2018 Brentwood Business Awards – Winners announced to cap a memorable event
Ignite Business Communications were named as Brentwood Business of the Year to scoop the big prize at the end of the inaugural Brentwood Business Awards ceremony on November 9.
All the category winners in the 2018 Brentwood Business Awards – sponsored by overall awards partner Pinney Talfourd Solicitors and supported by official media partner PhoenixFM – were announced at a packed Mount Avenue Banqueting Suite.
The Business Awards gala dinner was the culmination of 18 months of hard work by the Chamber of Commerce and the various sponsors, with the aim of recognising and celebrating the very best of local businesses within the Borough – and representatives from all the finalists gathered at the Shenfield venue eagerly awaiting the awards ceremony.
Philip Cockram, Managing Partner at Pinney Talfourd Law, unveiled Ignite Business Communications as winner of the overall Business of the Year award – also naming Blue Serif as runner up.
The category winners at the 2018 Brentwood Business Awards
Winner – Employer of the Year – Carmel Jane Photography
Finalists: Spinal Care Clinics, Blue Serif
Winner – Not-for-Profit Organisation of the Year – Special Needs And Parents (SNAP)
Finalists: Rotary Club of Brentwood a Becket, Brentwood Community Print
Winner – Excellent Customer Service Award – Chicken and Frog Bookshop
Finalists: Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital, Brentwood Brewing Company
Winner – Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Ben Falkingham, FRP Advisory LLP
Finalists: Thomas Wade – Grange Motors, Ben Ashley – Brentwood Leisure Trust
Winner – Sales and Marketing Award – Carmel Jane Photography
Finalists: Tina Wing Photography, Blue Serif
Winner – Growing Business of the Year – Howe Chartered Surveyors
Finalists: Ignite Business Communications, Blue Serif
Winner – Business Person of the Year – Guy Hocking, Ignite Business Communications
Finalists: Carmel Jane – Carmel Jane Photography
Philip Ruck – Brentwood Borough Council
Winner – Small to Medium Business of the Year – Carmel Jane Photography
Finalists: Heart of Gold Jewellers, Blue Serif
See a full gallery of photos from Awards night on the Chamber’s Facebook Page
BRENTWOOD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The Brentwood Business of the Year will be chosen by Pinney Talfourd Solicitors from all of the finalists in each category. The Brentwood Business of the Year winner will be selected because they have excelled in every part of the Awards criteria.
APPRENTICE/TRAINEE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Ardleigh Green Janitorial Services
This Award is open to an apprentice or trainee who has shown significant achievements and progress within a recognised learning scheme.
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Wortley Byers Law
This Award will acknowledge a leader who has achieved significant success in their organisation during the past 12 months, showing strong leadership and strategic vision.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Havering College
This Award will celebrate organisations who value their employees by creating a positive, inclusive environment that attracts, retains and develops talent.
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by Bennetts Funeral Directors
This Award will recognise for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organisations striving to exceed customer expectations on a daily basis.
GROWING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by AeroBlue
This Award is for businesses that can show a growth in turnover and profit and either employees, products or services, over the last 3 years.
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Rainer Hughes Solicitors
This Award highlights the best of Brentwood’s charitable and social sector organisations that make a positive impact on the community.
SALES AND MARKETING AWARD
Sponsored by Spargo Hairdressing and Spargoland
This Award will recognise companies that have demonstrated sales and marketing excellence over the past year and have a clear vision for the future of their business.
SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by ACL Essex
This Award is designed for sole traders or businesses with fewer than 250 employees that are making an impact within their field.