Who are the finalists for the 2021 South West Business Leader Awards?

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Who are the finalists for the 2021 South West Business Leader Awards?

Anticipation is building for the 2021 South West Business Leader Awards – which is set to take place tonight at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

After taking place as a virtual event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Business Leader is delighted to welcome back its judges, sponsors, finalists, and VIPs back to an in-person awards night.

Following a record number of entries, this year’s Awards is set to be the biggest in its nine-year history.

The event is to be hosted by comedian and television personality Tom Allen; and BDO are back to sponsor the Awards for the second year in a row.

The full list of finalists are below. They are in no particular order.

Advisory Firm of the Year – Sponsored by Candid
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Hazlewoods
Dunkleys
Simpact CIC
Shaw & Co
Fuelled

Business in the Community – Sponsored by Sprague Gibbons
Babbasa
Bristol Sport Foundation and Ashton Gate
Business West
GENeco
AutonoMe
Weston College
Bristol Memorial Woodlands

Green Business of the Year – Sponsored by Bevan Brittan
A-Gas
Bristol Airport
Future Leap
Ignition DG
Ixora Energy Ltd
LiveWest
Pure Planet

Family Business Award – Sponsored by Albert Goodman
Boxlocal
Ghyston
Bridge Health & Wellbeing
Musgrove Willows

Innovation & Technology Award – Sponsored by BDO
X-Ledger
Smartbox
Invatech Health
Bud
Huboo
Rocketmakers

Customer Excellence Award – Sponsored by Shaw & Co
British Corner Shop
Complete I.T.
Cook Corporate Solicitors
MW Funeral Directors
Pelican Business Services
Right at Home North Somerset
Key Solutions Mortgages

Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by Interaction
Curo
Ghyston
Pelican Business Services
Pure Planet
Rocketmakers
Storm Consultancy
XLedger

Export & International Business Award – Sponsored by Mail Handling International (MHI)
Accelerate Agency
Vapormatt
AIS
Littlepod
British Corner Shop
Eurocams Ltd

Start-Up Business Award – Sponsored by WestSpring IT
Fuelled
HdE Agency
LatchAid
Payaca
Boxlocal
Whip-it

Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sponsored by VWV
Nick Brown – Accelerate Agency
Mark Callaghan – British Corner Shop
Zac Cosgrove – Cosgrove and Drew Engineering (CDE) Services Ltd
Cas Paton – OnBuy
Dave Edwards- Red Rhino Resourcing
Ellie Webb – Caleno Drinks
Liam Botting – Britlift
Oliver Bruce – PinPoint Media

Business of the Year 1-10 employees – Sponsored by Sounds Commercial
BClear Communications
Fox Davidson
Monkey Puzzle
Shaw & Co
Turtle Tots
ZiaBia

Business of the Year 11-50 Employees – Sponsored by Purplex Marketing
Baltimore Consulting
Cosgrove and Drew Engineering (CDE) Services Ltd
Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors
Mobius Works
PureComms
Rocketmakers
Stripe OLT

Business of the Year 51+ employees – Sponsored by Thomas Wescott
Alexandra Workwear
Bradfords Building Supplies
Chorus
Huboo
Mail Handling International
VWV

Business Leader of the Year Award – Sponsored by BDO
Chris Ormrod – The Flavourworks
Paul Brown – Mail Handling International
Jim Shaw – Shaw & Co
Derek O’Carroll – Brightpearl
Phil Smith – Business West
Samantha Rowe – Ignition DG Limited

The shortlist was finalised by the Awards’ independent panel of judges. They include Dr Saima Rana – GEMS World Academy, Marti Burgess – Bevan Brittan, Richard Bonner – Arcadis, Rachel Flanagan – Mrs Bucket, Dr Zara Nanu – Gapsquare, Kalpna Woolf – BeOnBoard, Amy Kington – Community of Purpose, Jason Small – WestSpring IT, Debbie Hartshorn – Bristol Airport, Ed Rimmell – VWV, Chris Walford – Albert Goodman, Hayley Blacker – Interaction, Paul Falvey – BDO, Heather Frankham – Whiteoaks Capital & Origin Workspace, Paul Brown – MHI, Allan Rosengren – Investor and businessman, Peter Gibbons – Sprague Gibbons, Peter Lomax – Thomas Westcott, Ben Rhodes – CBI South West, Matt Edwards – Candid, Joshua Sargent – Candid, Jim Shaw – Shaw & Co, and Alexei Garan – Shaw & Co.

Founder of the Business Leader Awards, Andrew Scott comments: “I cannot wait for tonight, where we announce the winners for this year’s event.

“Thank you to all our amazing sponsors and independent panel of judges for making this the business event of the year.

“I look forward to seeing you all later today, and good luck to all our finalists!”

If you are attending on the night, please use the hashtag #BLA21 and tag Business Leader on Twitter.

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