Winners crowned at Business Leader Awards

Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the Business Leader Awards

Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the Business Leader Awards

A number of businesses and individuals walked off with prizes at the North Somerset Business Leader Awards.

Over 260 of the region’s top business leaders and companies were in attendance at the inagural North Somerset Business Leader Awards, which was hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE.

The legendary explorer gave a twenty minute speech before overseeing an Awards ceremony to reveal the winners.

Over 103 businesses and individuals entered the Awards, with three companies shortlisted per category by a panel of judges.

Charles Cook, Managing Partner at Cook and Co Solicitors, who were key sponsors at the event, comments: “We were proud to sponsor the North Somerset Business Leader Awards – it was a superb night.

“It was great to see something high-profile for business in the region that was so well organised.”

Michelle Michael of The Grand Pier, who won Business of the Year comments: ” We were delighted to be recognised by winning Business of the Year, especially since our business is three years old next month.

“Winning an award such as this always creates a great buzz amongst our team and demonstrates why it is so important to keep standards and customer service high.  We look forward to retaining it next year.”

Graham Cooper, who was one of the ten judges, and is Managing Director of Portishead based OnePost comments: “The Business Leader Awards gave a clear message about the economic importance of this region, which is quite frequently overshadowed by larger neighbours.”

Mike Turner, whose business won Innovation of the Year comments: “Winning Innovation of the Year demonstrates that Staff Guardian is a business that offers a truly innovative solution for lone workers; and highlights this to potential customers as we continue to grow in the market.

“It was a fantastic night all round, with a great host and a professional, classy feel.”

The full list of winners were as follows:

Sustainability in Business Award: Alliance Homes

Marketing Campaign of the Year: North Somerset Council

Business in the Community Award: Curzon Community Cinema

Training Initiative Award: Weston College

Employer of the Year: Weston College

Innovation of the Year: Staff Guardian

Customer Excellence Award: Castelan Group

Sian Lloyd Jones Business Award: LiteTile

Small Business of the Year: Pursuit Training

Young Business Person of the Year: Gemma Hughes – Dowlas

Entrepreneur of the Year: Hayden Rushton – Britannia Windows

Business of the Year: Grand Pier

Andrew Scott, Founder of Business Leader Magazine and North Somerset Business Leader Awards comments: “This was a truly special occasion.

“The best of business was showcased on the night and we were proud to host so many influential leaders across business, government and education.

“On behalf of the whole business leader team, congratulations to all of the winners and also to the companies that were shortlisted.”

The event was held at DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House.

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