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Winners announced at the 2019 South Holland Business Awards

15th November 2019

Gousto, BeBright Pre School and Lincolnshire Field Products were just some of the winners that scooped top prizes at this year’s South Holland Business Awards.

Nearly 200 business representatives came together for the seventh annual awards ceremony at Springfields Conference and Events Centre in Spalding, celebrating excellent customer service, skills, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in the South Holland district.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception upon arrival, a three-course meal, live entertainment from the talented acoustic singer, Elliott Morris, and of course, the award ceremony itself.

Opening the evening’s celebrations, running through the categories and announcing the winners, was morning BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter, Melvyn Prior.

The full list of winners:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by the University Academy Holbeach

Warren Harris, FreshLinc

And highly commended is Abbie Sands, National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Business Innovation – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis

Lincolnshire Field Products

Customer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law

Molsom & Associates Ltd

And highly commended is Woodlands Hotel

Food, Drink and Farming – sponsored by Lincolnshire Field Products

Laddies Ices

Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Charmed Interiors

BeBright Pre School

And highly commended is Red Shoes Media & Marketing

Supporting the Community – sponsored by Welland Power

Little Miracles South Holland

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by South Holland District Council

Shayne Tyler, Fresca Group

Business of the Year – sponsored by Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa

Gousto

And highly commended is Ashwood Homes

Tanisha Fitzjohn-Fidler from Ringrose Law and Royals Gym both picked up the Ones to Watch prizes, new to this year’s awards.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’d like to firstly take this opportunity, on behalf of myself, the Chamber and the judging panel to thank our winners, finalists and all of our applicants for taking the time to put together a submission.

“South Holland is an area full of talent and excellent service and these awards are all about recognising and showcasing this work and we are so proud an honoured to provide a platform for the businesses to shout about their successes.

“The judging process was particularly difficult this year and we were delighted to award a new edition for this year’s awards, which was the ‘Ones to Watch’ and we are excited to see where those individuals and businesses go in the next 12 months.

“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our headline sponsor, FreshLinc, this event really wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of all our sponsors, and we look forward to making a return next year.”

The Chamber would like to say a huge thank you to all sponsors on the night;

Charmed Interiors, Chattertons, Duncan & Toplis, FreshLinc, Iliffe Media, Moore Thompson, Newton Press, Lincolnshire Field Products, Ringrose Law, South Holland District Council, University Academy Holbeach, Welland Power and Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa.

See the full gallery here.

All photography is by Chris Vaughan.

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Last chance to book your tickets for the 2019 South Holland Business Awards

1st November 2019

Local businesses are being invited to the annual South Holland Business Awards which are taking place on 14th November at Springfields Conference and Events Centre in Spalding.

The awards are here to recognise and reward businesses in the local area and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and headline sponsor, FreshLinc are encouraging local businesses to join in the celebrations.

Tables of 10 and single tickets are available for the event and can be purchased here: https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/events/south-holland-business-awards/ or by emailing events@lincs-chamber.co.uk.

On the evening, guests will be treated to a drinks reception, three-course meal and enjoy some entertainment from acoustic singer, Elliott Morris.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Each year we gather to celebrate the diverse array of businesses in the South Holland district and every year we have some fantastic sponsors and supporters come on board and this year is no different, we caught up with a couple to hear why they sponsor these awards.”

Rebecca Inglis, Partner from Chattertons, who are this years’ sponsor of the table wine and have supported the awards since their birth: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Awards again and we’re thrilled to see the event grow year on year.

“For us at Chattertons Spalding, the awards mean an evening of reward and recognition for local businesses as well continuing to put South Holland on the map. We have had a presence in the town since acquiring Crusts in October 2006 and we’re proud to be a part of such a great community.

“As a local business in the area, we want to help further promote the local area and the business community that lies within it. The awards are a fantastic way of recognising the great businesses and businesspeople we have in the district and we’re very much looking forward to the awards evening.”

Another sponsor of the awards is Charmed Interiors who are sponsoring this years’ Small Business of the Year: “We are pleased again to sponsor the Small Business of the Year category, as we own four small businesses varying in size employing over 50 people.

“We understand how running a small business can be time consuming, demanding and equally rewarding, in this current climate it is a more challenging environment for any business but especially for a small business where we have had to adapt our business model to remain competitive in the markets we operate, but winning this award will give the business exposure to its customers and pride in what they are achieving, but also to celebrate their success in the market they operate.”

Simon concluded: “The event wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support from local businesses, so a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, including our media partner Iliffe Media:

• Headline sponsor – FreshLinc

• Drinks Reception sponsor – Moore Thompson

• Table Wine sponsor – Chattertons

• Programme sponsor – Newton Press

• Apprentice of the Year – University Academy Holbeach (UAH)

• Business Innovation – Duncan & Toplis

• Business of the Year – Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa

• Business Person of the Year in memory of Phil Scarlett – South Holland District Council

• Customer Care – Ringrose Law

• Food, Drink and Farming – Lincolnshire Field Products

• Small Business of the Year – Charmed Interiors

• Supporting the Community – Welland Power

For more information about the awards visit www.shb-awards.co.uk/.

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Local businesses sponsor the South Holland Business Awards

29th October 2019

Local businesses sponsor the annual South Holland Business Awards to celebrate and reward the fantastic array of businesses in the district.

