Entries now being reviewed by judges for Business Excellence Awards shortlist

Gemma Lighting won Business of the Year at last year's awards
Gemma Lighting won Business of the Year at last year's awards
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DOZENS of entries have been received for The News Business Excellence Awards 2015 and now the judges are carefully considering who will make the shortlist.

The annual event is organised to celebrate all of the talented companies, teams and employees in the Portsmouth and south east Hampshire area.

This year, we have received a bumper crop of entries from firms all over the area.

Apprentices, small businesses and top teams have been selected as some of the best – now we are deciding who should make it through to the next stage.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We’re already impressed by the sheer volume of people and companies putting themselves forward.

‘We look forward to publishing the shortlist of entries in the new year.’

A number of businesses have got on board with the judging process.

Nick Gross, chairman and corporate partner at Coffin Mew, said ‘The standard of entries for the Large Business of the Year category has been exceptional. It demonstrates how important the awards are in recognition for the work employees put into their business.

‘All entrants in this category have demonstrated increase in growth, employment and ambition.’

Jamie White, head of communications for Douglas Stafford, said: ‘Excitement is starting to build now that the entries have been submitted.

‘As well as entering, we are also sponsoring one of the awards, Apprentice of the Year, and there are some fantastic entries for us to judge. It’s sure to be a great event once again.’

Sponsors’ role

SPONSORS of The News Business Excellence Awards play a key role in whittling down a shortlist and deciding the ultimate winners each year.

Businesses supporting us this year include former winners like Dynamite Recruitment in Havant, The Car Finance Company in Buckland, and Gemma Lighting in Farlington.

Gemma Lighting Ltd was established to create an innovative concept for environmentally friendly lighting requirements.

JSPC, which sponsored The News’ sister awards, the Johnston Press South Business Awards, earlier this year, is also on board. The company specialises in providing ICT support to schools in Sussex.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which runs the host venue of our awards, Portsmouth Guildhall, is also supporting the awards, along with Menzies Chartered Accountants, Barrakav Properties rental agency in Portsmouth and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Securitas security services have also joined the sponsors’ list for the first time this year.

Snows Portsmouth, the BMW and Mini dealership, is supporting The News.

Law firms Verisona Law and Coffin Mew, both based in 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour are backing the awards, along with Douglas Stafford, which provides mystery shopping services to businesses. The University of Portsmouth has also got involved in the awards.

The categories

Overall Business of the Year – sponsored by Verisona Law

Large Business of the Year – sponsored by Coffin Mew Solicitors

Small/Medium Business of the Year – sponsored by The Car Finance Company

Start-Up Business of the Year – sponsored by Gemma Lighting Ltd

Business Personality/Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Menzies LLP

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Douglas Stafford

Team of the Year - sponsored by Securities

Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Snows BMW & Mini

Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Innovation Space, University of Portsmouth

Community Contribution – sponsored by JSPC Computer Services

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure – Barrakav Properties

International Development of the Year - sponsored by Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Customer Service Award – Dynamite Recruitment

Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by BAE Systems