The Winchester Business Excellence Awards are organised in partnership by The Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester BID and is open to businesses within the Winchester District.

The awards will culminate in an awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday 6th June at Winchester University. The event has long been recognised as a key date in the business calendar of the district, and those companies lucky enough to be become a WBEA finalists will receive two tickets to the awards ceremony and dinner.

Nominations are welcomed for businesses or businesses are able to nominate themselves.

Once received the nominations will be considered by our judging panel and may be subject to a ‘Mystery Shopper’ visit and/or Natwest health check. The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category in the Hampshire Chronicle. All three category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at Winchester University on Thursday June 6, where the winners will be announced.

Hampshire Chronicle:

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Hampshire Chronicle or on Hampshirechronicle.co.uk and will also be featured in the category winners' coverage in the Hampshire Chronicle and on Hampshirechronicle.co.uk.

If you own a business or know a business that deserves recognition why not enter them to win an award.

Awards categories include:

• Business Leader Award - sponosored by Paris Smith

• Young Business Person Award

• Social Enterprise Award - sponosored by HWB Accountants

• Large Business Award - sponosored by Winchester City Council

• SME/Independent Business Award - sponosored by Winchester BID

• New Business Award

• Digital Innovation Award

• Eco-business Award - sponosored by Winchester University

• Service Excellence Award - sponosored by Brewin Dolphin

Millennium Egg will continue to be awarded by the WCC to the organisation or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Winchester area.

The Business of the Year Award will be nominated to the overall winner that will be chosen by the judging panel form all the category winners, sponsored by Simplyhealth.

“Since 1872 we’ve been helping people access the healthcare support they need through our health plans, charity partnerships and by being a voice in healthcare. Today we’re delighted to be the UK’s leading provider of health plans, dental plans and pet health plans, which help individuals, families, employees and pets to get support with their health when they need it. Last year we donated £1.13 million to our charity partners which equates to over 10% of our pre-tax profits. Additionally, our partnership with the Simplyhealth Great Run Series raised over £40 million for charitable causes.” To find out more visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk

To enter simply email 100-250 words to wbeawards@localiq.co.uk The category, name, address, website, contact name and telephone number must be submitted with each nomination.   

Closing date for nominations will be May 6, 2019.

Click here for category criteria

Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit www.newsquest.co.uk/prize-competition-rules/ for full details. £250 multi-media advertising prize valid for use until 31st December 2019.

WBEA sponsors and supporters

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK's leading wealth managers.  Founded in 1762, we help our clients achieve their ambitions through expert, personalised financial planning and investment management advice.

Whether you are looking to generate an income, fund a personal passion, or plan for retirement, our first investment will always be in understanding your priorities and building a personal relationship with you.

We now have 30 offices across the UK, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland, and having had a base in Bournemouth for many years, we were delighted to be able to open our Winchester office last year.

The value of investments and any income from them can fall and you may get back less than you invested.

At the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce We provide support for all types of local organisations. We are owned and led by our membership and as a private sector, not for profit Company we are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business.

We hold over 100 different types of events every year which gives all members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or promotional opportunities. We also provide Training services, International Trade services, a host of membership benefits and offers. To find out more please contact us: 01329 242420

HWB Accountants  As one of the largest independent accountancy practices in the region, we offer the benefits of extensive, specialist teams with depth and breadth of resource and experience. Our dedicated team of charity specialists are on hand with expert advice and guidance so we can meet the needs of each organisation. To be commercial, proactive, forward-thinking, to take our experience and make it work for your organisation. We are committed to genuinely understanding the challenges you face and the value of high quality, proactive advice. We work hard to deliver more – to be different from other accountants.

Paris Smith enables its clients to achieve goals and dreams through a positive experience with legal excellence and its extensive networks. We shall understand your goals and challenges to add best value. We thrive on relationships with people and enterprises which share the values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Trust. We have expertise in all areas of business, serving commercial enterprises both of international reach and those in their formative stages. We are committed to Hampshire, making it an even better place to live and work. Do get in touch to learn how we can help you.

Simplyhealth Since 1872 we’ve been helping people access the healthcare support they need through our health plans, charity partnerships and by being a voice in healthcare.

Today we’re delighted to be the UK’s leading provider of health plans, dental plans and pet health plans, which help individuals, families, employees and pets to get support with their health when they need it.

Last year we donated £1.13 million to our charity partners which equates to over 10% of our pre-tax profits. Additionally, our partnership with the Simplyhealth Great Run Series raised over £40 million for charitable causes.

To find out more visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk

University of Winchester At the heart of our values-driven University is a passion and commitment to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. 
Our dedication to sustainability is reflected in the University’s strategy and embedded across the institution through our learning and teaching, research, knowledge exchange and culture. 
We are an exemplar of environmental sustainability and are committed to reducing our environmental impact through sustainable water management, improving biodiversity through sustainable and ethical food, reducing our carbon footprint and our consumption of natural resources.  

We are delighted to sponsor this new category and are proud to continue supporting the Winchester Business Excellence Awards.

Winchester City Council From our historic City Centre, home of the ancient capital of England, to our bustling market towns, we are home to 115,000 residents. With a rich heritage and beautiful countryside we have over 6 million visitors every year. With two Universities and over 7,000 businesses we are an important seat of learning and business.

The City Council provides a range of services every day to ensure our district is a great place to live. Keeping the streets clean, looking after open spaces, providing affordable housing are all part of our role. Visit our website for more information: winchester.gov.uk

Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business-funded organisation formed to improve the commercial wellbeing of the city. There are now more than 300 BIDs across the country and Winchester was one of the first established in the south of England and has been in operation since 2008. The BID represents businesses working together to improve their city and invest collectively in local improvements that are in addition to those that are already delivered by local statutory bodies. The BID delivers a programme of events, projects and services to position and promote Winchester, manage and enhance the cityscape, support business growth and influence and inspire change.

Jeremy Edwards “taking the drama out of public speaking”

Cool, Calm and Confident helps clients take the drama out of public speaking, using acting and presenting skills and techniques to help those in the corporate world increase their confidence for presentations, public speaking, pitches and every day life.  Jeremy Edwards has spent over 25 years working in all facets of the entertainment industry and is able to offer knowledge and techniques gained through personal experience to provide an all inclusive course that will arm you with all the tools to tackle any presenting or public speaking situation. coolcalmandconfident.com

Chesil House has been owned and occupied by the Steel family for four generations, serving the Hampshire community since 1860. Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment – Chesil House is an exquisite venue

overlooking our beautiful walled garden on the banks of the River Itchen in the heart of historic Winchester. Fully licenced with resident caterers (Little Kitchen Company) the Chesil Suite has state of the art audio visual technology,

it is available for services, gatherings, presentations and events for up to 100 people in a truly unique setting. www.chesilhouse.com 

The Little Kitchen Company was established in 2011 and provides bespoke event catering for all occasions.

We cater for weddings, parties, corporate entertaining, Posh Picnics and plenty more - as an award winning Hampshire based caterer we will work with you to create the perfect event and menu.

We are delighted to be in partnership with Richard Steel and Partners heading up the catering offering at the stunning Chesil House venue.

www.thelittlekitchencompany.com