Test Valley Business Awards 2016 finalists: Small  Business of the Year AwardLearn more about the Test Valley Business Awards Small Business of the Year finalists…

The 22 nd September marks the 12 th annual Test Valley Business Awards; celebrating local business excellence and supporting businesses to grow year upon year. The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy, has been a key category in the Awards for several years, recognising the achievements of businesses employing 15 people or less, with particular focus on quality customer service, recent successes and future challenges, and achieving targets. The Awards ceremony offers a chance for small businesses in Test Valley to share their stories and celebrate success, and build lasting relationships. The Awards offer a great opportunity to gain valuable publicity and promote their expertise.

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The finalists in this category for 2016, are:

 Dovetail Framing

 Leigh Williams Windows Ltd.

 Lindy’s Light Lunches Ltd.

Mike Tizard, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy’s Winchester and Romsey offices, said: “As part of its ongoing commitment to fostering enterprise, Wilkins Kennedy is proud to sponsor The Test Valley Business Awards 2016, Small Business of the Year Award. As a firm, we work with many small businesses, as well as large businesses, from the very beginning of the concept through to growth and expansion.

“We know that starting up can be tough, but we also know that having a knowledgeable, expert accountant on side can make all the different and here at Wilkins Kennedy, we strive to deliver realistic goals to get the best results for our clients. We are looking forward to announcing this year’s winner and wish all of the finalists the very best of luck.”

Delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist, Lindy Darmanin of Lindy’s Light

Lunches said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in the Test Valley Business Awards. Starting your own business takes a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication. As this is a regional award it makes it even more special.”

Jonathan Birch from Dovetail Framing, remarked upon being shortlisted: “I am delighted that Dovetail Framing has been named as a finalist in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards. Establishing the business and gaining the trust of our many loyal customers has involved lots of hard work and commitment, and having this public recognition through nomination for this awards means a great deal.” “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Test Valley Business Awards,” comments Mel Williams of Leigh Williams Windows. “This is a great recognition for the hard work of our team and an amazing opportunity to raise the profile of our business.”   

Wilkins Kennedy LLP was established in 1882 and has grown to become one of the UK’s top 20 firms of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers with a turnover of over circa £40 million.

The South coast offices have experienced tremendous growth over the past year through an expanding client portfolio, leading to the recruitment of a number of staff at the firm.

Wilkins Kennedy is a growing presence in the South and South East of England, opening its 15 th office in May this year. Altogether, the firm has 68 Partners and approximately 500 staff over fifteen UK offices and one office in the Falkland Islands. Now in its 12 th  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 22 nd September. Tickets are just £50 to include a welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal provided by Michelin Award Winning chefs McCrimmon & Reid.

  To book your places, please email info@tvbawards.org.uk or visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk

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