Winners announced from the South Holland Business Awards 2017

Gousto, Chain Bridge Forge and Welland Power were just some of the winners that scooped top awards at this year’s South Holland Business Awards, at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding.

All winners demonstrated excellent customer service, skills, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in their applications, and it was inspiring to hear so many achievements from the winners as they accepted their awards.

Now it its fifth year, the awards have grown into one of Lincolnshire Chambers most popular events, and this year’s ceremony was a sell-out evening.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception upon arrival, a three-course meal, live entertainment from The BlueBird Belles, and of course, the award ceremony itself.

Melvyn Prior, Morning Presenter from BBC Radio Lincolnshire kick started the celebrations by welcoming guests with his usual lovely charm before moving on to announcing the winners.

The full list of winners includes:

Business of the Year

Welland Power

New/Small Business of the Year

Paul Lawrence Plumbing & Heating Services

Supporting the Community Award


Customer Care Award

The Moorings

Business Innovation of the Year

Chain Bridge Forge

Apprentice of the Year

Lee Smalley from Worldwide Fruit Ltd

Business Person of the Year

Muzna Butt from Gousto

Muzna Butt commented saying;

"Gousto is one of the UK's fastest-growing food tech businesses. Managing exponential growth has required us to work fast and hard, whilst maintaining our impressive gold standards and customer focus at our Lincolnshire factory. The South Holland Business Award win is recognition of two things: our ability to help millions of people across the country enjoy good home-cooked meals and our commitment to supporting the national and local economy.

"Lincolnshire's food production is hugely important, both nationally and to the local economy. It was great to meet like-minded individuals and businesses, who shared the same value for excellent customer service, skills and innovation.

"At Gousto, we're driven by our values: Dream, Deliver, Care, which keep our customers at the heart of the business and ensure as employees we're all pulling together in the same direction. We dream of big achievements (helping UK families cook, eat and share good food) and deliver this by carrying our work with great care. Clear values to hire employees against is a good place to start (it's worked for us)"

Paul Lawrence, from Paul Lawrence Plumbing and Heating Services also commented on his win saying;

"Winning New/small business of the year award this year has made me so proud it’s an amazing achievement, not just for me but also to my wife for her continued support over the last 18 months and to my employees who work as hard as I do to make my business a success. It makes us all as a company burst with pride to know our hard work and determination to make this a great business hasn’t gone unnoticed.

"I would encourage people to apply for the awards. We take great pride in our work and the service we provide to the community and would be happy to share our experience of this year’s awards and is a great achievement for all the hard work to be recognised.

"The awards ceremony was great and we'd like everyone to know what an amazing time we had at the awards, there is no better feeling than winning the award". 

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce said:

“The South Holland district area is full of talent and excellent service, and these special awards are all about recognising and showcasing this work.

"We’re proud of all the winners and finalists this evening, and we’re honoured to provide a platform for them to shout about their success.

“It’s been great to see lots of new businesses applying this year. It just goes to show how diverse these awards are and how cherished they are within the South Holland business community.                                                       

“Although, the judging process was particularly difficult this year and this demonstrates just how high the competition is.

“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our headline sponsor PSP IT. Joe Verde and his team have been a fantastic support this year, and this event really wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of all our sponsors, and we look forward to making a return next year.”

The Chamber would like to say a huge thank you to all sponsors on the night who included;

Moore ThompsonAllison Homes, South Holland District Council, Woodhouse Farm Lodge, Charmed Interior and Bookmark, Definition Health & Fitness, Duncan & Toplis, Ringrose Law and University Academy Holbeach.

A full story of the night will be available in the January edition of Chamber Matters.

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