Following one of its most successful years in the initiative’s 14 year history; seeing almost 100 people gather together in rural Stockbridge for the official launch, over 200 entries received, and 5 entrants picked at random to receive an assortment of local treats – including a day’s fishing courtesy of Leckford Estate – the Test Valley Business Awards judging period is now underway.

This year’s entrants had the opportunity to enter any one of the Awards’ six diverse categories, including:

• Innovation & Technology Award – sponsored by The University of Southampton Science Park

• New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council

• Doing Business Locally Award – sponsored by Taylored IT

• Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

• Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Simplyhealth

• Businesswoman of the Year Award

Between 25th May and 2nd July, this year’s Gold Sponsors will judge the entries in their particular award category; having the difficult job of picking their finalists.

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.

For more information about the Awards, including a detailed timeline of key dates, please visit:

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