THE winners for the 2020 Winchester Business Excellence Awards have been announced.

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

This year's event is kindly sponsored by category sponsors Dutton Gregory, Paris Smith, University of Winchester, Winchester BID, Chesil House and Winchester City Council.

Judging this year’s awards were Winchester Business Excellence Awards head judge, group managing director of Winchester Motor Group and chairman of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Winchester Business Strategy Group Mark Mills-Goodlet, business editor at LOCALiQ Darren Slade, Winchester BID executive director Paul Spencer and the category sponsors.

Mr Spencer said: "In what has been such a challenging year for everyone and indeed for businesses, it has been amazing to see so many nominations for this year’s awards.

"There are some really inspirational examples of how businesses in the Winchester District have adapted with innovative ideas for how they can continue to serve their customers and clients and support their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is important to recognise and celebrate success and good work, and even more so during what has been a difficult year for us all, and every business which has received a nomination should be very pleased with their achievements this year."

The winners are:

Business Leader - Steven Northam, IncuHive

Digital Innovation - Ridge and Partners LLP

Large Business - Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists Ltd

New Business - OMU (Orthodontic Mobile Unit)

Service Excellence - Pretty Woman Beauty Salon

SME Independent Business - Open House Deli

Social Enterprise - Blue Apple Theatre

Sustainable Business - Alfred's Brewery

Young Business Person - Will Harrigan - River Coffee Roasters

Overall Winner - Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists Ltd

Millennium Egg – Awarded to the Macartney family in recognition of the late Ken Macartney’s outstanding contribution to the local economy and to the local business community.