WINNERS of this year’s Leamington Business Awards are celebrating their success.
The ceremony, organised by accounting firm Harrison Beale and Owen (HB&O), also raised over £5,000 for homeless charity Helping Hands.
The charity – who won the Not for Profit Excellence Award – walked away from the event with the promise of an oven for its soup kitchen, donated by Aubrey Allen.
Helping Hands CEO Lianne Kirkman said: “I’m overwhelmed with the support we have had from the Leamington Business Awards. The night was particularly special because one of our guests was someone who had been unemployed and living in a garage before Helping Hands provided support – he is now kitchen manager at Coffee Architects and living in a house with a great future ahead of him. Our work is only possible thanks to the donations and support we receive, and the Leamington Business Awards has given us a great boost.”
Managing director of HB&O Mark Ashfield, thanked guests and sponsors for their support and donations which ensured the success of the event.
Judges included Bravissimo Sarah Tremellen, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools David Hanson, Leamington Business Forum founder Jonathan Smith, and area director of SME Banking Roger Scott.
The winners were:
Employer of the year – Aubrey Allen
Customer service excellence – Heart of England Cooperative Funeral Care
Innovation of the year – Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd
Not for profit excellence award – Helping Hands
Business and the community – Stacey Calder
Outstanding achievement – Warwickshire Crisis Outreach Service Team
New business of the year – The Drawing Board
Independent business of the year – Leamington Wine Company
Young Business Person of the Year – Kent Packman, Magik Arts
Business of the Year – Bellagio Stone