Bristol Post Business Awards 2015

Last week we attended a real highlight on the Bristol Business calendar; the Bristol Post Business Awards 2015 in association with UWE.

The awards are held in Brunel’s Old Station, or the Passenger Shed as it’s often called, which is a Grade 1 Listed Victorian building at Temple Meads station designed by legendary architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1841, which was 14 years ahead of London’s Paddington and was then considered the best and most prestigious station in the United Kingdom when it was opened.

Now host to many events from Asian weddings to cider festivals, the venue is also home to the Bristol Post Business Awards, which this year were spectacular and really celebrated some of the huge success stories Bristol and the south west region has to offer.

Bristol is home to some fantastic businesses and household names and I was particularly pleased to see Aardman’s Nick Park, David Sproxton and Peter Lord, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and of course Morph being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Internationally known and hugely loved by so many, this was well deserved and was great to see the recognition of their creative effort.

There were numerous awards presented throughout the night including Small Business of the Year which went to ETM recycling, Innovator of the Year won by Mubaloo, Retailer of the year Nailsea Electrical and Jeff Way Electrical winning Family Business of the Year.

The Export Award went to Bristol Corner Shop who have created a very innovative business in my opinion by exporting home favorites such as Tetley tea, marmite and HP sauce, to expats enabling them to get the taste of home wherever they are, delivered straight to their door.

Large business of the year went to Hargreaves Lansdown who are a great Bristol success story providing investment advice having started in Bristol by Stephen Lansdown and Peter Hargreaves. Stephen is perhaps best known these days for owning Bristol Sport, which includes Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Amy McCormack at ETM Recycling and the Business of the Year Award was won by Vistair Systems who also won Best Creative of Technological Business.

All of these business are creating opportunity and employment for thousands of people across Bristol and the region.

Being recognised for your efforts is hugely important for not just the business owners but employees too which is why it is so good to see that at the Bristol Post Awards recognition is given to individuals within businesses for their special contribution and effort they have made, such as Amy McCormack of ETM Recycling who won Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Many businesses start as our did from nothing more than an idea and some determination (and in our case a phonebox!) and grow in to enterprises employing people and creating products, services and opportunities. The people that start these businesses take huge risks in doing so, often unseen by almost everyone accept their families and sometimes close friends, so it was great to see so many people sharing in the successes of the businesses at the Post Business Awards – looking forward to next year!

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