The Business of the Year Award is being sponsored by Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa, as they have done for the last three years.

A spokesperson for Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa said: “We value the diverse range of local businesses in the South Holland area, from the sole proprietors to extremely successful international businesses that choose South Holland as their home.

“The hotel staff have been attending the South Holland Business Awards for the last 6 years. We look forward to yet another night of celebrations at the annual Business Awards.”

Another returning sponsor is Lincolnshire Field Products, who are sponsoring the Food, Drink and Farming Award for the second year.

Robin Hancox, Managing Director at Lincolnshire Field Products, said: “As a local company, we are extremely proud to support the local economy and the awards. They have quickly become an important event in the business calendar, to celebrate the achievements and hard work of local businesses and their employees.

“Everyone at Lincolnshire Field Products send their best wishes to all who have entered into this category, and also to those in other categories.”

Other sponsors include:

• University Academy Holbeach

• South Holland District Council

• Welland Power

• Ringrose Law

• Duncan & Toplis

• Charmed Interiors

• Newton Press

• Moore Thompson

• Chattertons

The event is taking place on 14th November at the Springfields Conference and Events Centre, tickets and tables are available and can be booked by via the Chamber website: https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/events/south-holland-business-awards/

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Finalists announced for the 2019 South Holland Business Awards

22nd October 2019

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the finalists for South Holland Business Awards 2019.

Working with our headline sponsors, FreshLinc and media partner, Iliffe Media we look forward to celebrating businesses in South Holland at the event is held at the Springfields Conference and Events Centre in Spalding on 14th November.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “These awards are such a great celebration of the fantastic businesses in South Holland and we are delighted to be announcing this years’ finalists.”

 

Finalists are:

 

Apprentice of the Year Award – sponsored by University Academy Holbeach

Abbie Sands – National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Ellie Norman – Davis Worldwide

George Coupland – Worldwide Fruit

Tanisha Fitzjohn-Fidler - Ringrose Law

Warren Harris – FreshLinc

 

Business of the Year Award

Ashwood Homes

Chattertons

Gousto

 

Customer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law

Chattertons

Molsom & Associates Ltd

Woodlands Hotel

 

Food, Drink and Farming – sponsored by Lincolnshire Field Products

Gousto
Laddies Ices

 

Business Innovation Award – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis

Molsom & Associates Ltd

Lincolnshire Field Products

 

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Charmed Interiors

BeBright Classes
Red Shoes Media and Marketing

Sergi’s Tapas Bar

 

Supporting the Community – sponsored by Welland Power

Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy

Little Miracles South Holland

Royals Gym

 

Simon added: “On behalf of myself and the Chamber, we’d like to thank each and every business who took the time to apply and also all of our sponsors who have supported the award so far this year and previous years.

“Including our category and headline sponsors, we also have Moore Thompson sponsoring the drinks reception, Chattertons are our table wine sponsor and Newton Press are our programme sponsor, so a huge thank you to you all.

Business Person of the Year in memory of Phil Scarlett Award will be announced on the evening.

To book your ticket please visit: www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/events/south-holland-business-awards/

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One week until entries close for 2019 South Holland Business Awards

1st October 2019

Those looking to enter the 2019 South Holland Business Awards only have until 7th October to get their nominations in.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and headline sponsor, FreshLinc are encouraging local businesses to get their nominations in before the deadline to be in with a chance of being recognised on the night.

Business can apply in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business Innovation
  • Business Person of the Year in Memory of Phil Scarlett
  • Customer Care
  • Food, Drink and Farming of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Supporting the Community
  • Business of the Year

Businesses wishing to enter the awards should go to www.shb-awards.co.uk and complete a nomination form or call 01522 523333 for more information.

Following the nomination deadline, three finalists will be shortlisted for each category, finalists will then be invited to a judging day, where they will meet the judging panel, who will select winners in each category.

The South Holland Business Awards will be taking place on Thursday 14th September at Springfields Conference and Events Centre in Spalding.

If you have any questions about the awards, entering or how to book a ticket, please email events@lincs-chamber.co.uk or call 01522 523333.

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Sponsor Spotlight

26th September 2019

The South Holland Business Awards take place on 14th November at the Springfields Events & Conference Centre in Spalding, celebrating the excellent businesses in the South Holland region.

Of course, an event of this size would not be possible without the support of the local business community. This week we would like to shine a spotlight on a few of those who help make the awards a reality through their sponsorship efforts.

Ringrose Law is sponsoring the Customer Care Award, as they have done for several years.

Alex Bennett, Marketing Manager at Ringrose Law, said: “We are once again delighted to be sponsoring the South Holland Business Awards and to be associated with such a prestigious event in the town.

“We are committed to supporting our local community in many ways and feel these awards recognise the successes and achievements in our local community.’

The ceremony is not just about giving out trophies, it is also an opportunity to network and enjoy a glamorous night out. The evening always starts off with a drinks reception, sponsored by Moore Thompson, another regular sponsor of the awards.

Mark Hildred, Managing Partner at Moore Thompson, said: “The South Holland Business Awards are a highlight of the local business calendar and they are an excellent way of recognising the fantastic talent that this region has to offer.

“We work with a variety of businesses, both large and small, and can appreciate the impact that winning an award can have on their future fortunes and so we are extremely proud to be a sponsor. We can’t wait to see who takes home a trophy on the night. From everyone at Moore Thompson, we would like to raise a glass and wish everyone the best of luck.”

