Business News | Phoenix Transconnect sponsors The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business | Andover & VillagesAs the entry/nomination period for this year’s Test Valley Business Awards begins, the Awards celebrates its newest Gold Sponsor – Phoenix Transconnect – and, with them, the return of last year’s incredibly popular category The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business.

Phoenix Transconnect is an exciting start-up business based in Andover, using cutting edge technology to produce superfast, instant broadband systems that free business from outdated fixed-line infrastructure. Especially useful for businesses and their employees who are on the move, or in locations where fixed-line services are poor.

Taking on The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business, the Test Valley Business Awards now boasts six Awards categories for 2017.

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

A series of special prizes will be given away during the entry/nomination period to businesses, picked at random, that enter.  

Founder and CEO of Phoenix Transconnect, Richard Rowles, said of Phoenix Transconnect:

“I can’t express how excited I am about this new venture, it’s been a hard slog but with help from friends and associates at The Institute for Engineering and Technology based in London interest in the company is really taking off. I’m determined that the business remains here in Andover, however successful it becomes!

“Several people have told me how much Brenda meant to them, and how she loved Women in Business. So when someone mentioned the award wouldn’t be taking place this year, I felt I should bring my marketing plans forward for my new business and make sure it carries on.”

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 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.

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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