Winners announced in South West Business & Community Awards

By Anita Jaynes on January 25, 2019

The South West Business & Community Awards took place last night (January, 24, 2019) at Swindon’s DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, celebrating the region’s most ambitious, inspirational and exciting businesses, charities and individuals.

Over 260 attended the special event which included a champagne reception, three course dinner and live entertainment, including a moving motivational speech from ex-marine Monty Hall. Monty who is an ex-Royal Marine Officer – has been featured on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5, History and Discovery Channel and also notably worked with Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties.

Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother was the evening’s host entertaining the guests and fronting charity games and an auction.

Award sponsors took to the stage to present the awards to their worthy winners and the results in each category are as follows:

Business of the Year – Sponsored by Henry Howard Finance Group

Sarah Hallaran (trading as Beauty Oasis Spa)

SME of the Year – Sponsored by C&D Recruitment

Hippychick Ltd

Start-up of the Year – Sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres

The Cricklade Club

Male Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by The Business Exchange

Darren Clark

Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Jackie Chappell

Emma Warren

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Excalibur

Thomas Coppen

Networker of the Year – Sponsored by RedHead PR

Sian Swift

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Higher Futures

Kirsty Beavis

Leisure & Tourism of the Year – Sponsored by Red Virtual Office

Dorset County Museum

Charity of the Year – Sponsored by Latcham Direct

Waste Not Want Not

Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award – Sponsored by Jelf Insurance 

Royston Dowling & Bryon Davis

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Aspen Waite

Steve Nell from Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Jelf Insurance

Grip It Fixings

Event organiser Alec Jones-Hall said: “We are thrilled with the success of this year’s awards. 2019 was our biggest year yet in terms of entries and attendance at the awards ceremony. The South West Business & Community Awards are all about giving back. Not only do they recognise the best of achievement, but all proceeds from awards night are donated to charity.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported the awards this year and we look forward to 2020!”

Picture gallery below courtesy of Redhouse Photography.