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Awards celebrate business strength


The firm, which has offices in Milton Keynes, Luton, Northampton and is to open a further base in Bedford later this year, collected the Business Strategy and Million-Plus Business Growth awards before being named the recipient of the overall Business Excellence Award.
More than 90 business people from all over Bedfordshire attended the event, organised by Conquest Business Events and staged at the Bedford Swan Hotel.
The event was opened by Alistair Burt, the Conservative MP for Bedfordshire North East, who paid tribute to the efforts of small businesses around the county. He told guests at the ceremony: “You represent the engine of this country and making sure that the small business sector is working properly is a key part of where this country needs to go.”
Pam Woods, of Conquest Business Events, paid tribute to the high quality of entries in all ten categories. She said: “These awards celebrate the strength in depth of local business. The quality of entries was extremely high and I particularly liked the fact that they came from such a wide variety of businesses.”
Pictured is Joanne Plumb, of specialist chilli grower Edible Ornamentals, who collected the first award to be presented on the night: the Effective Promotional Campaign award sponsored by Business to Business.
The full list of winners, those highly commended and award sponsors are:
Effective Promotional Campaign
Sponsor: Business to Business
Highly commended: Haven Nursery
Winner: Edible Ornamentals
Sponsor: Bedford i-Lab and Bedford Development Agency
Highly commended: Regenology
Winner: Lockertec
Internet Marketing
Sponsor: Aztech Business Systems
Highly commended: The Efficiency Coach
Winners: VentureNow; 1up Search
Customer Services
Sponsor: Bedford Swan Hotel
Highly commended: The Swan at Salford
Winner: Warnerbus
Business Start-Up
Sponsor: Keens Shay Keens
Highly commended: The Efficiency Coach
Winner: Ashley Morrison – Lockertec
Community Involvement
Sponsor: NatWest
Highly commended: Hascat Safety
Winner: Sports Traider
Young Business Person
Sponsor: University of Bedfordshire
Highly commended: Heather Townsend, of The Efficiency Coach
Winner: Rhys Wood, of Pristine
SME Business Growth
Sponsor: Central Bedfordshire Council
Highly commended: Culture Café
Winner: Applied IT Solutions
Million-Plus Business Growth
Sponsor: Streets Chartered Accountants
Highly commended: Motorbitz
Winner: Adams Moore Solicitors
Business Strategy
Sponsor: Bridge Recovery
Highly commended: Motorbitz
Winner: Adams Moore Solicitors
Business Excellence Award
Winner: Adams Moore Solicitors

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