Business News | Test Valley Business Awards 2017 Open for Entries | Andover & VillagesFollowing the official Launch in Romsey, the Test Valley Business Awards is now accepting entries until 8th May.

Following a vibrant & popular launch at The White Horse Hotel & Brasserie, Romsey, on 10th March, nominations/entries for this year’s Test Valley Business Awards are now open until 8th May.

As almost 100 sponsors, supporters and interested local businesses attended this hotly anticipated event, all present had the opportunity to learn more about this year’s awards; reminded of the importance of celebrating local business achievements.

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 – starting with a bottle of delicious sparkling wine donated by Danebury Vineyard; the winner of which will be announced on 24th March.  

Suzanne Grant, Vice Principle Corporate of Andover College, commented of the Awards:

“We are delighted to sponsor the Apprentice Employer of the Year category at this year’s Test Valley Business Awards; recognising an employer who has gone the extra mile in supporting and developing an apprentice.”

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.  

For more information about the Awards, judging criteria, and to nominate or enter, please visit:

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