Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners of the Inspire Business Awards, showcasing fantastic, ambitious businesses based across the South West of England.

The last 18 months have been tough in one way or another for most businesses and business leaders, and yet many have displayed amazing fortitude, innovation and resilience to emerge from the pandemic period in good shape to continue to serve their customers and provide a livelihood and secure future for their staff.

These awards are different from pre pandemic ones in that some categories focussed specifically on the achievements of many businesses in responding to the particular challenges faced by us all over the last year and a half, as well as those which will face us in the coming years, such as the need to work towards a lower carbon economy and to have a positive impact our communities.

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artemis

Business of the year 10-24 employees

Are you a business that others would aspire to be? We are looking to celebrate a business that is best in class across all aspects of their organisation. Can you demonstrate customer excellence and employee satisfaction, an innovative approach to product or service development all underpinned by strong financials? Do you have an eye to your carbon footprint and a responsible impact on your community?

WINNER

Apsley Engineering

FINALISTS

Direct Healthcare Solutions & Safewell

edison

Business of the year 25+ employees

Are you a business that others would aspire to be? We are looking to celebrate a business that is best in class across all aspects of their organisation. Can you demonstrate customer excellence and employee satisfaction, an innovative approach to product or service development all underpinned by strong financials? Do you have an eye to your carbon footprint and a responsible impact on your community?

WINNER

CatSci

FINALISTS

Hillbrush & IEW

IMSM Logo

Business who has excelled in delivering Customer Excellence

Are you a business that delights their customers? Can you show a thorough understanding of what your customers want and that you are delivering service that meets your customers objectives?

WINNER

Systemagic

FINALISTS

All Med Pro & Wessex Fleet

wansbroughs

Manufacturer of the year

Are you a manufacturer who wants to shout about their performance? Are you proud of your operational efficiency, innovation in product development and responsiveness to changing market conditions? Do you have a clear plan for growth in the business? Can you demonstrate satisfied customers and good staff relations?

WINNER

Leafield Environmental

FINALISTS

Hillbrush & Sunflow

Core

Business who has led the way in Export and International Trade

Can you demonstrate increasing commercial success selling your products or services overseas? Or do you have an interesting story to share of some of the challenges and obstacles of trading internationally and how you overcame them?

WINNER

Leafield Marine

FINALISTS

Reventec & Jo Bird

Apetito

Business with the most impressive progress towards Net Zero

Are you a business that has made significant moves toward our collective goal to reach NetZero? You could be a business that has; significantly reduced their carbon footprint or changed your supply chain to help reduce it, launched a product or service which is sustainable and green or a business that operates in the low carbon economy supporting others to make this change.

WINNER

Jo Bird

FINALISTS

Sinewave & Systemagic

sa group

Best Advisory Firm in terms of Client impact

Are you an organisation built on supporting or advising other businesses and their leaders? We are looking for a firm who has gone above and beyond for their clients and achieved demonstrative results for them in the last 18 months.

WINNER

Realise Design

FINALISTS

South West Business Finance & Begbies Traynor

hillsbrush

Food Business of the year

Have you innovated your product or the delivery of your product in response to changed market conditions or heightened focus on the need for healthy eating.

WINNER

HotTea Mama

FINALIST

The Bay Tree

Wiltshire College & University Centre

Most innovative hospitality business in recovering from the effects of the Pandemic

Are you a hospitality business that had to diversify or innovate to survive the pandemic?
Have you snatched victory from the jaws of defeat?

WINNER

Urban Creation

FINALIST

Cupp Bubble Tea Salisbury

abel and imray

Best new product or service brought to market during the pandemic

Are you a business that has brought a new product or service to market since April 2020? Can you demonstrate that your new product or service innovation has brought significant impact or benefit to customers as well as commercial success?

WINNER

JP Concrete

FINALISTS

NDC Certification & Crossover Technologies

Apetito

Business with the most positive impact on their community since March 2020

We are looking to celebrate a business that has done things differently to benefit others. We are looking to celebrate organisations who stepped outside their norm to support the wider community during the pandemic.

WINNER

Core Exhibitions

FINALISTS

Lendology & Complete Communication Ltd

Inspire Biz

The Inspire Award: A great place to work

We also delivered a mystery award on the night for "a great place to work". This company achieved exceptionally high staff retention levels along with facilitating an inclusive, friendly and genuinely helpful company culture.

WINNER

Hillbrush