The deadline is looming - you can enter the awards until 7th October in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University Academy Holbeach
  • Business Person of the Year – sponsored by South Holland District Council
  • Supporting the Community – sponsored by Welland Power
  • Customer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law
  • Business Innovation – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
  • Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Charmed Interiors
  • Business of the Year – sponsored by Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa
  • Food, Drink and Farming of the Year

For more information about the awards and to enter: www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

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2018 Winners in Focus – National Centre for Food Manufacturing

18th September 2019

National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) scooped the top prize for the Food, Drink and Farming award at the South Holland Business Awards in 2018.

NCFM impressed the judges with their wide variety of courses relevant to Lincolnshire’s booming food and drink industry, research opportunities and industry services.

Sharon Green, Deputy Head, comments: “We entered the awards to gain recognition for the outstanding business contribution that our staff have made within the community. We value the impact that our apprentices have but we also aim to lead by example by employing apprentices.

“We are a nationally leading provider of apprenticeships, but many people locally still don’t know what we do or that the University has a vibrant campus in Holbeach, so winning this award has helped to boost our profile locally.”

Offering part-time study for food industry employees and innovation for businesses, NCFM is part of the University of Lincoln.

Sharon continues: “The value of this award extends beyond reputation and potential business opportunities; it is a chance for us to support a great local event whilst recognising our own team. They appreciate being recognised for their hard work and being shortlisted alone puts big smiles on people's faces!

“The increased awareness doesn’t apply just to potential apprentices, but it receives more attention from companies and the wider community. So, for that reason, we’ll remain focused on winning awards - because what’s good for the food and drink sector is good for us too. Win or lose, being involved matters!”

Don’t miss your chance to enter the awards, they will remain open until 7th October and you can enter in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University Academy Holbeach
  • Business Person of the Year – sponsored by South Holland District Council
  • Supporting the Community – sponsored by Welland Power
  • Customer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law
  • Business Innovation – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
  • Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Charmed Interiors
  • Business of the Year – sponsored by Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa
  • Food, Drink and Farming of the Year

For more information about the awards and to enter: www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

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Entries deadline less than a month away!

11th September 2019

Businesses wishing to enter this year’s South Holland Business Awards only have until the beginning of October to submit their entries.

The deadline for entries is midnight on 7th October 2019 and businesses are encouraged to submit their nominations as soon as possible.

Businesses can enter the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year – celebrating the achievements of learners who have exceeded and show a dynamic approach to training
  • Business Person of the Year in Memory of Phil Scarlett - recognises the business personality who best represents achievements within the business community in South Holland  
  • Business of the Year – rewarding businesses that have not only increased its own profitability and potential but has also had a positive impact on the economy of the region as a whole
  • Business Innovation – celebrates the business that has introduced a new product or process, invention, idea or design that has made a significant contribution to their business
  • Customer Care – a company who demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving its standards of customer care
  • Food, Drink and Farming of the Year – a company who demonstrates a real commitment to local food, drink and farming
  • Small Business of the Year - rewarding businesses that have not only increased its own profitability and potential but has also had a positive impact on the economy of the region as a whole
  • Supporting the Community – recognises organisations which are contributing to the community in which they operate

The awards are taking place on 14th November 2019 at Springfields Conference and Events Centre in Spalding.

Further details on each award category can be found online at www.shb-awards.co.uk or by calling 01522 523333 or to book your ticket please visit: www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/south-holland-business-awards-2019

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2018 Winners in Focus – Worldwide Fruit

4th September 2019

Top quality fruit supplier, Worldwide Fruit scooped the trophy for Business of the Year at last years South Holland Business Awards.

As we gear up to the 2019 awards, Neal Collishaw, Operations Director at Worldwide Fruit, tells us why they entered the awards: “We decided to enter the awards as we are proud to be part of the South Holland community and are keen to support anything which puts this wonderful part of the world on the map.

“We have such a fantastic story to tell, so many people still see food businesses as the “poor relations” even though the sector has so much to offer, including security of employment throughout times of recession, (people always need to eat!), worldwide travel opportunities, as well as the chance to progress and develop and we are exceptionally proud of that.”

Continuous development, a coaching culture, lean production and progressive growth over the years were just some of the reasons Worldwide Fruit impressed the judges in 2018.  

“Winning the award was extremely important to us” said Neal “We’ve advertised our success at every opportunity, with customers, suppliers, potential staff and across the industry. The award has spurred us on to continue with our Continuous Improvement journey, and we are about to embark on the next phase which could result in us eventually going for a Shingo Prize, something very few businesses worldwide have achieved.

Don’t miss your chance to enter the awards, they will remain open until 7th October and you can enter in the following categories:

  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University Academy Holbeach
  • Business Person of the Year – sponsored by South Holland District Council
  • Supporting the Community – sponsored by Welland Power
  • Customer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law
  • Business Innovation – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
  • Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Charmed Interiors
  • Business of the Year – sponsored by Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa
  • Food, Drink and Farming of the Year

Charlotte Watson, PR, Marketing, Comms and Policy Manager at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce said: “We are delighted to have such fantastic sponsors again this year, a huge thank you to all of our category sponsors, headline sponsor; FreshLinc, drinks reception sponsor; Moore Thompson, table wine sponsor; Chattertons and our media partner; Illiffe Media.”

