What can entering the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards do for your business? Find out more from those who have achieved success in previous years.
“Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is incredibly proud to be the charity winner for the TVBMA. It has given the charity credibility and confidence in a corporate environment. We think it demonstrates to the wider public that we give great importance to exhibit that the charity is well run and we are true to our core values and ethos. For the team it’s an amazing accolade, reward and public recognition for the work that we are doing locally to support local children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses across Berkshire and beyond. It confirms that everything we are doing is right, and acknowledged by the professional and skilled judges and panel only enforces this.”
Fiona Devine, co-founder & CEO Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service
Ridgeway – Best Use of Technology 2014
“In the hotbed of Technology that the Thames Valley represents, Ridgeway were delighted to win the Best Use of Technology award. The award gives our “Workshop Window” product more credibility and builds on our vision to create an honest and transparent relationship with our customers. The value of a regional award, that it not simply motor industry specific, felt relevant to our local businesses. This recognition is something we tell as many people about as possible.”
John O’Hanlon, chief executive Ridgeway
“Winning the Best SME award was a great accolade for us, and one that really recognises all the effort that everyone here puts into the company to make it so special. This effort flows into also making it a great place to work and were hugely pleased to come second for this award. Overall this gives a real buzz to the company and belief we have the foundation to continue developing exciting and innovative solutions for our customers across the world.”
David Griffiths, CEO Fiscal Technologies
“Premier Group were thrilled when we won our Management Team of the Year award at TVBMA 2014. The award was great recognition internally for our management team who have been working hard to make Premier Group the superb business it is today. In a fiercely competitive market place the award also gave us something unique which has really had an impact on developing new business clients.”
Ben Broughton, director Premier Group Recruitment
Furniture Village – Management team of the Year over £25m 2014
‘We were thrilled to be finalists, let alone win the Management Team of the Year category for 2014 (£25m+). It was wonderful to recognise the efforts of a management team who had worked tirelessly through adversity and the most challenging trading conditions seen in a long time and come out the other side with an even better business.
The award has meant a great deal to the International profile of our business as we have received many e-mails of congratulations from suppliers from all over Europe and as far as the Far East and the USA.
I would urge every business which is proud of its management team and their achievements to enter this most prestigious award.’
Peter Harrison, founder Furniture Village
GRITIT – SME of the Year 2012
“Over the past 18 months, GRITIT has won and been shortlisted for a large number of national awards, so we were delighted to have won such a prestigious local award. At the time, I put the result completely down to the hard work and dedication of the team – we are immensely proud of our staff. The majority of the workforce in head office are based locally, and the largest concentration of our field teams are in the Thames Valley region – so this award is all the more real to them. A local award win also helps to build and strengthen relationships with businesses in the local area. We will definitely be applying for the 2013 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.”
Nikki Singh-Barmi, managing director – GRITIT
“Since winning the ‘Best Company to Work For’ award at the 2012 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, Ultima Business Solutions has benefitted in a number of ways. One of the most tangible benefits has been in the area of recruitment and attracting new staff, particularly in the technical and sales areas. Operating in a particularly competitive industry sector, this award has proved enormously valuable in providing an independent validation of the merits of Ultima as an employer and has served as market differentiator. It has been pleasantly surprising how many customers and suppliers have remarked on the award and it has undoubtedly further added to our brand and image. Lastly but not least, one should not underestimate the internal benefits of winning such an award. When the award was announced, a number of Ultima’s management team noted a discernible boost in staff morale and collective pride.
Annette Shuff, HR manager, Ultima Business Solutions
Softcat – Business Management Team award 2012
“The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards set extremely high standards and stringent criteria which makes winning one, or two as was the fortunate case for Softcat last year, extremely meaningful for a business like ours. The awards have a great reputation and coverage of them is very extensive so we have been delighted by their positive impact on our business. Good luck to all the companies up for awards this year; we feel privileged to have been recognised on several occasions in the past.”
Martin Hellawell, managing director Softcat
“Charities are often perceived by business people as ‘lesser’ businesses – easy to run and requiring inferior business acumen and expertise. In the assessment process for the Business of the Year Award we demonstrated the business rigour that is needed to sustain the work that Helen & Douglas House does in supporting children and young people who live with the double injustice of a broken body and a short life. Receiving the award has greatly improved the charity’s standing in the business community throughout the Thames Valley. This is evidenced by the increased interest in our Corporate Advisory Group, the members of which do a great job by challenging and supporting the charity – helping us to understand the requirements of businesses and helping businesses to better understand the needs of Helen & Douglas House.”
