WBA 2017

Thank you so much!! To everyone who came along and supported our third annual Weston Business Awards on Saturday, to those who submitted nominations for your favourite businesses, to our sponsors, the judges, the Royal Hotel and, of course, the Rt Hon John Penrose MP and Baroness Dido Harding.
The funds raised from the event will be donated to the two chosen charities for this year – Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) & Weston Youth Orchestra.  All the monies have not yet been counted but we will let you know the final figure when known.  A very special thank you to Barclays Bank for once again donating a very generous £1,000.
For those of you who didn’t manage to attend, I have pleasure in listing below the nominees and winners for each of the eleven awards.  Very many congratulations to all!


BEST NIGHT-TIME VENUE AWARD

Sponsored by

Vanguard Surveillance and Security

CRITERIA: Open to all public houses, night clubs, night cafeterias, restaurants, cinema, leisure venues, amusement arcades etc., who demonstrate policies and safeguards towards the Prevention of Crime and Disorder; Public Safety; Prevention of Public Nuisance; a Safe Environment; and overall an environment that makes a venue stand out above the rest.

NOMINEES

Loves
The Playhouse
The Reaper Bar

and the winner is….

Situated in a vibrant part of the Town Centre in Weston-super-Mare, Loves provides a cosy atmosphere to enjoy a refreshing cold or hot drink or a bite to eat amongst friends in a setting that’s a little bit different from the run of the mill coffee shops.
With traditional cafe-style eating on the ground floor, and comfy chairs and sofas on the first floor, there’s something to appeal to all tastes.
Free Wi-Fi is available for our customers, and with a vast library of books to borrow and enjoy, it’s the perfect venue to relax in during a busy day in the office (or shopping).
An emphasis on local produce and suppliers ensure we help the community around us.
Visit us, and learn more about our Local Art on display, our brilliant Library and Book Club, our special film evenings showcasing the best of independent film in the area and any special events we might be holding.


Hospitality AWARD

Sponsored by

FSB

CRITERIA: Awarded to independent hotels, restaurants, café’s, coffee shops etc. who have the Best Hospitality as nominated by customers.

NOMINEES

Coffee House
Loves Weston
Treats Cafe

and the winner is….

The Coffee House is the home of great coffee in Weston-super-Mare.
Offering a fantastic selection of great coffees, loose leaf teas, cakes, pastries, muffins and paninis, all served by the best staff in town.
Welcome to The Coffee House.


Green Business of the Year AWARD

Sponsored by

Astron Fire and Security

CRITERIA:Open to businesses who demonstrate an active commitment to good environmental practice and/or the promotion of sustainable development.

NOMINEES

Flogas
Saxonia Guest House
Somerset Wood Recycling

and the winner is….

Somerset Wood Recycling is a not for profit social enterprise, based in Weston-super-Mare and up and running since 2007.
Most frequently our work centres around people whose lives aren’t quite ‘right’ – whether that’s because of unemployment, criminal behaviour, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues etc.
Our aim is to help them reposition their lives in a positive way.


Independent Retailer AWARD

Sponsored by

North Somerset Council

CRITERIA:Nominations are open for independent retailers based in Weston-super-Mare, who demonstrate success and achievement in any, or some, of the following criteria: commitment to the local business community; excellent customer service; local product range; innovative marketing campaigns; well-presented shop front; quirky and unique; entrepreneurial spirit.

NOMINEES

Cherrybomb Vintage
Rose & Amber
Walker & Ling

and the winner is….

Cherrybomb is an independent vintage and retro clothing store in the seaside town of Weston super mare, deep in the heart of Somerset.
We are passionate about vintage clothing with its unique style and design.
Everything is carefully handpicked by us and we offer good quality and affordable preloved clothing as an alternative to high street retailers.


Innovation AWARD

Sponsored by

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre

CRITERIA:Please provide a brief overview of the innovative idea/approach/product/service; and why the recipient is deserving. This is an Award for a business, organisation or individual who has developed a novel approach to achieving recognisable, measurable and/or profitable outcomes. Please give as much information as possible including any concept, market or performance data to support the nomination.

NOMINEES

Banksy
Jo Rickwood of Hutton Moor
TOTSUP

and the winner is….