For more information about the awards and to enter: www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

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South Holland Business Awards: Make the most of your application

29th August 2019

The South Holland Business Awards winners will be announced in a glittering ceremony at the Springfields Events & Conference Centre in Spalding on 14th November.

But how do you stand the best chance of bringing home a trophy on the night? We have some tips for you.

First, keep in mind you can apply for more than one award, meaning you can increase your chances of winning. Choose the categories that best fit you and your business:

Writing a strong application is vital; read the judging criteria thoroughly, address each point and include supporting evidence. Your application should be a reasonable length, the judges will be looking for effort and a desire to win.

Make sure to be clear and concise in why you should be considered for this award and what makes you stand out from the other applicants. List your achievements, and especially any awards or accolades you have earned.

Applications for the South Holland Business Awards are open until 7th October, enter by visiting www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/. Good luck!

To book your ticket to the awards ceremony, please visit: https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/south-holland-business-awards-2019

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2018 Winners in Focus – Crowtree Wigwams

20th August 2019

Crowtree Wigwams, a glamping experience based in Spalding picked up the Business Innovation of the Year award at the 2018 South Holland Business Awards.

The South Holland Business Awards recognise and reward outstanding business in South Holland and Crowtree Wigwams showed the judges a fantastic example of business innovation through the diversification of a small cattle enterprise.

Anne Mews of Crowtree Wigwams, said: “We were initially approached to enter the South Holland Business Awards by the representative of the LAG for the local LEADER Wash Fens Development programme as it was felt it would be appropriate to have a business which had received funding to be represented in the nominations and it was fantastic that we actually went on to win”.

The Business Innovation of the Year category seeks to find the company that has introduced a new product or process, invention, idea or design that has made a significant contribution to the business.

Anne continued: “Since winning in 2018, we have certainly benefited from the publicity received on the back of the awards, this has boosted local recognition of the business which in turn has increased bookings meaning the need to expand our staff thus supporting the job market, locally.

“It’s very exciting times for us, as we have plans to expand the business over the next few years; initially to include an accessible cabin on site to encourage the less able to visit our part of Lincolnshire”.

These awards provide a fantastic platform for local business to shout about their achievements, anyone interested in entering the awards can enter by visiting www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

To book your ticket to the awards ceremony, please visit: https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/south-holland-business-awards-2019

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2018 Winners in Focus – Long Sutton Dentistry

15th August 2019

The 2018 South Holland Business Awards saw Long Sutton Dentistry win the Customer Care award owing to its caring approach to the local community.

Talking about their award win is, Jude Doig, Deputy Manager at Long Sutton Dentistry: “When you think of customer service you automatically think of retail or large companies but why can’t small healthcare businesses provide excellent customer care?

“Entering the awards helped us to focus even more on our policies and procedures to ensure every customer received the same high level of care and it was great recognition for the whole team who work really hard to grow and improve our business – without them we just wouldn’t be where we are today.”

The profile businesses receive on the back of these awards continues to be one of many reasons why local businesses apply.

Jude continued: “We’ve had lots of positive feedback from customers and, after a small amount of social media marketing based on our win, we’ve noticed a big change – we are currently accepting over 50 new patients per month which is exceptionally high compared to national statistics.

“Of course, we now have the challenge of maintaining our standards as we grow and since the awards last year we have seen some significant but exciting changes – the team is growing with the addition of a new full-time dentist and building work is starting for a third treatment room.

The Customer Care award celebrates businesses that demonstrate a commitment to continuously improving its standards of customer care.

Jude concluded: “The future is certainly bright for us at Long Sutton Dentistry and entering these awards last year was a great help to showcase our brand to a wider audience area.”

Anyone interested in entering the awards can enter by visiting www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the South Holland Business Awards, visit the South Holland Business Awards website for further information.

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FreshLinc to headline the South Holland Business Awards

6th August 2019

FreshLinc, supply chain management service provider based in Spalding are headlining this years South Holland Business Awards.

Taking place on 14th November 2019 at Springfields Events and Conference Centre supported by media partner; Iliffe Publishing, the awards recognise and reward outstanding businesses in the South Holland district.

Ashley Holland, Commercial Manager at FreshLinc, said: “FreshLinc are delighted to be headline sponsors of the 2019 South Holland Business Awards. We have attended the event every year for the past five years and really value how it celebrates all the great local businesses and the people who work in them.

“FreshLinc have been delivering fresh produce, chill and horticultural products throughout the UK since 1996. It has been able to flourish because of the outstanding people it employs and the vast array of local suppliers of products and services in the area, they themselves having grown, diversified, innovated and developed themselves with the challenges every business face.

“South Holland is truly a beautiful place to work and live, with its diverse society and a can-do attitude, we are not only proud of our local area and heritage; we are proud to sponsor this year’s award and look forward to celebrating with all the businesses and people who attend on the night.”

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “These awards have gone from strength to strength and this year we have ambitious plans to make it bigger and better than ever and with the support of such a prominent and thriving business like FreshLinc from the area we are excited to see what the 2019 awards have in store.”

Other sponsors include; Moore Thompson, Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa, Duncan & Toplis, South Holland District Council, Ringrose Law, Charmed Interiors and Welland Power.

