The shortlist for the WMN Business Awards 2012 can now be revealed – with a diverse and dynamic range of businesses from all parts of the South West represented.
It follows a day-long session last week where a 12-strong panel of judges scrutinised more than 100 entries.
WMN editor Bill Martin said: "All of the businesses that have made it onto the shortlist are real Westcountry success stories who are achieving some incredible results despite the difficult trading conditions. I'd like to congratulate all of the shortlisted organisations and to thank the judges who kindly gave their time and expertise to assess a very strong field of entries."
Judges were: Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Tim Jones, chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; entrepreneur and hotelier Sonia Meaden; WMN editor Bill Martin; Carleen Kelemen, chairman of the Institute of Directors in Devon and Cornwall; Dean Drew, partner at Bond Pearce; Duncan Sykes, head of Foot Anstey's corporate/commercial team; Ian Brokenshire, senior partner at KPMG in Plymouth; Rob Salisbury, private banker at Coutts; Liz Parks, WMN business editor; Richard Price, head of marketing at Brittany Ferries; and Dave Roberts, from South West Water's Source for Business.
The awards will be handed out at a black tie dinner at the University of Exeter's Great Hall on November 14. Keynote speaker will be Major General Andy Salmon, co-founder and honorary president of the Lympstone-based C-Group charity, which raises awareness and understanding of Royal Marines as well as supporting the rehabilitation of injured Royal Marines.
The overall event sponsor is South West Water's Source for Business, with the winner of last year's Lifetime Achievement Award, Peter Betteridge, founder of the Bed Expert and the Sofa Expert furniture stores, on board as sponsor of the event's champagne reception. Other sponsors include: Foot Anstey, Coutts, Brewin Dolphin, Brittany Ferries, Plymouth University, Bond Pearce, RBS, KPMG and First Great Western.
To buy a ticket contact Chris Jones on 01752 302410.
WMN Business Awards Shortlist 2012
Best Hospitality or Tourism Business, sponsored by Brewin DolphinKents CavernNathan Outlaw Restaurants LtdAshburton Cookery SchoolBest Green AchievementAtlantic Village Shopping CentreHenry Orchard and Sons Philip Dennis FoodserviceBest Creative Business, sponsored by Bond PearceAshton House DesignOxygenGOSS Interactive Best Not for Profit Enterprise, sponsored by KPMGRegen SWStand Against ViolenceCommunity Energy PlusBest Start Up Business, sponsored by Plymouth UniversityFunky Poppy – The Button Gift ShopHosted Desktop UKSelect Statistical Services Best Young Businessperson, sponsored by The Royal Bank of ScotlandJonathan BaileyAdam ChetnikTom HazzledineCustomer Service, sponsored by First Great WesternPlastic SurgeonDevondale Electrical DistributorsServiceMaster Clean DevonEmployer of the Year, sponsored by Foot AnsteyEMCASWhetman PinksDevon’s Crealy Great Adventure ParkDevondale Electrical DistributorsExcellence in MarketingOne Voice Media & PRe-StrategyInnovation of the Year, sponsored by Plymouth UniversityAkumenAshwoods AutomotiveCast Iron Air Brick CompanyLifetime Achievement, sponsored by Brittany FerriesTo be announced on the nightSmall Business of the YearTufcoatC3 ResourcesProlift AccessCast Iron Air Brick CompanyBusiness of the Year, sponsored by South West Water’s Source for BusinessPlastic SurgeonSunGift SolarVi-SpringStagecoach South West