Our annual Biz Awards were celebrated on the 20th of April at Great Fosters in Egham and we were joined by a huge selection of successful local businesses from across Surrey & Hampshire.
We awarded and recognised local companies and individuals for their achievements at a gala lunch celebration. This event featured special guests and live entertainment from Travis, as well as a chance to win a share of prizes worth £30,000.
Independent judges considered all nominations with the Biz filters of Learn, Enjoy, Inspire & Give Back in mind, and we want to congratulate all that entered this year.
Nominations have now closed. Please keep an eye open for new and exclusive Biz events.
Travis provided the entertainment and spoke to Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon before the event:
Hear from the winners at this year's awards:
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognises a person who has demonstrated great ability in starting, growing and sustaining a successful business.
Nick Thompson – DCSL Software Ltd - Farnborough - WINNER
Jo Mackay – Bookings For You Ltd – Haslemere
James Morris – Trafalgar & JF Marquees - Cobham
Employee of the Year
This award recognises an employee who continually goes ‘above and beyond’ with their job role making exceptional contributions to the business.
Linda Yeomans – Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society – Farnham
Michael Pilgram – Thunderbolt Digital – Farnham
Michael Tarran – The Friary - Guildford - WINNER
Meet the Judges
John graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a BSE in Engineering and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1974.
He joined Morgan Stanley in 1975, becoming a Managing Director in 1985 and Vice Chairman in 1996. John has been based in the London office since 1978. He has managed the Nordic Corporate Coverage Group for over sixteen years and the Global Corporate Finance Business.
John has been actively involved in the merger of Asea and Brown Boveri; the restructuring of Investor AB and AB Volvo; the demutualization of Trygg Hansa and the buyout of Saab-Scania. John led the Morgan Stanley team, which restructured the SEBanken during the Swedish banking crisis.
Most recently he led the Morgan Stanley team which defended Scania AB against the hostile bid of MAN AG.
Also, he represented Investor AB and Morgan Stanley in the purchase of Molnlycke Healthcare.
John's other interests include:
- Member of the Board of Tele2 AB, Molnlycke Healthcare and the Grand Hotel Holdings
- Chairman of Sportfact Ltd (Guildford Flames)
- Member of the Advisory Council of the Bendheim Centre for Finance (Princeton University); Trustee Lakefield College School
- UK Trustee The Global Fund for Children
Richard Woods, is an entrepreneur, speaker and author based in Surrey, England. He has a serious obsession for Entrepreneurship, Design and Digital Marketing.
He runs a large portfolio of businesses including:
- A Digital Marketing Agency Yomp Marketing www.yompmarketing.com,
- A Videography, Audio and Photography Company Yomp VAP www.yompvap.com
- An oil distribution business Top Up Fuels www.topupfuels.co.uk
- A Property / Asset Management Business Yomp Consultancy.
His latest company to launch is The Digital TrailBlazer www.digitaltrailblazer.co.uk, which aims to help small service sector businesses rapidly grow using cutting edge marketing techniques.
He is a frequent speaker at large business events, trade shows and seminars
He was a finalist upon BBC’s The Apprentice, Series 11 (2015) – Where he was the top seller across all tasks, won 8 out of 10 tasks and broke two Apprentice records one for most sales in one day (£4.3 million) and secondly “The best Advertising Task ever seen on The Apprentice” – Lord Sugar
He proudly studied ‘Business with Entrepreneurship’ at Southampton Solent University and received a first class hons for his final dissertation ‘Is there a link between Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship’.
Outside of business he has a love of rugby and will also be found on many a weekend half way up mountains hiking / climbing, with his brother and business partner Tim Woods and father Dennis Woods.
He is 32 years old and based in Surrey, England. Married to Cara Woods, son Mylo Woods and daughter Poppy Woods.