Anyone interested in entering the awards can enter by visiting www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

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2018 Winners in Focus – Tonic Health

30th July 2019

Our catch up with 2018 South Holland Business Award winners continues and this week it’s Tonic Health, a charity community hub for health and wellbeing based in Spalding.

Tonic Health took home the Supporting the Community award in 2018, which aims to recognise organisations contributing to the community in which they operate.

Chair of Trustees, Michael Morris, highlighted the awards as being a perfect opportunity to look back and see what they’ve achieved: “We have entered the awards on two previous occasions, and receiving a highly commended both times, so thought this would be third time lucky!

“Entering awards such as the South Holland Business Awards provide a perfect platform to look back over what we have delivered and how this has helped the community. As a local charity, the awards help to put us in the spotlight and have our name mixing with other leading businesses and organisations in the area.

“The award has given us an extra boost to strive and develop our ideas and thinking so that we can grow, flourish and continue to make a difference to our local community. We constantly struggle to get our name out into the public domain – for all the people who know about us and the work we do, there are a large number that still haven’t heard about us, so any publicity gained just helps that little bit more!”

At the 2018 awards, judges were impressed with the cutting-edge support that Tonic Health provided to its patients, carers and carers families and its strong links and effective collaborations with local groups, companies and organisations resulting in a successful funding bid of £108,000.

Michael commented on the award win: “Winning the Supporting the Community award was testament to the hard work we have put into the running and development of the organisation and a huge reflection that we are doing well, so all in all very proud indeed.

Anyone interested in entering the awards should visit www.shb-awards.co.uk/apply-for-an-award/

As always, the South Holland Business Awards wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship from local businesses and there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for 2019, click here for further information.

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2018 Winners in Focus - Oliver Horne

23rd July 2019

With entries for the 2019 South Holland Business Awards now open, over the coming weeks we’re catching up with some past winners to find out what has changed since winning in 2018 and how the awards have benefitted them.

First up is Oliver Horne, student at the University of Lincoln National Centre for Food and Manufacturing (NCFM) and winner of the Apprentice of the Year award in 2018.

Oliver impressed the judges with the developments he’d made since leaving sixth form and his passion for his future aspirations.

Talking about why he entered the awards is Oliver: “The awards were brought to my attention by my colleague and I decided to enter because I felt over the course of my apprenticeship I’d learnt and achieved so much and it would be great to have the opportunity to shout about it.”

For Oliver, the awards were a great platform to shout about his achievements, which are something he is very proud of: “I’ve worked in such an interesting environment for a long time now, where I can thrive, constantly learning and building my knowledge and expanding my experiences.

“The award meant a lot to me because it gives recognition for things that would have otherwise been taken for granted as just being part of my job and entering and winning these awards showed how I went the extra mile in my role.”

There’s no stopping Oliver, as he is now reaching the end of his Food Industry Technical Professional integrated degree apprenticeship and tells us his plans for the future: “After almost 5 years working for the University of Lincoln, I’ve finally achieved my BSc (Hons) Food science and Technology degree, which was my goal when I first got the job as a technician at NCFM at just 17. Though I very much doubt this will be the end of my formal education and it definitely won’t be the end of my learning as I learn so much day to day at work.

“I plan on staying with NCFM, progressing in my current role. This will be full of opportunities for me as we take on more research and students, plus as we begin to expand to our new site on the new Food Enterprise zone in Holbeach.”

The Apprenticeship of the Year award showcases and celebrates the achievements of learners who have exceeded expectations and shown a dynamic approach to training.

Anyone interested in entering the awards should visit https://www.shb-awards.co.uk/#Awards

As always, the South Holland Business Awards wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship from local businesses and there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for 2019, visit the South Holland Business Awards website for further information.

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South Holland Business Awards are back for 2019

16th July 2019

The South Holland Business Awards are back again are taking place on the 14th November at Springfields Conference & Events Centre in Spalding.

This is the 7th year that the business awards have been running, and this year we are set to be bigger and better than ever.

Supported by this years’ media partner, Iliffe Publishing, the awards are open to both members and non-members of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and all guests will be treated to a drinks reception, three course meal and entertainment.  

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: The South Holland business community has a lot to celebrate and we are encouraging local businesses to enter for their chance to win one of the prestigious awards.

“Last year, we saw some fantastic businesses win, including; Tonic Health, Long Sutton Dentistry and Crowtree Wigwams, to name a few.”

There are eight award categories in total which include:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business of the year
  • Supporting the Community
  • Excellence in Customer Care
  • Business Innovation of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year in memory of Phil Scarlett
  • Food and Farming Business of the Year

Entries are now open to all these categories, and there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities also available.

Jeremy Ransome, editor of Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the awards this year as media partner, we have some fantastic businesses in the area and it’s great that we can help shout about their achievements.”

Tickets for this event cost just £35 + vat for members and £50 + vat for non-members.

For more information, to apply or to sponsor the event please visit https://www.shb-awards.co.uk/or contact the Lincolnshire Chamber on events@lincs-chamber.co.uk.

 

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Winners announced at the South Holland Business Awards 2018

16th November 2018

More than 150 business representatives came together last night (November 15) at the sixth annual South Holland Business Awards recognising the amazing talent the district has to offer.

