With champagne flowing, laughter in the air and dance-offs everywhere you looked, Buckinghamshire’s finest, resplendent in their best tuxedos and dresses, celebrated the best of business in the ‘Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain’.
The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre welcomed 250 finalists, guests and sponsors on Friday 30th June for the premier business event in the county. With thirteen awards to hand out, three delicious courses to savour, and copious amounts of champagne and wine to work through, Buckinghamshire’s best businesses had a well deserved night off to appreciate and celebrate eachother’s achievements.
Several brave souls took to the stage for a dance-off, with Buckinghamshire Business First Chairman Alex Pratt answering the challenge of one member of the audience for a one-on-one battle!
Last year’s Enterprising Charity of the Year, Chiltern Rangers, were supported through a raffle on the night that raised more than £1,000.
Now...read on to see who walked away with the coveted Buckinghamshire Business Award trophies!
This award is open to all employers who have employed or provided work experience for a young person under the age of 24 (at the time of recruitment) since September 2015 which has involved training. The award wishes to recognise companies providing excellence in training and career opportunities in the county.
The Business Leader of the Year Award identifies and celebrates individual business leaders who are really going places.
The award recognises charities and social enterprises (irrespective of size) who have made a significant impact in the local community during the last 12 months.
This award seeks to recognise excellence in customer service at a time in which it has never been more important to make the right impression on customers.
Businesses and organisations that enter this category will need to show that they have expanded their markets beyond that of the UK and are working with other international companies, significantly increasing their sales revenue as a result of international working.
This Award is open to any tourism, hospitality or leisure related business, irrelevant of size.
This category is open to any business that started trading after the 1st January 2015. The business cannot be an expansion of an existing business, name change or new location of an existing organisation.
The small business category is open to any business that employs fewer than 20 full time employees or equivalent.
This Award is open to any business within the county that has grown or scaled up since October 2015. The definition of a scale up refers to business which have shown rapid growth with the potential and ambition to continue that trajectory.
Buckinghamshire’s four District Councils are demonstrating their commitment to supporting a vibrant economic community by offering businesses based in each of their district’s the chance to be crowned ‘the best of the best’.
The District Award can also be entered in addition to two other awards or as an entry in ts own right should a company not wish to enter any other specific category.