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Test Valley Business Awards 2018 finalists announced

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With 2 months to go until the fantastic Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 13th September, it is now time to announce the shortlist of 18 finalists across the Test Valley Business Awards’ 6 categories for 2018.

More than 220 entries were received, from businesses large and small, the largest number in the awards’ 14-year history.

This year’s judges, who represent the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have scrutinised the entries, spoken to and visited some of the most enterprising and inspiring businesses within Test Valley.

The judges have grappled with the very difficult task of selecting just 18 exceptional local businesses as this year’s finalists.

A TVBA spokesperson said “Commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2018 finalists are:

Businesswoman of the Year Award

  • Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources
  • Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd.
  • Alana Penkethman of Parker Bullen LLP

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Simplyhealth

  • UCPS Learning Ltd.
  • MOR Solutions Ltd.
  • VuePoint Solutions Ltd.

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

  • Martial Art World LLP
  • Pure Human Resources
  • Wathen Marine Catering Equipment Services Ltd.

Innovation & Technology Award – sponsored by The University of Southampton Science Park

  • VivaMOS Ltd.
  • VuePoint Solutions Ltd.
  • Inflowmatix Ltd.

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council

  • CoCo’s Canine Creche Ltd.
  • Vista Glaze Ltd.
  • VivaMOS Ltd

Doing Business Locally Award – Sponsored by Taylored IT

  • CoCo’s Canine Creche Ltd.
  • The Sheep Shed Gallery
  • The Greyhound on the Test

Hendry Taylor of Taylored IT, judge of this year’s Doing Business Locally Award said of this year’s finalists “With so many entries of such high quality, judging has been a – very welcome! – challenge this year, actually it has been very hard to select the finalists. Congratulations to all the finalists. To have come this far is a wonderful achievement.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 13th September; costing just £55 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

To book tickets, please visit: or see: for more information.

Now in its 14th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

For more information about this year’s Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, please visit: