2018 Brilliance in Business Awards
The excitement mounts for this year’s finalists in the #nfbizawards
The New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards winners will be announced at the annual awards evening on 6 December at Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst.
As Chairman Matthew Lawson explains: "NFBP aims to create an environment in the New Forest which offers opportunities for young people, poses an attractive option for business investment and delivers a culture in which indigenous businesses can thrive."
It's all about doing everything we can to make the New Forest an ever better place for businesses of all sizes to prosper and grow!
Stiff competition against strict criteria in each category
The annual Brilliance in Business Awards showcase the best of New Forest businesses old and new across a range of categories - for example demonstrating exemplary customer service, excellence in training and development, making a contribution to the National Park, the New Forest Community and the New Forest Visitor Economy.
There are also awards for innovation and entreneurship and a very special one sponsored by Eric Robinson for “Young Person in Business” - an individual aged under 30 years who has made a significant contribution to a business in the position of owner, employee or trainee/apprentice.
Competition was stiff and the finalists have all done exceptionally well against strict criteria set by the judges in each category.
All the finalists are listed on the NFBP website
This link will take you to the web page detailing all the finalists across all the categories with links to each of their websites and from there to their social media pages. Whilst searching #nfbizawards in Twitter or Instagram will bring you to all the latest news on social media.
Championing just a few of the finalists here...
As regular champions of local businesses we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the businesses you may not already know about. Behind each of the business names is a link to either the website or a page on Lymington.com.
We're starting with the finalists in the category “Best New Business” sponsored by the New Forest Enterprise Centre – that’s for either “innovation in terms of a new business idea, or demonstration of exceptional skills in the establishment and development of a business started within the previous 2 years”.
The Sett in Brockenhurst sounds like just the place to take winter refuge for a tasty sweet or savoury snack, home-made and locally sourced – joint owner Maisy studied at River Cottage! From Lymington we can even leave the car at home and just jump on the train!
Whilst Will’s Fudge Kitchen with its astonishing range of artisan fudge flavours definitely sounds worth a little jaunt over to Lepe!
And Wyldfire Signage offers “dynamic, real-time digital signage tailored to amplify your events and enhance the audience experience” – think we’ll have to find out more!
New Forest Tartan is still quite a well kept secret but here’s Shyla modelling a collar which demonstrates how perfectly it captures the beautiful colours of the
New Forest - the greens of oak and holly, the silvery grey of silver birch, purple heather and russet red for deer and bracken! You can buy the collars along with other temptingly gorgeous products from the website!
Along with the brilliant New Forest Aromatics with their divine smelling candles, soaps, lotions and potions and much more and also Sally Fear Photography who "gets in where other people don't" to capture the gritty and stunning realism of life in the heart of the New Forest, they're a finalist in the category "Outstanding Contribution to the National Park".
The New Forest District Council Award for Outstanding Customer Care is for businesses which “recognise the importance of the customer in developing their business and can demonstrate how analysis and response to customers needs have assisted in developing a growing business”. And since we all appreciate outstanding customer care we thought we’d feature all of these as well!
The finalists include The Forest Foot and Health Clinic which for 20 years has been providing excellent podiatry and foot care, osteopathy, physiotherapy and sports massage in Cadnam
Whilst Sandra’s Florist in Holbury is another long established business with a reputation for providing a breathtaking range of high quality fresh flowers and personal service.
And Shorefield Holidays a name with which you’re sure to be familiar have been providing family holidays since 1958! They offer everything from luxury weekend self-catering breaks to camping & touring with a range of holiday parks across the New Forest, Hampshire and Dorset.
Finally we’re delighted that two more business members of Lymington.com are finalists in the category of the Go New Forest Award for Contribution to the New Forest Visitor Economy.
These are the enterprising - and also environmental champions - The New Forest Paddlesport Company along with the wonderful Countryside Education Trust which does so much to foster a love and appreciation of the countryside and to share knowledge and skills with both adults and children.
As above do read about all the finalists on this NFBP web page - and best of luck to all the finalists not just for whoever wins next week but for all their businesses in the year to come!