Finalists Announced for Test Valley Business Awards 2016With just 2 months to go until the exciting Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 22nd September, now is the time to announce the shortlist of 18 finalists across the 6 categories.

With more than 160 entries flooding in from across Test Valley and from businesses large and small this year’s Awards are the biggest since they began in 2004. New sponsors, a new website and entry process and other features illustrate the Steering Committee’s commitment to continue to improve. This year’s judges, the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have spoken to and visited some of the most innovative businesses operating within Test Valley. Those judges have grappled with the task of selecting just 18 outstanding businesses as this year’s finalists.

Our commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year and we wish you good fortune for the future.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2016 finalists are:

Doing Business Locally Award – sponsored by Taylored IT

• Abbotts Ann Village Shop & Post Office

• George & Dragon

• Weyhill Farm Shop

Food & Drink Producer of the Year Award – sponsored by McCrimmon & Reid

• Andover Buffets

• Betteridge’s Brewery

• enJoy Raw Chocolate

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

• Dawes Highway Safety Ltd.

• Fresh Relevance Ltd.

• Tekever Ltd.

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

• Dawes Highway Safety Ltd.

• Golden Gecko Climbing Ltd.

• Lindy’s Light Lunches Ltd.

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

• Dovetail Framing

• Leigh Williams Windows Ltd.

• Lindy’s Light Lunches Ltd.

The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business – sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group & friends of Brenda Locke

• Buzzybees Home Support

• Fluidity Insurance Consultants Ltd.

• Trench 1 Archaeology

“Congratulations to all shortlisted businesses,” comments Test Valley Borough Council’s Economic Development Officer David Gleave. “It truly is a great achievement to have got this far; the standard and volume of entries this year was particularly high, and I’d like to wish all those shortlisted the best of luck during the Awards Ceremony.”

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.

The Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at The Lights, Andover, on the evening of 22nd September. Tickets are just £50 to include a welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal.

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