The finalists for the 2017 Business Leader Awards have been announced.
The event has become 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 14 judges – that can be seen here – spent five weeks visiting businesses and looking over the entries to reach a decision.
Over 180 entries were received across all the entries.
The shortlisted companies are as follows – with one winner, from each category, to be revealed at the Awards on Thursday September 28.
Shortlisted companies are below (in no particular order).
Business in the community
Andrews Property Group, Dribuild, Bedminster Pharmacy, Bond Dickinson.
Osborne Clarke, Smith & Williamson, Grant Thornton, Bishop Fleming.
Green Business of the Year
Mail Handling International (MHI), CFH Docmail, Bishop Fleming, The Bristol Hotel.
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Barcan & Kirby, Weston College, Ambitious PR, Hampton by Hilton.
Innovation & Technology Award
GripIt Fixings, Invatech Health, Yellow Dog, Zinter.
Customer Excellence Award
Key Solutions, water2business, Midas Construction, Pelican Business Services.
Export & International Business Award
Viper Innovations, GripIt Fixings, Stirling Dynamics, TQS Food Consulting.
Employer of the Year
ARV Solutions, Baltimore Consulting, Bond Dickinson, ForrestBrown.
Helena Hills (TrueStart Coffee), Chris Pottrell (Nebula IT), James Ackland (Heat Recruitment), Loretta Moore (Red Berry Recruitment).
Entrepreneur of the Year
James Woollam (Hayes Parsons), Simon Brown (ForrestBrown), Johnny Palmer (SXS Events), Steve Preston (Heat Recruitment).
Start-up Business of the Year
Professional Apprenticeships, TrueStart Coffee, Element Recruitment, Bristol Energy.
Commercial Property Award
Alec French Architects, JLL/Hermes, Midas Construction, Alder King.
Business of the Year 1-10
Soltech, Turtle Tots, Fox Davidson, Element Recruitment.
Business of the Year 11-50
Abatec Recruitment, Heat Recruitment, Kingston Barnes, Ecosurety.
Business of the Year 51+
ALD Automotive, VWV, SDS Ltd, ITEC.
Over 750 business leaders and directors are set to attend the Awards on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Ashton Gate. Jeremy Vine is the host and you can book tickets here.
For more on the 2017 Business Leader Awards, please visit: www.blawards.co.uk
And to book your tickets before the sell-out, please visit: www.blawards.co.uk/tickets or call 0117 325 7779
To view this year’s judges, visit: www.blawards.co.uk/judges/