Tonic Health, Worldwide Fruit and Long Sutton Dentistry were amongst the winners announced at the event, held at Springfield’s Events and Conference Centre in Spalding.

Opening the evening’s celebrations, running through the categories and announcing the winners, was BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter, Melvyn Prior.

Two new categories were introduced for this years awards; Food, Drink and Farming and The Phil Scarlett Memorial Award.

The full winner list is:

Supporting the Community Award

Tonic Health

Customer Care Award

Long Sutton Dentistry

Business Innovation Award

Crowtree Wigwams

Apprentice of the Year

Oliver Horne

The Phil Scarlett Memorial Award

David and Susan Norton

New Business of the Year

Sergi’s Tapas Bar

Small Business of the Year

Molsom & Associates Limited

Food, Drink and Farming

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Business Person of the Year

Peter Issitt of Crowland Cranes

Business of the Year

Worldwide Fruits

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself, the Chamber and the judging panel to thank our winners, finalists and all of our applicants for taking the time to put together a submission.

“We’re proud of all the winners and finalists, and we’re honoured to provide a platform for them to shout about their success.

“Although the judging was particularly difficult this year, with the introduction of two new categories, but we have been extremely impressed with the high standard of applications, demonstrating the wide variety of skills, expertise and work being achieved across the district.

“Finally, a huge thank you to our headline sponsors PSP IT Design and Development, your support has been fantastic and this event just wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of all of our sponsors. Here’s to 2019!”

The Chamber would like to say a huge thank you to all sponsors on the night who included;

Moore Thompson, Chattertons, Newton Press, University Academy Holbeach, Woodhouse Farm Lodge, South Holland District Council, Welland Power, Ringrose Law, Duncan & Toplis, Charmed Interiors and Bookmark.

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Yazzy - Our Entertainment At The 2018 Awards Evening

5th November 2018

Yazzy is a singer-songwriter hailing from North Devon, UK.

If you enjoy soulful powerhouse vocalists such as Adele, Sam Smith or Amy Winehouse, then you will love Yazzy’s stunning mix of innovative soundscapes and traditional ballads.

The artist recently received her big break when she was discovered by the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis. Yazzy has now cut her teeth as the supporting artist for Paloma Faith at the Glastonbury Extravaganza in 2018, with 10,000 people in attendance to this sell-out show.

Yazzy’s personal mantra in her life and professional career is that she is “Half Lioness, Half Songbird”. As a unique and distinctive recording artist, Yazzy brings her fiery passion and sensitive vulnerability to her performances, which is absolutely bewitching to behold!

What sets Yazzy apart from other artists in the industry, is that her songs are weaved with intricate and engaging storytelling complete with her raw and emotional performance.

 

Follow the link to find out more about Yazzy and her music!

https://www.yazzymusicofficial.com/

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The Finalists Of The South Holland Business Awards Are...

2nd November 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 finalists have been chosen and excitement is building ahead of the award presentation evening on Thursday 15th November.
The South Holland Business Awards, recognising and rewarding outstanding business in South Holland, is a glittering event showcasing the very best of South Holland business.

The black tie event promises to be a fabulous evening with a wonderful 3 course meal, a perfect networking opportunity and great entertainment. Yazzy, a very talented singer with an amazing voice, is joining us all the way from Exeter and will be performing throughout the evening.
The event is held at the Springfields Event Centre in Spalding and there are still a few seats available so don’t miss out and book your place now by visiting:
https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/south-holland-business-awards-2018

Well done to the following businesses and individuals who have been selected as finalists:

Apprentice/Young Achiever of the Year Award
Nicky Andrew of Woodlands Hotel
Oliver Horne of National Centre for Food Manufacturing
Brandon Pontin of Boston College
Sophie Bowers of National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Business Person of the Year Award
Pete Issitt of Crowland Cranes
Sue Lamb of Lambs Flowers
Andrew Ellis of Poplar Farm Flowers
Rodney Wilson of RK Wilson Builder

Supporting the Community Award
Larkfleet Homes
Chattertons
Tonic Health

Customer Care Award
Long Sutton Dentistry
Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy
Woodlands Hotel

New / Small Business of the Year Award
Sergi’s Tapas Bar
Molsom & Associates

Business of the Year Award
Sunflower Lodge Child Care
Maples Solicitors
Worldwide Fruit

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The awards are now in their fifth year and the submissions we have received have gone from strength to strength. On behalf of myself and the Chamber, we’d like to thank each and every business who took the time to apply and also all of our sponsors who have supported the awards. We look forward to celebrating with you all at the award ceremony.

The finalists will be attending the award ceremony with dinner and live entertainment on Thursday 15th November.
For further information about the awards, visit: www.shb-awards.co.uk.

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Winners announced from the South Holland Business Awards 2017

6th December 2017

Gousto, Chain Bridge Forge and Welland Power were just some of the winners that scooped top awards at that this year’s South Holland Business Awards, at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding.

All winners demonstrated excellent customer service, skills, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in their applications, and it was inspiring to hear so many achievements from the winners as they accepted their awards.

Now it its fifth year, the awards have grown into one of Lincolnshire Chambers most popular events, and this year’s ceremony was a sell-out evening.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception upon arrival, a three-course meal, live entertainment from the stunning delights of The BlueBird Belles, and of course, the award ceremony itself.

