The Small-Medium Enterprise of the Year Award sets out to recognise and acknowledge the ongoing role that SME businesses play in growing and sustaining Winchester’s economy. This year, the award is kindly sponsored by The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and The Hampshire Chronicle.
Judges were looking for proactive leadership and management, a strong training and development programme and strong financial growth performance results. With many applications, it was an extremely difficult task, but the following businesses have been shortlisted:
The Natural Travel Collection
Located on the outskirts of Winchester, The Natural Travel Collection is one of the UK’s leading independent travel companies and operates six ‘Worldwide’ brands providing highly specialised holidays throughout the world, catering for all interests. Wildlife Worldwide and The Travelling Naturalist offer an unrivalled array of wildlife and bird watching holidays to see some of the world’s most impressive, iconic and rare species. Walks Worldwide offers quality walking and trekking holidays to some of the great mountain areas of the world, as well as cultural trails in beautiful, rural regions. Families Worldwide arrange small group adventure holidays, dedicated for families to enjoy a range of activities including cycling, canoeing, hiking and cultural experiences to all corners of the world.
Holiday Inn Winchester
The Holiday Inn Winchester is a four star, AA award winning hotel located on the edge of the city centre. It offers accommodation, meeting facilities for up to 250 guests and has an AA rosette awarded restaurant serving local produce.
The Great Shutter Co. Ltd
The Great Shutter Co. was founded by Mike Schnuppe 4 years ago to provide a local service offering interior plantation shutters and other window coverings to Winchester and surrounding areas. Mike has been at the forefront of the plantation shutter industry for over ten years.
The Great Shutter Co. has been founded on bringing these high levels of service and product to the local market via an independent business. The Great Shutter Co. provides a free home consultation with clients and all customers are encouraged to review the business, which you can read online.
Forte Kitchen is a café style restaurant in the heart of Winchester. Their forte is home cooked food and welcoming guests with a professional yet relaxed service. Their aim is to deliver the highest standard of hospitality without any fuss or pretension. Forte Kitchen wants to make each and every guest feel at home.
The Winchester Business Excellence Awards ceremony will take place at Guildhall, Winchester on Friday 1st June 2018. If you would like to join these four shortlisted businesses alongside finalists for the other categories, please buy tickets from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, by calling 01256 338475.