The finalists for the 2016 Business Leader Awards have been announced.
The event is the most prestigious business awards in the South West and celebrates business and enterprise, across small, medium and large companies.
The awards were open to businesses across the South West and independently judged.
A team of ten judges – that can be seen here– spent four weeks visiting businesses and looking over the entries in order to reach a decision.
Over 130 entries were received across all of the categories .
The shortlisted companies are as follows – with one winner, from each category, to be revealed at the Awards on Thursday September 22.
Shortlisted companies are below (in no particular order).
Business in the Community Award
Alliance Homes, Almeda Facilities Ltd & Ashley Community Housing
Start up Business Award
Keystone Property Reports, TrueStart Coffee & The Window Outlet
Export & International Business Award
Pulse Roll Labels, Lye Cross Farm & Creditcall
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Steve Preston (Heat Recruitment), Helena Hills (TrueStart Coffee) & James Liang (Hotcha).
Rising Star Award
Jon Filer (Brunel Professional Risks), James Piper (ecosurety) & James Kingston (Kingston Barnes)
Marketing Campaign of the Year Award
Gregor Heating, Barcan & Kirby & Howards Motor Group
Customer Service Award
Key Solutions, Pelican Business Services & Midas Construction
Employer of the Year Award
Pelican Business Services, Heat Recruitment & Almeda Facilities
Green Business of the Year Award
Mail Handling International, Filwood Green Business Park & Threesixty Services
Business of the Year Award 1- 10 employees
Waste Source, My Action Replay & Turtle Tots
Business of the Year Award 11-50 employees
Helm Construction, Almeda Facilities & ForrestBrown
Business of the Year Award 51+ employees
Marshfield Bakery, RSG & Gregor Heating
Commercial Property Deal Award
GVA, Stride Treglown & Midas Construction
Innovation of the Year Award
Neighbourly, Simulation Systems & Keystone Property Reports