Business News | Awards Small Business Finalists | Andover & VillagesIt’s now only a few weeks to go until the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Army Flying on 13th September, and the spotlight is on the Small Business of the Year Award finalists.

Sponsored and judged by chartered accountants and business advisors Wilkins Kennedy LLP, the Small Business of the Year Award serves to celebrate exceptional businesses based in Test Valley with 15 employees or less, demonstrating excellent customer service, overcoming challenges, and achieving targets.

The finalists in this category for 2018, are:

• Wathen Marine Catering Equipment Services Ltd.

• Pure Human Resources

• Martial Art World LLP

Lucy Dixon of Wilkins Kennedy remarked:

“Wilkins Kennedy, a local firm of Accountants and Business Advisors, is proud to support the Test Valley Business Awards for another year as sponsors of the Small Business of the Year Award. Wilkins Kennedy’s core client base are owner-managed and family-run businesses and it is always a pleasure to see the activity we have locally and hear the success stories. The entrants and finalists are all people who live and work in the same community in which Wilkins Kennedy operates and as a firm we aim to provide the local support that these enterprises need to help them grow.”

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, where this year’s winners will be announced, represents a great opportunity to hear about and celebrate the success of just some fascinating enterprises. It also allows guests to network with other local businesses and gain valuable publicity to promote themselves.

Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources commented of being shortlisted:

“We are proud of our Romsey roots – so to be shortlisted for Small Business of the Year in the Test Valley Business Awards is just brilliant! In 6 years we’ve grown from a one woman enterprise to a small team of HR specialists providing independent services to tiny businesses and national household names alike. The Gala Dinner is going to be an amazing networking event with lots of other Test Valley business whatever happens…but we are really hoping for a win!”

Alongside this, Ieuan Wathen of Wathen Marine Catering Equipment Services also remarked:

“At Wathen Marine we are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in the Small Business of the year category. After being a Finalist in the 2017 Test Valley business awards, It is great to be a finalist two years in a row. This shows the achievements of the team at Wathen Marine over the past year and how we are looking to the future. We are working with some major global companies now on new designs and services idea’s. MD Ieuan Wathen has stated. The company has come so much further than I could of imagined within in our first three years. Thank you to Test Valley Business awards for being shortlisted.”

Finally, David Bonthuys of Martial Art World, said of becoming a finalist: “Martial Art World is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Test Valley Small Business Award! “As a family run business, it’s important for us to maintain a high standard of work; ensuring that our students receive the very best service.

“2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Martial Art World serving the local community, so to be recognised as a finalist in this category is a real testament to the high standard of the good work that we do, the dedication of the entire team, the creation of a safe environment of respect, discipline and friendship, helping people to achieve their goals.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 13th September; costing just £55 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

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Now in its 14th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

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