Awards celebrate the best in business across South Holland

Winners of Business of the Year - Kawstore.

Winners of Business of the Year - Kawstore.

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About 150 of South Holland’s business leaders celebrated the best in innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and customer care in the area.

The third annual South Holland Business Awards was held at the Springfields Event Centre.

Phil Scarlett, president of the Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “The awards once again showcased the outstanding level of innovation and services being developed across our diverse and growing area.

“The competition was stronger than ever and it is a significant achievement to have been honoured today. The standard of entries meant that it was difficult in most cases to clearly identify the winner, which is why we have decided to recognise entries that narrowly failed to win a category by awarding them a highly commended or commended.”

Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The sheer cross section of applicants for the business awards highlights the breadth of businesses in the South Holland area – from major companies to SMEs.

The awards served as a celebration of the most inspiring examples of how South Holland businesses and organisations are performing, innovating and developing their staff whilst also making a contribution to the community. Speaker Major John Mayo entertained the audience with tales of military life from Norway to the Falklands.

Praise for success of ceremony to reward businesses

After the awards, chief executive of the event sponsors praised the evening as a great success.

Joe Verde, of PSP IT,based in Elsoms Way, Pinchbeck, said: “Winning the Business of The Year Award last year, gave PSP an excellent platform to promote what we do and win new business.

And I’d like to thank the Spalding Business Chamber for the opportunity to get involved as this year’s headline sponsor, allowing us to give something back and help grow this event further.

It was a fantastic evening that really celebrated Spalding’s vibrant and diverse business community.

Big congratulations to all the winners from all at PSP.”

Chamber president Phil Scarlett said: “The Spalding District Chamber would like to say thank you to PSP IT and all the sponsor of our different awards.”

All those awards winners at a glance

Business of the Year – Kawstore

Highly Commended: The Spalding Voice

Commended: Kestrel Timber Systems

Business Person of the Year –  Robin Hancox – Lincolnshire Field Products

New/Small Business of the Year – Lincs Computers

Highly Commended: Classic Curtains and Interiors

Commended: JEM Building and Construction

Business Innovation of the Year – The Spalding Voice

Supporting the Community Award – University Academy Holbeach

Customer Care Award – FreshLinc

Highly commended: Woodlands Hotel

Apprentice of the Year – Ryan Burman from Ringrose Law

Highly commended: Nicholas Billows from Kawstore