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New Forest businesses - be inspired to reach for the sky!

Whatever business sector you're in, get the important things right and the sky is the limit

nfbp brilliance business winners 2019 600The atmosphere at last week’s New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards was buzzing and the stories of the finalists at 2019 New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards inspirational. In our book all the finalists are "winners" too - it takes a lot to get there.

Over 150 people representing a wide range of businesses and organisations across the New Forest had gathered to anticipate, celebrate and congratulate them at the fourteenth annual awards on Thursday 28 November 2019, this year for the first time in the splendid surroundings of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of the New Forest Business Partnership began the formal proceedings with an upbeat and positive review of and prognosis for the New Forest business scene.

Podiatrist and business owner and champion of exemplary customer service Hilary Nossiter of Forest Foot and Health then told her own inspirational story and how winning Business of the Year last year made such a difference to her business during the following 12 months and how customers and staff have helped her take the business to another new level.  

30 inspiring stories of business determination and dedication

Each of the 30 finalists in the ten categories had an inspiring story to tell and made for a really interesting and uplifting awards presentation as each category was announced, the respective finalist story told then the category winner announced and the award presented by the category sponsor.

Lymington.com business member winners!

We were thrilled for Tim Wookey previously Marketing and Companionship Director at Colten Care (link is to current respite care offer) who has recently launched his own already successful coffee business amamus and won the award for Entrepreneurship; for Young Person in Business award winner Jeremy Whitworth who has risen steadily during his short life to become Assistant Hotel Manager at the excellent Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu; for Debbie Mulkern who has worked tirelessly to build her amazing New Forest Aromatics and was rewarded with the award for Contribution to the National Park, and for Richard and Domine Nowell who have through their skills and enormously hard work brought us the Lymington Seafood Festival and Dogstival both of which now annual festivals bring many thousands of extra visitors to the New Forest – they very deservedly won the award for Contribution to the Visitor Economy.  Lots more finalists and winners also had great stories told and you can see the full list of sponsors, finalists and winners here!

NFBP Brilliance in Business Awards 2019 Balmer Lawn Business of the Year Recognising the value of developing and nurturing staff talent to achieve ambitious growth plans earned long established family owned Brockenhurst-based Balmer Lawn Hotel not only the Training and Development category but ultimately the pinnacle of the night:  New Forest Business of the Year.   

Having witnessed the transformation of this long established and locally much loved hotel over the last 5 whilst promoting and championing it on these pages we are particularly delighted for General Manager Michael Clitheroe and his team who had helped to win it, many of whom were present and from whom shrieks of joy erupted on hearing that they’d won the biggest Award of the night!  Michael said: “The hotel has undergone a huge transformation over the last five years both as a local and regional business and fantastic industry leading employer. I’m very proud to receive this award in recognition of an incredible team’s achievement." More here about the Balmer Lawn story.

Matt Callaghan, Economic Development Manager at New Forest District Council, said “These awards demonstrate that there is so much to celebrate and be positive about doing business here in the New Forest. We have seen that the District is home to businesses and individuals leading the way nationally and internationally in their individual fields. ”

Positive persevering people not only making enormous strides with growing and strengthening their businesses but also getting recognition from their peers – what’s not to like!

If you're inspired to reach for the sky with your business...

Next year - enter your business!  And meanwhile if you have big ideas about growing your business and are thinking about how to get a loan or other finance we recommend you speak with extremely helpful and well connected commercial finance facilitator Sandeep Sesodia of MGPS Commercial, also a Board member of New Forest Business Partnership who with a long career in finance has exceptionally good contacts.

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