Andover business selects second Test Valley Business Awards entry prize winner

Patricia Ireland, owner of Andover-based small business Test Valley Textiles, has last week selected the winner of the Test Valley Business Awards second entry prize: Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards.

Having won the first entry prize – a selection of luxury wines – Patricia was called upon to pick the second winner at random, from her home near Andover town centre.

“Congratulations to Caroline,” comments Patricia Ireland of Test Valley Textiles. “And the best of luck to all who have entered their businesses into the Awards; it’s so important to celebrate local businesses, and everything we achieve – for ourselves, and for our customers.

“I’m very proud of Test Valley Textiles, and how far I’ve come since setting up my business last year, and to be recognised with this entry prize means a lot. I encourage other local business to enter for a Test Valley Business Award as soon as possible!”

Test Valley Textiles offers a range of services to individuals, businesses and the local community in theTest Valley area, including; wedding dress & prom dress alterations, dressmaking, alterations, repairs, curtains & blinds, soft furnishings and textiles tutoring.

The entry prize, won by Caroline, consists of a Buffalo Meet Box kindly donated by Broughton Water Buffalo; rich, lean meat from Water Buffalo raised on the chalk downs in Hampshire.

Now in its 13th 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 business 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 can enter themselves or nominate partners, suppliers, or other local businesses they feel are deserving of an Award, and members of the public may also nominate businesses. The Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online, via the website.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many of the categories as possible, following the relevant judging criteria, with 200 – 250 words.

Entries/nominations close at midnight on 8th May.

For more information about the Awards, judging criteria, and to nominate or enter, please visit:

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