THE elite of Portsmouth’s business community came together to celebrate their achievements.
Winners and those highly-commended and specially recognised at The News Business Excellence Awards gathered at a winners’ lunch hosted by Coffin Mew.
Managing partner at the firm Miles Brown said: ‘We thought it was a good idea to celebrate everyone’s achievements.
‘Everyone’s positive about the awards and now people deserve to enjoy themselves.’
Coffin Mew’s Emily Bell was named Apprentice of the Year at the ceremony earlier this month to the delight of the company’s partners. ‘We’re enormously proud of her, she is one of a kind,’ said Mr Brown.
The event gave judges and winners a chance to talk about their achievements.
Director at Verisona Law Sue Ball, who sat on the awards judging panel, said: ‘It was a nice chance to hear about local businesses, some that I had never heard of.’
Others talked about their success since the awards.
Customer service manager Sam Barry of Silver Lining Convergence said: ‘We have definitely noticed different people and more businesses coming to our website.’
The winners of each category will now go through to the Johnston Press South Business Awards in October.
Winner of Retailer of the Year and founder of Creatiques Bridal Boutique Robert Pearce said: ‘It feels good to have won. We are always pleased to go through to regional awards – it is always an achievement.’
‘Since the awards we have had a lot of people come in and congratulate us and we have put the award in the window.’
Those who weren’t able to attend on the night picked up their award, such as the winner of the Small to Medium Business Treat Your Skin, which collected its trophy.
Business development manager Chris Rice said: ‘It’s good to be recognised for all the hard work that we have done of the past six months.’
Brian Johnson, the UK business development director for BAE Systems, added: ‘The awards is becoming a part of the calendar and a lot of people are putting more nominations forward. It was nice to be at lunch and to get a chance to see all the winners and speak to them.’