Strictly business at prime awards night

Andy Coaten, managing director of award sponsors Butters Group with Brett Caruso and Joe Verde of PSP IT, Pinchbeck, 2013 South Holland Business of the Year.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Andy Coaten, managing director of award sponsors Butters Group with Brett Caruso and Joe Verde of PSP IT, Pinchbeck, 2013 South Holland Business of the Year. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The best of business in South Holland has been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony in Spalding.

Achieving apprentices, breakthrough business innovation and comprehensive customer care were all celebrated at the second South Holland Business Awards held at Springfields Events and Conference Centre.

Geoff Taylor, chairman of the Chain Bridge Forge Board, and Coun Liz Sneath of forge owners South Holland District Council with the 'Supporting the Community Award sponsored by Definitions Health and Fitness and presented by John Smith.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Geoff Taylor, chairman of the Chain Bridge Forge Board, and Coun Liz Sneath of forge owners South Holland District Council with the 'Supporting the Community Award sponsored by Definitions Health and Fitness and presented by John Smith. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Businesses with a mind to support the community, new start-ups and bright entrepreneurs were also recognised at the event hosted by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce with Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.

The main prize of Business of the Year went to PSP (Peoples, Systems and Processes) IT of Pinchbeck which has gone from nothing to a projected turnover of more than £600,000 in just six years.

Chief Executive Officer Joe Verde, who started the company along with Chief Technical Officer Brett Caruso in 2008, said: “I honestly don’t know whether or when I’ll ever get the feeling again that I had when our name was announced.

“It was just the feeling of knowing that something which was just a concept six years is now an experience of winning a really prestigious accolade.”

There was more success for PSP-IT whose IT apprentice James Swaby was highly commended in the Apprentice of the Year category, an award won by Harry Mynott of Pinchbeck-based architectural hardware firm Kirby and Wells.

Holbeach firm Taylors Bulbs took the Customer Care Award, ahead of the Woodlands Hotel who was highly commended, while the Supporting the Community Award saw went to Chain Bridge Forge, Spalding.

The award was made all the more poignant coming just weeks after the death of former owner Geoff Dodd whose wife Judith was a guest at Springfields.

Councillor Elizabeth Sneath, a member of the Friends of Chain Bridge Forge Board, said: “It was an honour to be there with Judith and the award is for her husband who would have been delighted with it.”

Another agricultural firm, Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd, won the Business Innovation Award, a category in which Boston College’s Style Academy was highly commended.

The Small/New Business of the Year Award went to the Spalding and South Holland Voice Newspaper, a category where Spalding clinic Tonic Health was commended.

Among the guests at the awards were South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes, Mark Tinsley of Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Jim Rogers, President of the Fresh Food Consortium.

Mr Rogers, who set up Spalding-based fruit and vegetable importer FESA in 1985, was also named Business Person of the Year.