Tonight is the night. The 2018 edition of the Business Leader Awards is all set for Ashton Gate Stadium later today. The Business Leader team have been working hard to get everything prepared for the biggest business event of the year.
#BLA18 is the most prestigious business awards in the South West and celebrates the achievements of small, medium and large companies, and the people who run them.
The awards were open to businesses across the region and judged by an independent panel of experts – that can be seen here – who spent several weeks assessing entries and visiting businesses.
Over 200 award entries were received this year – a record number – and judges commented that the calibre of entries was incredibly high.
The shortlisted companies are as follows – with one winner, from each category, to be revealed.
Business in the community
Andrews Property Group, Ashton Gate (Bristol Sport), Cubik Innovation Ltd, Opus Talent Solutions, Womble Bond Dickinson.
Green business of the year
ETM Contractors Ltd, Pure Planet, Ignition, St Austell Brewery.
Marketing campaign of the year
Ashton Gate (Bristol Sport), Bristol Waste Company, Mr B & Friends, Squarebird.
Innovation & technology award
Cardstream, Creditcall, TLT LLP, Stirling Dynamics.
Customer excellence award
Avagio, Chorus, Key Solutions, Pelican Business Services.
Export & international business award
British Corner Shop, Hillbrush, OMSCo, Stirling Dynamics.
Employer of the year
A-Gas, Ignition DG Ltd, ISL Recruitment, Mr B & Friends.
Amy Golding (Opus Talent Solutions), Adam Sharpe (Cardstream), Karen Pearce (Digirank), Sophie Foyle (ADPR).
Entrepreneur of the year
Ali Beaven (Prezola), Charmaine Vincent (Baltimore Consulting Ltd), Ian Hughes (Consumer Intelligence), Russell Lane (Brunel Group Ltd).
Start-up business of the year
Mobius Works, Otium Partners, Pear Tree Recruitment, Poppy’s Picnic.
Commercial property project of the year
Atkins (2 Glass Wharf, Bristol), Clarke Willmott (Tithebarn Green, Exeter), Cubex Land (Finzels Reach, Bristol).
Manufacturing business of the year
ISO Spaces, Offsite Solutions, The Real Wrap Co., The Wasdell Group.
Family business of the year
ETM Contractors Ltd, Hillbrush, Jeff Way Group, Thatchers Cider.
Corporate deal of the year
Grant Thornton (sale of Stirling Dynamics to Assystem Technologies), Momentum Corporate Finance (sale of Gro Company to Mayborn Group), Shaw & Co (sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever Plc), Shaw & Co (MBO of Vouchercloud from Vodafone and onward sale to Groupon).
Business of the year 1-10
ADPR, Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd, Travelbee Ltd/ Arctic Direct, Digirank, Flair 4 Recruitment.
Business of the year 11-50
Cardstream, Key Solutions Mortgages, Prezola, TRIA Recruitment, Turtle Tots.
Business of the year 51+
Consumer Intelligence, ETM Contractors Ltd, The Real Wrap Co., VWV, The Wasdell Group.
Over 600 CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders will attend the prestigious black-tie event with an evening line-up that includes champagne reception, gala dinner, awards presentation and charity casino, with UK comedian Russell Kane as host.