Echo attends Sian Lloyd Jones Business Awards

Business Awards

The Weston Echo were amongst a host of top businesses and high-profile community figures at the annual Sian Lloyd Jones Business Awards and Charity Ball on Saturday October 8th 2011, which saw previous winners Insight Data walk away with another award.

The event, organised by the North Somerset Enterprise Agency, was held at the prestigious Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare and is an accolade that recognises exceptional businesses committed to growth, job creation, training and development in North Somerset.

The three big winners on the night were Lambtrad Ltd, Debbie Fortune estate agents and Insight Data Ltd.

The top trophy went to Tim Lamb of Lambtrad Ltd, who in June 2008 took over the franchise of McDonald’s restaurants in Weston Town Centre, Queensway Worle and Portishead. He was commended by the Enterprise Agency for refurbishing all three of his restaurants and injecting fresh enthusiasm and expertise into the business.

Tim Lamb comments: “On behalf of our team of nearly 200 staff members, I am delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. In what has been a tough and challenging trading environment over the last few years, we are more than happy with the success, trajectory and growth of our business.”

Debbie Fortune is a multi-award winning estate agency that was recognised for evolving to an employer of ten staff, including two apprentices from Weston College, since they began trading two years ago.

Insight Data, outright winners in 2009, and the only company to have won twice, is a specialist database company. They were proud winners on the night due to their relentless commitment to innovation and investment, with annual sales growth of 40% per annum and the creation of 20 new jobs in the last three years.

Along with celebrating the cream of business in North Somerset, the event doubled up as a charity ball and auction, with donations made by a number of high profile people and businesses including John Penrose MP, Virgin Active (which recently acquired the Esporta chain of Health Clubs) and ASG Marketing, who kindly donated a new website package.