TVBMA Categories & Sponsors 

Business of the Year sponsored by Gateley plc

The Thames Valley is a prime location for businesses and is fast becoming the commercial capital of the south. Its strong transport network with the M4 corridor, Heathrow and reliable, ever-evolving rail links makes it a great connection hub between the Midlands and London, and a great place for international businesses as well. It is a base for many of the country’s technology firms and is home to many manufacturing companies as well as a wide variety of professional organisations.

Gateley plc is a national law firm. We provide proactive legal advice with a cut-through commercial edge that is pragmatic and partner-led. We have a strong emphasis on local delivery with offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Dubai and – of course – Reading.

From our premises, located at The Blade in the centre of Reading, we have a number of specialist teams covering all aspects of legal services.

In 2015, we were the UK’s first commercial law firm to become a publicly-quoted company admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Since the float, we have acquired two businesses; Gateley Hamer a property consultancy, specialising in compulsory purchase orders and easements and wayleaves, and Gateley Capitus, a tax consultancy specialising in advising businesses and individuals on the tax incentives available for investment in and development of property assets.

The Business of the Year Award is open to every company in the area and recognises not only profitability, innovation and employment but also the contribution made to the local economic community and support to culture and charities in the region. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy for its reception or boardroom. It will also be featured in The Business Magazine and enjoy wide-ranging media and PR opportunities.

The head of our Reading office Christopher Avery will be judging companies entering the category.


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Best Company to Work For sponsored by Hays

For the Best Company to Work For award sponsored by Hays, we ask what makes your company a great place to work? Is it the location, the offices, the culture, the people, the boss?

The Best Company to Work For is open to all businesses across the region. We are seeking entries from both employees and employers – from any size of company, and from any business sector.

If your employer has new and innovative working practices that make your company the best place to work, let us know.

Here are some of the ways your company could be considered as a potential winner of the Best Company to Work For award 2017:

  • Creative working styles
  • Innovative working environment
  • Wide-ranging staff facilities
  • An open, inclusive work culture
  • Strong environmental policies

There are many more ways in which your company might be considered worthy of the title Best Company to Work For.

The winner will receive a prestigious trophy for its reception or boardroom. It will also be featured in The Business Magazine and enjoy wide-ranging media and PR opportunities.


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Charity of the Year sponsored by James Cowper Kreston

We are delighted to once again have the opportunity to recognise the significant impact that charitable organisations have across our region. Judges will be making the award to the charity that can best demonstrate:

  • Outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries
  • Innovative fundraising ideas
  • Achievement of its goals over the course of the past year

The Charity of the Year Award is open to charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations which have a base in the Thames Valley and have been operating for more than two years.

“Charities play a vital role in today’s ever-changing world, and this is reflected in the increase in the number of charities our specialist charities team looks after. The Thames Valley is home to many great charities which make a massive contribution to our society, and we applaud their achievements. We encourage charities to enter for this Charity of the Year award to showcase their talents and the huge positive impact they are making,” said Mike Farwell, head of the charities and education team at James Cowper Kreston.


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Management Team of the Year sponsored by ActionCOACH

The Management Team of the Year award is open to outstanding management teams in the Thames Valley. Judges are looking for management teams that are truly go-ahead, enlightened, innovative, and forward-thinking. The award will go to the team that has created (or helped create) a highly-successful business, or a team that has managed and led a successful project, deal or venture.

ActionCOACH is dedicated to helping the Thames Valley business community grow and succeed. With offices across the region, we understand local issues and always encourage competitiveness and the achievement of excellence.

We are delighted to continue our support for the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards by sponsoring the ActionCOACH Management Team of the Year award.

The winner will receive a prestigious trophy for its reception or boardroom. It will also be featured in The Business Magazine and enjoy wide-ranging media and PR opportunities.


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SME of the Year sponsored by James Cowper Kreston

The SME of the Year award is open to businesses with an annual turnover between £500,000 and £10 million, which are at least two years old and have a base in the Thames Valley (defined by our map). Judges will consider the following:

  • Current business performance
  • Growth over the past two years
  • Potential for future growth in years ahead
  • Examples of innovation in products, services, and/or business practices
  • Contribution to the industry and/or to the business community
  • Approach to CSR

“As a firm dedicated to helping owner-managed/privately-owned businesses achieve their ambitions, James Cowper Kreston is once again delighted to be sponsoring the award for the SME of the Year. Previous finalists and winners of SME of the Year are testament to the fact that the Thames Valley region is the home for some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting SME businesses. We encourage the Thames Valley business community to really get involved with these awards so we may acknowledge their contribution and recognise their success,” commented Robert Holland, managing partner, James Cowper Kreston.