Tom Hill, chief executive, Helen & Douglas House
GE Healthcare – Green Progress award 2012
“GE Healthcare was delighted to receive the Green Progress award for 2012 for the Grove Centre site. To be recognised for innovation and focusing time and resources on programmes delivering real benefits for the environment and our community is rewarding. This was the first environmental award for the site, and when site visitors say ‘I didn’t know that GE did so much for the environment’, it underpins our commitment and passion in this arena.”
Sam Canning, Grove Centre Site Leader, GE Healthcare
Phabrix – SME of the Year 2011
Erica Adams, creative director of Phabrix, said: “Winning our category of SME of the year in the Thames Valley was a huge accolade, knowing that the judges who have extensive backgrounds in the running of successful businesses, had looked closely at our business practices and results and chosen Phabrix, confirmed to us that we are on the right track for a bright future. The award boosted our confidence encouraging us to continue with our bold plans, which have continued to grow strongly, we have invested heavily this year in a new product range and facility. The award ceremony was great fun, although I was very nervous going up to collect our award, as a networking event we met many professionals who have become useful advisers. As a company within our industry our products are establishing an excellent reputation for quality and reliability, it was great to have that same endorsement of our business practices.”
Symantec – Business of the Year 2011
Clive Bunyan, vice president human resources at Symantec, commented: “Symantec was honored to be awarded the Thames Valley Business of Year award 2011. This accolade has highlighted, both internally and externally, the importance of our company values – innovation, action, customer-driven and trust – which run through every level and every function of Symantec. With Symantec’s profitability, innovation, employment and its contribution to the local economy all being recognised by the judging panel in 2011, this award has enabled us to further communicate our commitment to continually meeting the needs of our customers and partners, while also being valuable in demonstrating to Symantec employees that the positive contribution they make on a daily basis is vital.”
Wireless Logic – Dynamic Business award 2011
Oliver Tucker, managing director of Wireless Logic, said: “In the time since winning the Dynamic Business award 2011 sponsored by Deloitte, we’ve lived up to the award’s description by continuing on our exciting strategy for growth. This has included a major push across Europe with new offices established in France, Germany and Spain. Plus, further board-level investment with recent appointments including a new chief financial officer and chief technology officer. And I’m pleased to report that year on year business increase is once more over 35%.
“We are leading the market in M2M managed services and connectivity, enabling machines and devices to communicate with each other across cellular networks. To achieve where we have got thus far is very much down to our people. They are dedicated, motivated, driven and loyal. Being recognised by the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards is a huge fillip to their commitment and this, amongst other accolades in the past 12 months, has meant a great deal to our growing team. It is particularly significant given that we have been recognised as the most dynamic business within the Thames Valley region. Many of our business partners, including major mobile networks and key clients are located here, and I am delighted to have engaged in conversation specifically about the awards on several occasions. The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards have been good for us and for our business.”
Max Zolotukhin, business development director at Andrews & Wykeham, said: “For Andrews & Wykeham winning the Thames Valley Export award was a huge confidence boost. As a small company which is only three years old but aspires to be a global player in the security industry, we value the award as the recognition of the hard work we put into developing our export business, and as the mark of our success. Our entire team is proud to have achieved this.”
Candace Pridgeon, head of customer service at Bottomline Technologies, said: “It was very special to us to win the TVBMA Best Company to Work For award. The teams here were so thrilled to get their efforts recognised – it created a real buzz. Given the proven link between exceptional employee engagement and outstanding customer experience, without doubt, this award validates our approach and adds to our competitive edge. Additionally, to deliver the finest service, you have to attract and retain the best people. I have interviewed several prospective employees since we won this award and, almost without exception, they have cited this award as a reason they would like to join Bottomline. Powerful stuff. “
SDL – Business Management Team award 2011
Winning the 2011 Business Management Team award was a great success for SDL. To receive recognition for our hard work and to be judged as winners against the region’s top companies is a source of great pride for our team. We strive to excel at SDL and this award it testament to our commitment to helping businesses manage their brands and enrich their customers’ experiences.” Sophie Hurst, VP corporate marketing, SDL.
GCS – Best Company to Work For 2010 and Thames Valley Business of the Year 2010
Company founder and managing director Chris Bartlett, said: “In 2010 GCS was shortlisted in two categories in the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards. We were thrilled when we won “Best Company to work for in the Thames Valley” and amazed when we also won “Thames Valley Business of the Year” on the same evening. We had taken the opportunity to invite 10 members of the GCS team and for the first time 10 “other halves” – the immediate impact in terms of motivation and pride was palpable. Both awards sit proudly in our Reading reception and are often commented on by visitors. The subsequent benefits for GCS from winning these awards have been twofold. They have certainly helped with our profile amongst more senior managers in the Thames Valley region and they have also played their part in attracting new employees to GCS. Potential recruits are inspired by the fact that GCS is recognised by our peers in the Thames Valley as being one the one of the best places to work.”