TV Presenter Chris Packham to Speak at Test Valley Business Awards 2016

Test Valley Business Awards announces nature enthusiast Chris Packham as Guest Speaker for 2016…

As the closing date for nominations and entries for the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 draws near, the Awards’ Steering Group announces TV Presenter and well-known Naturalist Chris Packham as Guest Speaker for the prestigious Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in September.

Born in Southampton, local businessman Chris Packham is best known for his extensive television career and stunning nature photography; shooting to fame in the 1990s with children’s TV favourite The Really Wild Show.

Currently, Chris is a Trustee of Andover-based charity The Hawk Conservancy Trust, and has just announced the release of his memoirs ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’, set to hit book stores on 5th May.

“I’m a big advocate for using local businesses and strengthening local economies,” commented Chris. “And I’m delighted to have been asked to speak at the Test Valley Business Awards this year. I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage all Test Valley Businesses to enter the Awards as soon as possible, and I can’t wait to meet all sponsors, supporters, and finalists in September; for a wonderful evening of celebrating local business excellence!”

For your chance to have dinner with this TV legend, simply enter any of the 6 Awards’ categories for this year!

The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2016 are:  

         Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT

         Food & Drink Producer of the Year – McCrimmon & Reid

         Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park

         New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council

         Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy  

There is also a special award for 2016, in memory of long-standing Steering Committee member Brenda Locke, who sadly passed away suddenly last year. The Brenda Locke Award, sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group and friends of Brenda, will celebrate Women in Business.

Businesses have until midnight on 6th May to enter into the running, and are encourage to enter as many categories as possible, according to the relevant judging criteria.

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.  

Businesses are free to enter themselves or members of the public, and other businesses may nominate partners, suppliers, or local businesses they feel are deserving of an award; the Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online; nominations/entries close on 6th May 2016.

  For more information about the Awards, and for your chance to win the next entry prize, nominate and enter today by visiting:

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