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Dynamic Business of the Year sponsored by NatWest

The Dynamic Business of the Year award is now in its 11th year. This year NatWest will focus on dynamic businesses that have demonstrated a clear vision for the development of their staff, systems, products or services throughout the year. The award recognises not just financial performance, but management’s ambition to develop talent and to take advantage of new funding, M&A, technological or commercial opportunities.

In summary, the Dynamic Business of the Year will have differentiated itself in its market, will stand out from the crowd and will demonstrate the ability to move quickly in the pursuit of profitable growth.

The event will be featured in The Business Magazine and enjoy wide-ranging media and PR opportunities.


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Community Legacy Award sponsored by Peter Brett Associates

This award will be presented to a company or organisation that, through its culture, activities and engagement with the local community, creates a long-term, sustainable legacy. Judges will be looking for projects, campaigns and initiatives that not only provide a valuable resource for the community but also engage the business’ workforce.

Peter Brett Associates is itself a company that has corporate social responsibility in its DNA. As sponsor of this award, PBA wishes to recognise and reward businesses that adopt a similar approach – that, through engagement with the local community, shows an awareness of the organisation’s contribution to the region’s economy, society and/or environment.

We are seeking nominations from all sectors; from property to professional services, and from SMEs to large corporates. Campaigns that result in a physical legacy – such as a community building – are eligible, of course, as are non-physical initiatives, such as ongoing collaborations with charities and social groups.

Where possible, images and/or videos spotlighting the campaign in action should be submitted alongside the nomination form.


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Best Use of Technology sponsored by CityFibre and BtL

CityFibre and BtL, the pioneers of the full-fibre Gigabit City project in the Thames Valley, are delighted to help recognise the region’s best use of technology at the 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards. 

The Thames Valley is Europe’s Tech Valley, home to an impressive array of digital, tech and IT businesses, from innovative SMEs through to blue chip, multi-nationals.

The Best Use of Technology award is open to businesses of any size, and recognises both the users and developers of technology, with judges seeking those businesses which can best demonstrate the following:

  • An innovative approach to the application of technology
  • Demonstrable improvement in customer service experience as a result of technology
  • Significant reductions in the operational cost and overheads associated with technology systems

“CityFibre’s full-fibre network in Reading, Bracknell, Slough, and Maidenhead underpins technological innovation across the Thames Valley, through elite-level, gigabit speed Internet connectivity. As the founding partner of the project in the region, we’re passionate about technological evolution and are keen to reward businesses that use the Internet to push the boundary of what tech is capable of,” said Rob Lamden, managing director of BtL.


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Workplace Mental Health Award sponsored by the Cardinal Clinic and the Institute of Directors, and supported by Brighter Berkshire

The Workplace Mental Health Award is sponsored by the Cardinal Clinic and IoD Berkshire and is supported by Brighter Berkshire.

Cardinal Clinic is a leading independent mental health clinic based in Windsor. With over 40 years’ experience, the organisation is dedicated to helping people struggling with mental health issues by providing treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs to help them on their road to recovery.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903.  As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, it is dedicated to supporting its members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

Brighter Berkshire, a community led and organised year-long initiative, aims to help raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma associated with mental health  and improve access to help and support to people who need it.

Cardinal Clinic, The IoD Berkshire and Brighter Berkshire will be looking for companies which have a positive attitude towards mental health issues and which have made provision for staff dealing with mental health issues, reduce stigma associated with mental health and have taken steps to encourage healthy working patterns.

Entries can be backed up with case studies and examples of when staff have benefited from the applicant’s positive attitude to mental health.

Andy Silvester, deputy director of policy, IoD said: “Mental Health is a subject currently at the core of most businesses. As the IoD is a membership organisation that supports businesses and their employees, we are proud supporters of the Workplace Mental Health Award. In the modern world, the old definition of ‘health and safety’ looks increasingly out of date. A workforce healthy in both body and mind is a more productive workforce, and business leaders have a huge part to play in creating a more open culture around an issue which touches so many of us.”


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