South West business awards finalists announced



The finalists for the 2018 Business Leader Awards have been announced.

The event is the most prestigious business awards in the South West and celebrates the achievements of small, medium and large companies, and the people who run them.

The awards were open to businesses across the region and judged by an independent panel of experts – that can be seen here – who spent several weeks assessing entries and visiting businesses.

Over 200 award entries were received this year – a record number – and judges commented that the calibre of entries was incredibly high.

The shortlisted companies are as follows – with one winner, from each category, to be revealed at a glamorous awards dinner on Thursday September 27 at Ashton Gate, Bristol.

Business in the community

Andrews Property Group, Ashton Gate (Bristol Sport), Cubik Innovation Ltd, Opus Talent Solutions, Womble Bond Dickinson.

Green business of the year

ETM Contractors Ltd, Pure Planet, Ignition, St Austell Brewery.

Marketing campaign of the year

Ashton Gate (Bristol Sport), Bristol Waste Company, Mr B & Friends, Squarebird.

Innovation & technology award

Cardstream, Creditcall, TLT LLP, Stirling Dynamics.

Customer excellence award

Avagio, Chorus, Key Solutions, Pelican Business Services.

Export & international business award

British Corner Shop, Hillbrush, OMSCo, Stirling Dynamics.

Employer of the year

A-Gas, Ignition DG Ltd, ISL Recruitment, Mr B & Friends.

Rising star

Amy Golding (Opus Talent Solutions), Adam Sharpe (Cardstream), Karen Pearce (Digirank), Sophie Foyle (ADPR).

Entrepreneur of the year

Ali Beaven (Prezola), Charmaine Vincent (Baltimore Consulting Ltd), Ian Hughes (Consumer Intelligence), Russell Lane (Brunel Professions Ltd).

Start-up business of the year

Mobius Works, Otium Partners, Pear Tree Recruitment, Poppy’s Picnic.

Commercial property project of the year

Atkins (2 Glass Wharf, Bristol), Clarke Willmott (Tithebarn Green, Exeter), Cubex Land (Finzels Reach, Bristol).

Manufacturing business of the year

ISO Spaces, Offsite Solutions, The Real Wrap Co., The Wasdell Group.

Family business of the year

ETM Contractors Ltd, Hillbrush, Jeff Way Group, Thatchers Cider.

Corporate deal of the year

Grant Thornton (sale of Stirling Dynamics to Assystem Technologies), Momentum Corporate Finance (sale of Gro Company to Mayborn Group), Shaw & Co (sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever Plc), Shaw & Co (MBO of Vouchercloud from Vodafone and onward Sale to Groupon)

Business of the year 1-10

ADPR, Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd, Digirank, Flair 4 Recruitment, Travelbee Ltd/ Arctic Direct.

Business of the year 11-50

Cardstream, Key Solutions Mortgages, Prezola, TRIA Recruitment, Turtle Tots.

Business of the year 51+

Consumer Intelligence, ETM Contractors Ltd, The Real Wrap Co., VWV, The Wasdell Group.

Over 600 CEO’s, entrepreneurs and business leaders will attend the prestigious black-tie event with an evening line-up that includes champagne reception, gala dinner, awards presentation and charity casino, with UK comedian Russell Kane as host.

For more information or to book tickets visit: www.blawards.co.uk or call 0117 325 7779

To view this year’s judges, visit: www.blawards.co.uk/judges/