Malcolm Prior, Morning Presenter from BBC Radio Lincolnshire kick started the celebrations by welcoming guests with his usual lovely charm before moving on to announcing the winners

The full list of winners includes:

Business of the Year:
New/Small Business of the Year:
Supporting the Community Award:
Customer Care Award:
Business Innovation of the Year:
Apprentice of the Year:
Business Person of the Year:
Wellend Power
Paul Lawrence Plumbing & Heating Services
Bakkavor
The Moorings
Chain Bridge Forge
Lee Smalley from Worldwide Fruit Ltd
Muzna Butt from Gousto
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All sponsorship opportunities gone for South Holland Business Awards

22nd September 2017

All sponsors have now been confirmed for the South Holland Business Awards happening soon on Thursday, November 23.

PSP IT are thrilled to be this year’s headline sponsor for the third year running and their Chief Executive Joe Verde spoke to the Chamber saying;

“For PSP IT Design & Development, it’s a way of giving something back to the community.

We wanted to pledge our support again to the South Holland Business Awards 2017, for the third consecutive year running.

As headline sponsor we are passionate about supporting our local business community. 

People can expect another great night which will celebrate the success of South Holland businesses, as well as a fantastic networking opportunities.”

Entering an award is free and one business can enter a maximum of three categories.

Only businesses based within the South Holland are required to enter.

Entries close on Thursday, October 5.

This year’s event is being held at the Springfields Event and Conference Centre on Thursday 23 November and guests can expect a welcome drinks reception, a three course dinner, key note speakers and live entertainment taking you through the evening.

Applications are available to download now from www.shb-awards.co.uk

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Who is sponsoring this year’s South Holland Business Awards?

22nd August 2017

Sponsor opportunities have almost completely gone for the South Holland Business Awards happening this November on Thursday 23 at Springfields Event & Conference Centre in Spalding.

Duncan & Toplis are sponsoring the Business Innovation of the Year category and said;

“We had no hesitation in agreeing to once again sponsor the Business Innovation category at these awards.

“It has been a busy year for businesses in the area and it’s fantastic to see them being recognised for their achievements.

“At Duncan & Toplis we continue to provide a full range of services covering everything a business needs to keep it on the right financial track. 

“Innovation is going to be key for the future prosperity of the area and is being supported by various tax reliefs that have proved very valuable to many of our clients.”

University Academy Holbeach are sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year category which last year went out to not one but four winners.

The Academy spoke about sponsoring this exciting category saying;

“University Academy Holbeach is proud to once again sponsor the award for Apprentice of the Year.

“We have been a part of the national drive to promote apprenticeships since we became the first school in the Country to have its own contract in 2009.

“The Academy offers apprenticeships at levels 2 and 3 in 14 different frameworks. We are delighted to work with a variety of local companies and have been pleased to support many small businesses through their apprenticeship journey.

“Without a doubt, the greatest satisfaction comes from the success of our young learners as they move into the world of work and we wish them all well”.

The Chamber would like to thank all sponsors so far including;

  • Charmed Interiors and Spalding Bookmark for sponsoring Small/New business of the Year;
  • Definition’s Health & Fitness for sponsoring Supporting the Community Award;
  • Ringrose Law for sponsoring the Customer Care Award;
  • South Holland District Council for sponsoring Business Person of the Year;
  • Newton Press for sponsoring the programmes and
  • Moore Thompson for sponsoring the drinks reception.

Applications are still open for those businesses who are thinking about entering and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are encouraging businesses in the South Holland area to enter for the chance of winning a prestigious award.

Please visit the website at www.shb-awards.com for an application form and for further information about this event.

Alternatively, please call the Chamber now on 01522 523333 or email at Enquiries@lincs-chamber.co.uk.

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7 reasons to enter the South Holland Business Awards.

17th July 2017

Entries are now open for the South Holland Business Awards on Thursday 23rd November, and local businesses are gearing up for yet another fantastic celebration.

The awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and innovation being carried out in the South Holland business community and last year, over 200 guests were in attendance and dressed to the nines for the biggest sell out event to date – all organised by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

So if you’re a business operating in the South Holland area and haven’t thought about entering for an award this year, well here’s a few reasons why you should give it some serious thought.

  1. Increased confidence and motivation - “Winning the award definitely gave me an extra boost of confidence and motivation” – a quote from last year’s Apprentice of the Year award Nicole Sleaford from Infotel Solutions. Winning an award as special as this will create a buzz among employees and give everyone a better sense of confidence which can only lead to positivity, productivity and happiness in the workplace.
  2. FREE PR & Marketing - All entrants will automatically receive free PR services from the Chamber of Commerce. This will include featuring in our monthly e-shots (sent to our whole member database), being included in our monthly Chamber Matters magazine which sits inside the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper, getting mentioned in the news section on our website and our monthly news columns which are sent to the Spalding Guardian (yes, get seen on this page).
  3. Opportunity to attend a high business profile event - The South Holland Business Awards are one of the most popular business events to happen in Spalding and it only comes around once a year. Therefore it’s a great opportunity to get your business seen and heard, whether that’s through entering an award, sponsoring a category or coming along for the three course meal.
  4. Access to other like-minded businesses - Have you ever met or even socialised with your business neighbours? The South Holland Business Awards provide the perfect setting to get to know your peers outside the office environment, over food, wine and live entertainment. A nice ice-breaker and a very memorable way to meet people.
  5. Show customers and clients what you’re made of - Do you ever feel like your business could do with some extra recognition? After all, you work hard all week long so why not just go for it. Winning an award provides an extra level of credibility, it’s a nice touch on the end of an email signature or even as a pop out box on your website. It gives customers confidence in your product/service and builds instant trust between you and your target audience.
  6. Awards can set you apart from other similar businesses including your competitors - It creates a real selling point for your business helping you stand out from the crowd, and it really is something to brag about. Also, why not proudly display the award in your reception/office area ensuring it’s the first thing clients see when they walk into your establishment.
  7. A night out for the team - Once the summer holidays are over, it’s nice to have an in-between event during the build up to Christmas – keeping spirits high and getting everyone excited. It’s something fun that the whole team can look forward to.

