The finalists for the 2015 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 140 entries were received across all of the categories – with the judges saying that the level was extraordinary.
This year’s event will be hosted by Gyles Brandreth, with a guest appearance from Caprice Bourret.
NatWest, NFU Mutual, Purplex, Ultimate Finance, ByCaprice, Rosemont Recruitment, QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, Clip, Alliance Homes, Pure Comms and Sounds Commercial are amongst the sponsors.
The shortlisted companies are as follows – with one winner, from each category, to be revealed at the Awards on Thursday September 24.
Rising star Award:
Gemma Day – Dowlas Ltd
Brady George – Almeda Facilities Ltd
Jonathan Jones Pratt – Crosville Motor Services
Customer Excellence Award:
Alliance Homes Group
DoubleTree By Hilton Cadbury House
Export/International Business of the Year:
Innovation of the Year Award:
Fast-track Business Award:
Opus Recruitment Solutions
Start-up Business of the Year:
Steak of the art
Inclusive Media Solutions
Green Business of the Year:
Folly Farm Ltd
Employer of the Year:
Low Carbon Exchange
Small Business of the Year:
Crosville Motor Services
Debbie Fortune Estate Agents
Business in the Community Award:
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Darren Ryemill – Opus Recruitment Solutions
Dr Paul Phillips – Weston College
Steve Preston – Heat Recruitment
Marketing Campaign of the Year:
Speed Comms/ Bath Spa University
Red Berry Recruitment
Businesswoman of the Year Award:
Kelly Hooper – TheBarn
Debbie Fortune – Debbie Fortune Estate Agents
Vashti Seth – Deki
Business of Year Award:
Almeda Facilities Ltd