The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce were delighted to welcome guests back for the in-person Chamber Business Awards 2021, sponsored by Folk2Folk, for a dazzling display at the Worcester Arena on Thursday 2 September.
Hosted by Magician Ben Hanlin, the Awards welcomed over 700 guests from businesses across the 2 counties. After 2 years without an in-person awards ceremony, businesses were keen to get out and celebrate their achievements and have the opportunity to catch up with old faces and recognise the determination and innovation shown over the past year.
This year saw entries at an all-time high and ticket demand through the roof, with the event sold out months in advance. 15 awards were up for grabs, with the winners of each individual category entered into the final coveted award, Business of the Year.
Prior to the awards ceremony, attendees had the chance to re-introduce themselves to fellow business professionals and meet new contacts during the Networking Drinks, sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak.
After drinks and a three-course dinner, attention turned to the Awards where 15 categories winners and highly commended businesses were announced. The overall Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Folk2Folk was won by Malvern Panalytical.
The full list of winners included:
Best Use of Technology Sponsored by TechTeam – Amica24
Excellence in Customer Service Sponsored by Air Products – Malvern Panalytical
Employer of the Year Sponsored by University of Worcester – DRPG
Excellence in Innovation Sponsored by Malvern Hills Science Park – D-RisQ
Excellence in Professional Services Sponsored by Worcestershire County Council – Bishop Fleming LLP and 3WH (Joint winners)
Exporter of the Year Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical & High Growth Business of the Year Sponsored by EBC Group – OLPRO
Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Sponsored by Cargill Protein Europe – New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE)
Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by OGL Computers & Excellence in Sustainability Sponsored by Business Energy Efficiency Programme – Indra Renewable Technologies Ltd
Micro Business of the Year Sponsored by Worcestershire Growth Hub – SurfTech IT
Most Promising New Business Sponsored by mfg Solicitors LLP – EVA Capital Management
Small Business of the Year Sponsored by OV Group – Payara Services Ltd
Family Business of the Year Sponsored by Harrison Clark Rickerbys – ISO Quality Services Ltd
Commitment to the Community Sponsored by Sanctuary Group – Yeleni Therapy & Support
Business of the Year Sponsored by Folk2Folk – Malvern Panalytical
Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, commented:
“What a huge pleasure and delight to bring business together again for an evening of celebration and reward. It was great to see so many businesses recognised at the awards ceremony. After such a tough period for companies, the innovation and determination shown by our two counties business community demonstrates resilience and resourcefulness that is unique to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area. I would like to wish all of those businesses who were finalists, highly commended and proud winners on the night my sincere congratulations and I hope that everyone within their organisations can be proud of their achievements.”
The rewards for being recognised with a business award are invaluable, including a great boost to staff morale, a platform to raise your business profile and a way to gain a competitive edge over your competitors. If this sounds useful to your business, entries to next year’s awards will open in early 2022, so do look out for further details coming soon.