Yvonne Bryce, started her career at the age of 15. Working from their family home, Yvonne was instrumental in the infant stages of Knights Group Worldwide founded in 2004 by her father, Tony Knights. Yvonne worked her way through the organisation, working in each role prior to taking up her appointment as owner and Managing Director in 2013. Yvonne now successfully runs both Knights Group, a national security provider to events and venues across the nation, including both national stadiums, Wembley and Twickenham and Knights Training Academy a nationally recognised training provider delivering a wealth of qualifications to employers and individuals, as well as running 15 full time Youth Academies. In her short time at the reins, Yvonne has grown and diversed the organisation to become a £8 million pound company, reaching a 45% growth in her first year.
Alongside the business side of life, Yvonne is extremely dedicated to gifting her time and resources into the local community, as a member of the local Community Matters Partnership Project – a group of local organisations working together as a local network to engage and support their local community and The Anthony Knights Foundation, a charity established by Tony Knights, who provides support for local charities.
Knights Group were the proud winners of the Biz Awards, Business of the Year Award in 2015 and Yvonne is thrilled to be involved in the judging panel for the 2016 awards, knowing the importance of such events to the business community.
Combining his lifelong passion for music and accessible, exemplary education, Kainne has now placed music education within the core of his business interests. In the same year as taking on ownership of the iconic Metropolis studios in Chiswick, he also acquired The Academy of Contemporary Music.
Educated in the comprehensive state school system, Kainne showed a flair for technology and engineering as well as music & performance. In 1983, the government was promoting apprenticeships and Kainne decided to develop his formal education by learning electrical and electronic principles. He joined Solartron – Schlumberger in 1985 as an electronics apprentice and attended Guildford College of Technology to study HND for Electronics. Four years later Kainne went on to lead areas for Schlumberger which would take them into new markets including aerospace and transportation safety.
In 1994 Kainne decided to start his own company. Joining forces with a software company, CDS Rail emerged. By 1999 CDS Rail led the way in technology development for safety and performance improvement solutions, based on hardwares, sensor and measurement electronic ‘black box’ technology and software for analysis and communications.
Having already been recognised by The Times list and Ernst and Young as a contender for the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, Kainne went on to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2008. As the demand for the products grew stronger, Kainne decided to sell a proportion of the business to Voestalpine, a world class engineering company with 40,000 employees in over 40 countries, in order to maximise the opportunity to take the products global and integrate them with equipment manufactured by Voestalpine.
In 2012, Kainne decided he had fulfilled every aim he had set within this sector and wanted to find a way to go back to the roots of his other passion – music. Realising the significance of the opportunity Kainne had been given through the apprenticeship which enabled great mobility through business as well as social, having come from a simple and relatively humble background, Kainne wanted to bring education and music together.
He says, “Music education, at the business end was just not available when I was embarking on my career, and that without it, playing and recording, even when offered a deal, seemed somewhat of a hobby that you hoped one day you would get paid well to do, but was no way to plan any long term future.” This lack has been one of the defining forces that has driven Kainne to step into music education.'
Speaker - Robin Sieger
World-class reputation as a conference keynoter who passionately delivers high impact presentations that are informative, inspiring and entertaining. Robin’s humour and ability to connect emotionally with audiences has seen him become the first choice speaker at major conferences for some of the world’s most successful companies. A businessman, best selling author, and a leading success strategist Robin has developed a reputation within media and circles as a peak performance ‘guru’, in both business and sport. He divides his time between homes in the UK and USA
Robin is the author of six books including the international bestseller Natural Born Winners (Random House), sold in over 90 countries, in 20 languages, and also turned into a No 1 rated television series. recently he has written three books on golf psychology the first Silent Mind Golf remains on the best seller list after three years.
Robin give public and corporate presentations, on the psychology of success and peak performance in business, from shop floor to board level. He also coaches board level executives and professional golfers in the UK and USA. From 6 to 6000 his emphasis is on emotionally engaging the audience with ‘real world’ information they can action.
Robin was one of the first three speakers in the UK to be awarded a fellowship, in recognition of his achievements as a speaker by the Professional Speakers Association. He was and remains the only British speaker to present on the main platform at the National Speakers Association in the USA, at their national convention. He was the highest rated external speaker by Microsoft in 2009 with 96% average rating throughout 5 global events. In 2014 he was the keynote speaker at Toastmasters International Convention, in Kuala Lumpur.
Nominations for the 2016 Biz Awards have now closed.