Best of Hampshire Business honoured at Awards

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The best of the county’s companies were in the spotlight as the winners of the Hampshire Business Awards were announced at a ceremony last night.

Winners in five categories were revealed at an exclusive awards dinner in the grand surroundings of Winchester Guildhall.

The awards were hosted by BBC journalist Justin Webb and supported by the CBI.

Lucy Haynes, CBI Director, Member Relations, presented the CBI Special Award for Outstanding Business Led Campaign, which went to QinetiQ Group and was accepted by Sam Healy, the Group’s Head of Sustainability.

The RBS Management Team of the Year award went to Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Trust and was accepted by Charles Barker, the Trust’s Managing Director of Archaeological Services.

Presenting the award, RBS Regional Director Dan Salanson said: “The management team have a clear vision to make the Mary Rose an international exhibition, overcoming the not insignificant hurdle of finding £35m of funding for this really ambitious project. The sheer scale of the achievement and its successful outcome are testament to the skills and leadership of the Mary Rose management team.”

The Blake Morgan Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Award went to Basingstoke-based corporate relocation experts HCR Group, and was accepted by Simon Hood, HCR Group’s Head of Marketing and George Dawes, Project Manager.

Presenting the award, Manoj Styche-Patel, Partner and Divisional Director at Blake Morgan, said: “HCR Group has both an environmental policy and a strong carbon management action plan which have helped improve operations, ensuring that they have become leaner, greener and more efficient. This has made savings both in monetary and environmental terms.”

The University of Southampton Technical Innovation Award went to Isle of Wight company Innovative Physics, which specialises in radar threat detection. The award was accepted by Victoria Anderson, the company’s Business Development Officer.

Presenting the award, Don Spalinger, Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Southampton, said: “Innovative Physics have developed a next generation detection device to help emergency responses where radiation contamination is involved. They work closely with their customers to develop bespoke packages and continuously improve their product.”

The final award of the night, KPMG Company of the Year, went to Cleansing Service Group, which has its head office in Segensworth. The award was accepted by Neil Richards, Managing Director.

Presenting the award, Will Smith, KPMG Senior Partner for Southampton, said: “Cleansing Services Group is a family-owned company that continues in its 80th year to go from strength to strength by retaining the ethos of a family run business, focusing in exemplary customer service and empowering its staff to deliver its clearly stated business goals, by being innovative.”

The full list of winners and finalists is below:

CBI Special Award for Outstanding Business Led Campaign

  • WINNER: QinetiQ Group

RBS Management Team of the Year

For a management team who can demonstrate a clear and consistent track record of strong leadership

  • WINNER: Mary Rose Trust – Portsmouth
  • FINALISTS: Cleansing Service Group Ltd (Segensworth) and The Car Finance Co (Portsmouth)

Blake Morgan Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Award

For a business or organisation which has shown commitment to promoting sustainable behaviours and practices

  • WINNER: HCR Group – corporate relocation, Basingstoke
  • FINALISTS: Croydex Ltd – bathrooms (Andover) and Garmin Europe Ltd – GPS technology (Southampton)

University of Southampton Technical Innovation Award

For a business which demonstrates how a new technical innovation has achieved commercial success

  • WINNER: Innovative Physics – radiation threat detection, Isle of Wight
  • FINALISTS: iPresent Ltd – interactive app developers (Alton) and Wordery – independent online bookseller (Farnborough)

KPMG Company of the Year

For a business which demonstrates an outstanding financial track record with strong sales growth and a commitment to increasing profitability

  • WINNER: Cleansing Service Group Ltd – waste management, Southampton
  • FINALISTS: CLC Group Ltd – property maintenance (Southampton) and Raymond Brown Group – engineering, waste and construction, (Ringwood)