2016 Test Valley Business Awards – entry prizes announced!With the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 now open for entries, this year’s entry prizes are announced…

Following the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 well attended official launch, which saw almost 100 sponsors, supporters, and other local businesses come together to network and celebrate the beginning of another year of the Awards, nominations/entries are now open until 6th May.

This year – as 2016 marks a new era for the Awards, with new members, new Sponsors, and a new website – the Awards’ Steering Committee is also able to offer another new feature; entry prizes.

Previously, the Awards has offered an Early Entry Prize to a business selected at random from those who enter within the first few weeks. However, this year, a variety of exciting and luxurious entry prizes have been kindly donated by supportive local businesses, to be offered each week until the closing date on 6th May.

Entry prizes include:

• A ladies’ pamper set kindly donated by Bliss

• A box of cupcakes kindly donated by The Travelling Cupcake

• Local visitor attraction tickets kindly donated by Romsey Tourist Information Centre

• A selection of bars of specialist chocolate kindly donated by Test Valley’s newest Chocolatier enjoy Raw Chocolate

With even more to be announced soon!

The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2016 are:  

         Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT

         Food & Drink producer of the year – McCrimmon & Reid

         Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park

         New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council

         Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy  

There is also a special award for 2016, in memory of long-standing Steering Committee member Brenda Locke, who sadly passed away suddenly last year. The Brenda Locke Award, sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group and friends of Brenda, will celebrate Women in Business.  

Now in its 12th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.

Businesses may nominate partners, suppliers or local businesses they feel are deserving of an award or enter their own businesses, and members of the public may nominate businesses they feel strongly for; the Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online.  

For more information about the Awards, and to nominate/enter, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk.

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