Biz Business Awards 2017

This year's Local Business Awards was held at Mercedes-Benz World.

It was a chance to celebrate Surrey and Hampshire's finest in local business.

We were treated to live entertainment from Farnham's Rachel Rose, fresh off this series of The Voice and an inspirational talk from keynote speaker, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE (founder of parkrun).

The winners are below. Congratulations everyone!


Our 2017 Biz Award Winners

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognises a person who has demonstrated great ability in starting, growing and sustaining a successful business.

The winner:

Jonathan Lucas, Elstead Lighting, Alton

Sponsored by: Countrywide Telecoms


New Business/Start Up of the year (less than 18 months)

This award recognises a new business that has shown significant growth in its first 18 months and potential for sustained growth.

The winner:

Cellar Wines, Ripley

Sponsored by: Dunsfold Park

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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.

The winner:

Lisi Pilgrem, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Business of the Year

This award recognises a company leading the way in business excellence.

The winner:

Trulawn Ltd, Sandhurst

Sponsored by: ServiceMaster Clean


Customer Focus

This award recognises an organization that seeks to engage customers and deliver exceptional standards of service.

The winner:

ACC UK Ltd, Farnborough

Green Award

This award recognises a company that has demonstrated outstanding environmental and sustainability practice.

The Winner:

Johnston Sweepers Ltd, Dorking

Sponsored by: Project Solutions Design and Build Limited

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Community Consideration

This award recognises a company’s efforts in the local community.

The winner:

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Digital Innovation

This award recognises organisations who have demonstrated innovative use of digital technology to improve their business.

The winner:

Orbital Media, Farnham

Sponsored by: Woking Borough Council and Woking Works

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Charity/Social Enterprise of the Year

This award recognises a charity or non-profit making organisation that has demonstrated exceptional work.

The winner:

Guildford Shakespeare Company Trust

Sponsored by: Patio Black Spot Removal

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Leadership Award

This award recognises an employer/leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

The winner:

Sarah Brocklebank, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, Farnham and Guildford

Introducing our keynote speaker: Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, founder of parkrun.

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt Photo

Today there are parkruns in over 1,000 locations around the world with over 600 in the UK. parkruns operate in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Singapore and France. 

Over a 2 million people take part in this uniquely accessible and social run, which has opened the possibility of wellbeing and social cohesion to all people regardless of ability or age. 

Having already been declared by Runners World magazine to be one of their ‘Heroes of Running’, Paul was awarded the CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to grassroots sports participation in 2014. 

Biz Awards 2016

Biz Awards 2016

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Biz Awards 2016

Meet the Judges

Nick Thompson

nick thompson: winner and judge for Business Awards

In 2013 Nick succeeded in an MBO and in the three years since he has employed 60 people, tripled turnover to almost £3M and also more than doubled the company’s profit. He has also span-off various new companies through partnerships and joint ventures.

Managing Director DCSL software (Last year’s Business Of The Year winners). 


Kate Lester

Kate Lester photo

Lester started her own business aged just 20. She’s an entrepreneur who loves to work on turn-around projects, accelerated growth or start-ups of small to medium size enterprises.

Kate is the CEO of Guildford-based, Diamond Logistics, which celebrates it's 25th Anniversary this year.

Tracy Jarvis

Tracy Jarvis judge on the business awards panel

Tracy Jarvis is an award winning social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Raised in North Town in Aldershot. 

Tracy is the founding Director of the highly innovative social enterprise, The Community Matters Partnership Project: a concept that brings together companies and communities to work in collaboration for social, economic and sustainable good. She now works as a consultant helping local authorities to set-up similar projects in other areas of the country.

Penny Power OBE

Penny Power; Judge for the 2017 Business Awards

Penny joined the Technology Sector in 1983 and built many sales channels and help people that find technology challenging. 

Now the published author of “Know Me, Like Me Follow Me”, Power is one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs. 

In the 2014 New Years Honours List Power was awarded an OBE for her commitment to ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Digital Development’ and now manages The Business Café® which trains young adults digital and business skills.

Dr James Aitken

james aitken judge for biz awards 2017

At twenty-three, Aitken was placed in charge of a new manufacturing facility by Philips Electronics employing 120 people. and has worked in industry for over 25 years.

Currently, Aitken is the Head of Department for Business Transformation & Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Surrey. The research group works closely with private and public sectors organisations. His research has gained awards and his work is published in several internationally rated journals.  

Travis at the Biz Awards 2016

Biz Awards 2016 winner


Biz Awards 2016 live music performance

What did they win?

The main Business Award's Winner won an eagle360 multi-platform advertising campaign which may include radio airtime, sponsorship, promotions, digital/social-media & video to value of £22,000.

Each of the nine category winners won an eagle360 digital marketing campaign to value of £2,000...

  • A souvenir trophy

  • A framed certificate

  • An electronic media press kit to help promote their award

  • Included on the Biz Award winners section of our website for 6 months

  • Editorial feature and audio podcast on the Biz Award winner pages

  • One year on the Eagle Business Directory

  • Included in congratulatory social media coverage following the Awards ceremony


All finalists got 3 tickets to attend our gala celebration 3-course lunch which was held on 4th May with special guests, live entertainment and a chance to network with the other locally celebrated businesses.

Last year, our annual Biz Awards were celebrated at Great Fosters in Egham.

We were joined by a huge selection of successful local businesses from across Surrey and Hampshire as well as the incredible rock band, Travis, who performed for us live.

Hear from the winners at last year's awards: 

Catch up on all of last year's news.