeter on 13th March – will now go forward to represent the South West at a national final in Blackpool in May. 

Directors Simon and Carey Tesler saw their victory as a win for both the town and the county they are now proud to call home.

“We were the only winner at the awards from Wiltshire, so we see this as  a win not only for Trowbridge but for the county as a whole,” said Simon.

Carey added, “It is fantastic to win this. It is a real honour – and we are very grateful to the FSB.”  

Parade House also received the Town Enhancement Award from the Mayor of Trowbridge in 2023.    

Alongside the success for Wiltshire, Bath Philharmonia picked up the Community Business Award for its work with local residents.

Ruth Lambert, the FSB Development Manager for Wiltshire and Somerset said she was thrilled to see so many local successes.

“I was fortunate enough to see a lot of the entries as they came in and I was genuinely staggered at the variety and quality across every sector I looked at. 

“It was clear that any business that emerged with a title from such an incredibly strong field of candidates must have something really special about them and I am so pleased to see a Wiltshire winner. Fingers crossed they also add a national title to their regional one as well.” 

The other regional winners included, BioStart from Gloucester and Firestarter Business Solutions Ltd from Cheltenham who picked up the Innovation Award and the Expansion and Growth Award respectively.

For the full list of winners visit: get.fsb.org.uk/awards/south-west

Pictured above: (left to right) Parading a winning smile – Ruth Lambert (FSB), Carey and Simon Tesler (Parade House) and Robert Ratcliff from awards sponsors FSB Insurance