Business News | Local bsuiness Awards Announce First Entry Prize Winner | Andover & VillagesThe winner of the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 first entry prize has been announced…

With this year’s Test Valley Business Awards in full swing, now is the time to enter and nominate outstanding local businesses and celebrate professional achievements; alongside the chance to win spot prizes, gifted to entrants chosen at random throughout the entry & nomination period.

The first of several such prizes was chosen last week by Caroline Stevens, Sales & Marketing Manager at Danebury Vineyards, and kind donor of this year’s very first entry prize – 2 bottles of the Vineyard’s finest still & sparkling wines.

Picking a name entirely at random from a hat, Caroline announced Patricia Ireland of Test Valley Textiles as the winner of this luxurious prize.

Caroline commented upon choosing the winner:

“Congratulations to Patricia of Test Valley Textiles, entering the Test Valley Business Awards offers an ideal opportunity to give a boost to your business and hopefully be recognised for your company’s entrepreneurial success.”

With many entry prizes still up for grabs, businesses are encouraged to nominate and enter as soon as possible in order to be in with a chance of winning.  

The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2017 are:  

         Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT

         Apprentice Employer of the Year – Andover College

         Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park

         New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council

         Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy

• The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business – Phoenix Transconnect

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, and to nominate/enter, please visit:

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