The finalists of The Leamington Business Awards have been chosen for more than 180 entries.
The decisions follow scores of nominations for the preliminary phase of the new Leamington Business Awards which recognised COVID Business Resilience, Business Pivoting and Lockdown Heroes of 2020/21.
Established in 2014 by Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, the LBAs champion and celebrate the work of local businesses, individuals and organisations.
Jonathan said: ”Once again we have been overwhelmed by the quality of the entries we have received for the Leamington Business Awards. The businesses and their owners have certainly shown huge resilience and inventiveness and met all the recent challenges head on.
“We can all be inspired by what local businesses achieve and the services they provide. Having had to reschedule the awards event a few times thanks to Covid restrictions and venue challenges, we are delighted to bring all our worthy finalists together at 1 Mill Street to celebrate their achievements and successes.”
The winners will be chosen across 12 categories and announced at a dinner and awards ceremony at The Drawing Board and 1 Mill Street in Leamington, on Friday, March 18th, where they will each receive a bespoke award designed by 3D design students at Warwickshire College. Guest of honour Matt Western MP will also be in attendance.
Nigel Shanahan, Co-Founder of 1 Mill Street co-working space and offices, said: “Hosting the Leamington Business Awards this year is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of businesses in Leamington Spa. Fundamentally, this is why 1 Mill Street exists, to help our members and the wider community of Leamington to succeed in their business whilst having a lot of fun along the way.”
The judges are Roger Scott of Lloyds Bank and Sarah Windrum the Chair or the CWLEP.
Business of the Year
Creative Business of the Year (Sponsored by FreshSeed)
Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Leap People Solutions)
South Warwickshire Freelancer of the Year (Sponsored by Beyond The Book)
- Rachel Shuker, of Bobble Creative, Rugby
- Tom Hooker, of On The Road, Warwick
- Levi Washington Music, Leamington
Innovation of the Year Award
Independent Business of the Year (Sponsored by HB&O)
New Business of the Year (Sponsored by Lodders Solicitors)
Warwick District Charity of the Year
Business and Community Award (Sponsored by The Leamington Courier)
Customer Service Excellence Award (Sponsored by The Box Factory)
- WDC Arts Section, Leamington
- Caremark, Warwick
- Geiko, Leamington
Outstanding Achievement of the Year
- Vogue International, Leamington
- Napton Cidery, Napton-on-the-Hill
- Flamingo Marketing Services, Warwick
Leamington Legend Award (Sponsored by BID Leamington): One winner to be announced on the night