TOTSUP is a unique reward chart system for children aged 2-6 years. Combining a 3D magnetic bus shaped chart with an accompanying iOS App, the system allows for use at home or school and whilst out and about.
Developed by Mum of 2, Sally Marks the TOTSUP red bus has been rigorously tested by parents, Early Years Educators, an Educational Psychologist and lots of little ones, with great results.
The bus is the perfect parenting tool to tackle anything from toddler tantrums, to bedtime routines and fussy eating.
All of the TOTSUP components and packaging are designed and manufactured in the UK.
The TOTSUP 3D magnetic bus is available to purchase in our online shop and comes in red and pink.


Love Weston AWARD

Sponsored by

McDonald’s

CRITERIA:Open to businesses that demonstrate commitment to Weston and place value on engaging with others to support the local economy and fulfil the Chamber’s objective of promoting Weston as the place to live and work as well as the ideal holiday destination.

NOMINEES

Grand Pier
Treats Cafe
Weston Super Food Festival

and the winner is….

Our Aims are:
To develop a major annual festival linked to an ongoing programme of food projects that will:
Encourage, nurture and support Weston super Mare’s developing food culture
Provide a market-place for local artisan producers and encourage ‘shop local’ initiatives
Establish productive links between local producers, cafes, restaurants and trade buyers
Support specialist artisan and organics producers from further afield whose business would not be sustainable if they were unable to trade beyond their immediate locality.
Encourage and support local healthy eating initiatives
Support tourism by highlighting Weston super Mare as an attractive and significant Foodie destination
Encourage cohesion and a sense of community through involvement in a range of food activities and projects with a wide range of age groups, social groups and ethnicities.
Offer training in event planning and management, and work experience to young people.


Making a Difference AWARD

Sponsored by

Mead Realisations

CRITERIA:Open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations that have made a positive social impact in the local community.

NOMINEES

Jo Rickwood of Hutton Moor
VANS
Weston College

and the winner is….

Jo Rickwood Hutton Moor Cardiac Care
Jo gives people who have suffered serious illnesses the confidence to exercise and thereby improve their health and wellbeing.
Jo is a very friendly person who puts you at ease which helps people to recover well in a social setting.
She is very confident and encourages you to do the best that you can.
She spends a great deal of time helping people and works hard.
She has made a real difference to lives in the community.


Employee of the year AWARD

Sponsored by

Weston College

CRITERIA:Awarded to an employee who has been nominated by their employer, manager or colleague.

NOMINEES

Brenda Charles-Pryce of Flogas
Jill Cowles of Prime Candidate
Peter Hughes of Outdoors & Active

and the winner is….

Outdoors & Active was started in 2006 by Paul Batts and Robert Parker to fill a gap locally for good quality outdoor gear.
It soon became apparent that there was also a lack of choice in the outdoor market.
Most outdoor stores only keeping a lot of the same things.
Peter Hughes has become a valued member of the team.


Outstanding Customer Service AWARD

Sponsored by

Weston-super-Mare BID

CRITERIA:Awarded to a company or individual who can demonstrate success in achieving service excellence as nominated by employers, customers, line managers or colleagues.

NOMINEES

Eastern Spice
Rose & Amber
Walker & Ling

and the winner is….

Walker & Ling is a family-run department store on Weston-super-Mare’s busy high street.
We currently stock in our store:
Menswear
Womenswear, including Dash and Eastex
Lingerie
Accessories
Cookshop
Linens
Haberdashery


Sian Lloyd-Jones Award for New Business

Sponsored by

Weston-super-Mare Golf Club

CRITERIA:Awarded to Business that have been trading for more than two years but less than five years at the time of applying

NOMINEES

Candy Carts
Lennon & Young
Pinups Hair Salon

and the winner is….

We are a new Salon based in Weston super Mare. We offer a friendly, relaxed environment with affordable prices!
Come and enjoy a luxury service with a home from home feel, in a quirky designed salon.
At Pinups we are focused on providing you all with our professional services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.


Vickie Brett Memorial Award for Businesswoman of the Year

Sponsored by

Brorn Windows & Conservatories

CRITERIA:Presented in memory of Vickie Brett, former President of Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce, this award recognises the accomplishments of businesswomen who can demonstrate proven business acumen, achievements and/or community engagement.

NOMINEES

Kaysha Johnson of Pinups Hair Salon
Cara McMahon of VANS
Jenny Trapnell of Barclays Bank

and the winner is….

North Somerset: a place where the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is the forefront of positive social change and development.
Our mission is to represent, develop and empower the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in North Somerset to be at the forefront of positive social change and development.