Small firms prepare for gala awards night

May 30, 2012


Ahead of the ceremony, to be held at The Mansion House at Old Warden Park, FSB regional chair Charlie Smith said: “We have been overwhelmed not only by the quantity of entrants, but the quality of their entries. Bedfordshire should be proud of the number of successful businesses who are blazing a trail in spite of the recession.”
The judges had a tough time selecting the finalists across the 15 categories. They are:
BEST NEW BUSINESS ATP; Fairies N Frogs; G Whizz Media Ltd; Brainwork Marketing; Mid Beds Tyres Ltd; Crannull Consulting Ltd.
BUSINESS INNOVATION Toybox Day Nurseries Ltd; The Play Doctors Ltd; TaxAssist Accountants Bedford; Harmony Internet Ltd; Silvertoad Ltd.
BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR Mohammed Nadeem; Irena Oliver; Michelle Shulman.
BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR Luan Hall; Pippa Highfield; Irena Oliver; Kerry Cash; Kathy Birch; Michelle Shulman.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Renata Bernotiene (The White Horse); Daniel Young (Cowley Holmes Accountants).
ENTERPRISING BUSINESS 2K Manufacturing Ltd; The Play Doctors Ltd; Warnerbus Ltd; The Mansion House; Foley Exhibitions Ltd; Cakes by Shelly.
FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR Riverford; TaxAssist  Accountants Bedford; TaxAssist  Accountants Dunstable/Leighton Buzzard.
GREEN AWARD 2K Manufacturing Ltd; EcoStyle Ltd.
NETWORKING GROUP OF THE YEAR Beds New Business Network; LB Connect; Team Hurricane; Bedfordshire Businesswomen; Network Luton; Networking@Dunstable.
REAL-LIFE ENTREPRENEUR Zak Resinato (Jagged Edge); Mohammed Nadeem (Namdeem Property Services); Russell Bennett (Recruiter Hub); Amanda Murrell (Amanda Murrell Associates Ltd); David Lambert (Pronto Services).
RETAILER OF THE YEAR Fairies N Frogs; The Four Kings Bar & Café; The White Horse (Bedford) Ltd; Fogarty Formal Wear.
SERVICE EXCELLENCE Warnerbus Ltd; Thomas Cox & Co; Cowley Holmes Accountants LLP; 5th Avenue Hair & Beauty Spa Ltd; The Embankment; Pronto Services.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Toybox Day Nurseries Ltd; Osborne Morris & Morgan; Stoten Gillam Ltd; The White Horse Pub; 5th Avenue Hair & Beauty Spa Ltd; Premier Solicitors LLP.
YOUNG BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR Zak Resinato (Jagged Edge); Barbara Eyeson (Eyes on Inventories Ltd); Rakash Mattu (Premier Solicitors LLP); Diana Simkauskaite (Diana Simkauskaite).
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