The Winchester Business Excellence Awards would not be possible without the generosity and kind support of the following businesses, who sponsor the competition.


Business of the Year Award

Simplyhealth has been part of the Winchester economy for almost 30 years and it’s fantastic to see the innovation and business excellence brought to the city year on year. We are delighted that these efforts are recognised and rewarded by the Winchester Business Excellence Awards and Simplyhealth is very proud to be returning as the principal sponsor.”

Steve Gates, Managing Director, Simplyhealth

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The University of Winchester
Charity or Social Enterprise of the Year Award

“The University is excited to be introducing a new category this year to recognise the contribution made by the social enterprises and charities that provide such valuable services within the Winchester district. The award will be granted to the charity or social enterprise that has made the most significant difference to its target beneficiaries or community through its ability to meet its stated goals. This new award reflects the values-driven ethos of the University as demonstrated by our volunteering and community initiatives including our partnership with Student Hubs.”

Trish Kernan, Business Development Manager, The University of Winchester

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Winchester City Council
Green Business of the Year Award

“This award will go to a business demonstrating awareness of its impact on the environment, that has already made significant progress in reducing this impact and has robust plans in place to reduce it further in the future.”

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Leader, Winchester City Council

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Winchester BID
Independent Business of the Year Award

Winchester BID is delighted to be able to sponsor this award for a second year. Independent businesses help make the city uniquely special and we want to celebrate these wonderful treasures. This award is open to BID levy paying businesses and aims to recognise the substantial contribution that independent businesses make in growing and sustaining the economy, as well as providing excellent customer experiences for residents, shoppers and visitors to the city.”

Catherine Turness, Executive Director, Winchester Business Improvement District

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Hampshire Chronicle & Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Service Excellence Award

“The Hampshire Chronicle & Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to jointly support this category. Service Excellence is such an important element to get right for businesses. This award provides an ideal platform to celebrate those businesses who do get it right and continually deliver outstanding customer service.”

Kerry Darwin Newspaper Sales Manager Hampshire Chronicle & Maureen Frost, Deputy CEO, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

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Paris Smith LLP
Small-Medium Enterprise Award

Paris Smith is honoured to sponsor the Winchester Business Excellence Awards for another year. We value the vital role that all SME businesses play in growing and supporting our local economy and are therefore delighted to sponsor the Small-Medium Enterprise Award. We want to see businesses which have a clear purpose to which stakeholders, customers, suppliers and those working within the business can all understand and relate. We are looking for proactive leadership, a sense of shared values, a strong level of employee engagement, excellent learning opportunities coupled with plans for sustained growth and strong financial performance. This award is a great platform to demonstrate how your business goes the extra mile to deliver success.”

Peter Taylor, Managing Partner, Paris Smith LLP, Winchester

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The Breeze
Excellence in Innovation Award

The Breeze is delighted to be supporting the Winchester Business Excellence Awards again this year. I am constantly impressed each year by the wide range of high quality businesses and entrepreneurship demonstrated in the Winchester region. The Breeze is particularly excited to be sponsoring the Excellence in Innovation award, as a business always looking to improve our service to clients with new ideas we look forward to celebrating the success and creativity of local businesses.”

Stewart Dennis Sales Director, The Breeze South

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Sparsholt College
Supporting Apprenticeships Award

Sparsholt College is delighted to sponsor this new award. It reflects our vision of a collaborative partnership with business where the successful combination of outstanding teaching and support has the greatest impact on both the development of individuals and the growth of the sponsoring business. A business developing an apprentice is investing in their future, the business’s future and in the growth of workforce skills in the region. We are looking to recognise an employer who has done more than help their apprentices achieve: we are looking for a business who goes the extra mile for them, stretching them with responsibility and mentoring them through their training. It takes vision, time and an innovative approach to champion apprentices to reach their full potential – but it pays dividends for all involved.”

Tim Jackson, Principal

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