Winning a business award and becoming a finalist has innumerable benefits, so enter today for your chance to win and be part of something big in your local community.

Applications can be downloaded from the website at www.shb-awards.co.uk

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business Person of the year
  • Supporting the Community Award
  • Customer Care Award
  • Business Innovation of the Year Award
  • New/Small Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year

Tickets are just £32.50+VAT for Chamber members and £42.50+VAT for non-members. Tables of ten can also be booked at a 10% discounted rate.

The Chamber look forward to seeing you at the Springfield’s Conference and Events Centre in November for the awards dinner and ceremony.

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The Return of the South Holland Business Awards 2017.

17th April 2017

Local businesses can now start looking forward to one of the Chambers biggest events of the year. The South Holland Business Awards are back with a bang and are taking place this year on the 23 November at Springfields Conference & Events Centre in Spalding.

The awards which are now in its 5th year running are set to be even bigger than last years which saw over 200 guests in attendance.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce caught up with all four of the 2016 apprentice winners to see what winning meant for them, if they would do it all again and what they thought about going to their first award ceremony in Spalding.

Kirsty Buffham, Energy Broker Administrator from Fairnet Commercial Services said:

“Since winning this award, I have taken on more responsibilities within Fairnet Commercial Services, and more clients are willing to pass queries through to me because I am a more recognized member of the team.

“It clearly shows starting as an apprentice can get you somewhere as I have been working for Fairnet Commercial Services for over two years now”.

“Representing Fairnet Commercial Services at the Business Awards was an honor as it is a great business to work for”.

The awards are open to both members and non-members of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. All guests will be treated to a three course meal and drinks reception, which will be followed by live entertainment, guest speakers and of course the award ceremony itself.

Speaking about the atmosphere and entertainment on the night, Jacques Ripley from Maples Solicitors, another apprentice winner said:

“The evening was organised and presented brilliantly with the venue looking outstanding.

“The singing Waiting Staff were an excellent touch to the evening and the guest speakers gave very interesting talks.

“It was very rewarding for me personally to win this award as it gave me a sense of achievement and it’s all thanks to Maples. It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the business community in such a wonderful, thriving town.

“Winning this award has given me more motivation to develop my skills and be more confident with the responsibilities I am given by my employers. As a result of being successful with the Apprentice of the Year award, I feel my maturity has also grown within the workplace.

“Furthermore, it was nice to see the hard work I put into the apprenticeship course paid off, and celebrating it with Maples was an added bonus”.

Nicole Sleaford from Infotel Solutions who also won the apprentice award gave her thoughts on winning saying:

“I was really excited to have been given the opportunity to kick-start my marketing career via an apprenticeship working with Infotel Solutions. To have had my work recognised with the award was a really proud moment and a great achievement.

“Winning completely reinforced the benefits of an apprenticeship.

“Infotel Solutions has always been really supportive and winning the award definitely gave me an extra boost of confidence and motivation.

“It has also inspired me to keep on learning while I’m working because I see the benefits of increasing my skills and knowledge”.

The final apprentice winner, Lisa Wright who is now a Clerical Assistant at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing College of Science also spoke to the Chamber about her increased confidence since winning the award saying:

“Winning the award meant a lot to me as it was my colleagues who nominated me, and knowing they believed I deserved to be nominated was a huge boost to my self-confidence.

“Winning the award was very flattering and it helped me to appreciate what I had achieved having worked at the University for just over a year at that time”.

Speaking about awards ceremony, Lisa said:

“I had never been at an event like the awards before so I had no idea what to expect, but it was a really fun and relaxed evening which myself and my colleagues all enjoyed.

“If there is an opportunity in the future for me to put a colleague forward for a similar award, I will gladly do so - knowing how much it meant to me and with the hope that I can do the same for someone else”.

With a sell-out event last year, the Chamber are gearing up for another huge ceremony which recognises the spirit of the business community in Spalding.

The South Holland business community has a lot to celebrate and the Chamber are encouraging local businesses to enter for their chance to win one of the prestigious awards.

There are seven award categories in total which include:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business Person of the year
  • Supporting the Community Award
  • Customer Care Award
  • Business Innovation of the Year Award
  • New/Small Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year

Tickets for this event cost just £32.50 for members and £42.50 for non-members or businesses will receive a 10% discount when booking a table of ten. This is priced at just £300+ VAT for members and £400+ VAT for non-members.

For more information and an application just go to www.shb-awards.com

Or, to book now, just call the Chamber on 01522 523333 or enquiries@lincs-chamber.co.uk

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