The News Business Excellence Awards: Overall Winner

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IT was a night to remember at The News Business Excellence Awards as firms celebrated being recognised for their achievements over the past year.

The event represents a broad range of industries and highlights the men and women making a difference in our workplaces who stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Just Develop It were crowned the Overall Winner. Picture: Mick Young

Just Develop It were crowned the Overall Winner. Picture: Mick Young

And as you’ll see across the next few pages, firms across the Portsmouth area received accolades in a range of categories covering areas such as hospitality and tourism, customer service and retail.

Walking away with three prizes, including the title of overall business of the year, was Whiteley property and technology investment firm Just Develop It.

The judging panel said ‘the dynamism’ of the business ‘sang off the entry forms’ and its management team is leading by example.

It was named Employer of the Year for its relaxed attitude to encouraging staff to enjoy themselves – while clearly working hard – with Segways in the office, table tennis tables and a chef preparing healthy meals.

And its success was underlined by the fact that its chief executive officer Chris Phillips was awarded the Business Personality of the Year award on the back of having guided the company to a 40 per cent increase in profits in the last year.

With form like that, one would be foolish to bet against the technology, property and investment experts continuing their exciting growth into the years ahead. See pages 52 and 55 to find out more.

Guest speakers on the awards night included Brian Johnson, maritime business development manager for BAE Systems, the event’s headline sponsor.

He spoke of his pride in Portsmouth, reaffirmed BAE’s commitment to the city and said he couldn’t wait to see it host the America’s Cup World Series this summer.

Sir Keith Mills, who helped to ensure the 2012 Olympics came to London, praised the awards and the impact they have on businesses.

Sir Keith is now one of the driving forces behind Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup project.

And Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in Chichester, gave a presentation on the company’s success.

- A winners’ lunch will be hosted by The News at 1000 Lakeside in Portsmouth on Thursday, March 26.

All sponsors, winners and highly commended will be invited.