THOSE who make the district a better place were celebrated at the Pride of Warwick District Awards.
The fourth annual awards ceremony, organised by Touch FM and supported by Warwick-based firm Phillips 66, were handed out at The Chesford Grange Hotel on Friday.
The evening’ss charity was Castel Froma for which £1,300 was raised.
In addition to the mix of business and community awards, there were three special awards presented to the Helping Hands Community Project Team; ten year-old Daisy Holder who has been fund-raising for Northleigh House; and Rachel Ollerenshaw, one of the founders of Molly Olly’s Wishes – a charity set up in honour of her daughter Molly who passed away in 2011 following a brave battle with cancer.
Touch FM’s Chief Executive Steve Orchard said: “Pride of Warwick District 2016 surpassed all our expectations.
“The stories of business excellence and community leadership were genuinely inspirational. All of us at Touch FM feel privileged to have played our part in celebrating such very worthy successes.”
Ryan Ebright of award sponsors Phillips 66, added: It was a wonderful evening of celebrating the vision, hard work and commitment, entrepreneurship and community spirit of the individuals and businesses throughout the region. The winners and runners up truly deserve the recognition that these awards offer.”
Finalists and Winners Below:
Business of the Year with Towergate Insurance – Core Clinics
Other finalists – Apex Recruitment Services; The Hatton Arms; Totally RAD Music; Woodland Grange Meetings and Conference Venue
Small Business of the Year with the Federation of Small Businesses – Absolute Works
Other finalists – Evolyst; Melon Communications; Simply Nails and Beauty
Business person of the Year with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce – Sarah Law
Other finalists – Mark and Mike Bates; Richard Hales; Ruth Waring
Hospitality Business of the Year with Q Hotels The Chesford Grange – The Hatton Arms
Other finalists – The Cross at Kenilworth; Woodland Grange Meetings and Conference Venue
Town Centre Business of the Year with Touch FM – Pancho Catering
Other finalists – Simply Nails and Beauty; Torrys Hardware and DIY
Team of the Year with Phillips 66 – Molly Olly’s Wishes Team
Apex Recruitment Services; Networking Mummies UK Ltd; Nobilia by RFK
Customer Care Award with Inspired Villages – Wenman Healthcare Ltd
Other finalists – Rainsbrook Veterinary Group Ltd; Woodland Grange Meetings and Conference Venue
Educator of the Year with take Flight Aviation – Jill Cornfield
other finalists – Mary Grigg; PQA Warwick – The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts; Stagecoach Theatre Arts – Leamington and Warwick
Young Achiever of the Year with The Association of Independent prep Schools – James Calver
Other finalists – Ben Sidaway; George Palmer; Ruth Harkin; Tom Hancock
Carer of the Year with Claire-Marie – Jessica Naismith and Tristan Downie
Other finalists – Entrust Care Partnership; Helping Hands Community Project; The Well Christian Healing Centre
Citizen of the Year with Warwick Glass – Joan Bolton
Other finalists – Daniel Browne; Lynne Barton; Nicola Enoch; Paul Calver
Warwick District Pride Award with Pride HR – Bowls England
Other finalists – The Ups of Downs; WRCC Community Cars