The News Business Excellence Awards 2020: Relive a night to remember at Portsmouth Guildhall with a special 8-page e-mag featuring all the winners

It was a night to remember as The News Business Excellence Awards 2020 were staged at Portsmouth Guildhall.
(L-r) Vince Noyce, Giles Callaghan, Josh Callaghan and Dich Oatley of The Portsmouth Distillery, winners of Start-Up Business of the Year, with Christopher Worrall of category sponsor University of Portsmouth at The News Business Excellence Awards 2020 at Portsmouth Guildhall(L-r) Vince Noyce, Giles Callaghan, Josh Callaghan and Dich Oatley of The Portsmouth Distillery, winners of Start-Up Business of the Year, with Christopher Worrall of category sponsor University of Portsmouth at The News Business Excellence Awards 2020 at Portsmouth Guildhall
(L-r) Vince Noyce, Giles Callaghan, Josh Callaghan and Dich Oatley of The Portsmouth Distillery, winners of Start-Up Business of the Year, with Christopher Worrall of category sponsor University of Portsmouth at The News Business Excellence Awards 2020 at Portsmouth Guildhall

A total of 17 prestigious accolades were handed out as the event returned for its 19th year to once again celebrate the achievements of companies and employees in the region.

The BBC’s Nick Wallis took to the stage as the night’s host, joined by each category sponsor to hand out awards to the deserving winners.

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The editor of The News, Mark Waldron, kicked off the night with a warm welcome to all, with headline sponsor Trethowans’ Lucy Gleisner also giving an inspirational speech.

Mr Waldron said: ‘Each year we celebrate local business success whatever the challenges – and I realise that 2019 and even the start of 2020 has brought many businesses challenges in the form of extraordinary political and economic uncertainty.

‘But the awards have come at a very exciting time for the city. We recently reported on the fact we are set for a booming economy for the year ahead, with Portsmouth having the second-fastest economic growth rate among competitor cities. That is a fantastic place to be.'

To read a special e-supplement featuring all the winners and a great selection of photographs, click here