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Surrey and Hampshire's Biz Awards

We're pleased to announce that the Surrey and Hampshire Biz Awards are back for 2018.
It's your chance to shout about the great work you've been doing throughout the year and we would love to celebrate with you!
We've got 10 categories for you to enter, have a look below to see which ones fit your achievements best. 
Nominations are open now, but they don't close till April, so you've got plenty of time to get your entry planned.


If you've got any questions, head to our Twitter profile here.

Meet the Biz Awards Judges

Biz Awards 2016


Biz Awards 2016

The Categories

Here is an overview of the 10 categories that your business to enter.
To nominate your business for a Biz Award, please fill in the form below using as much detail as possible, backing up your nomination with evidence.


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Entrepreneur of the Year 

Sponsored by Basepoint

  • This award recognises a person who has demonstrated great ability in starting, growing and sustaining a successful business.


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New Business/Start Up of the year (less than 18 months) 

Sponsored by Boom Credit Union

  • This award recognises a new business that has shown significant growth in its first 18 months and potential for sustained growth.

Find out more about the award sponsor, Boom Credit Union

Boom Credit Union

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Employee of the Year

  • This award recognises an employee who continually goes ‘above and beyond’ with their job role making exceptional contributions to the business.

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Customer Focus

  • This award recognises an organization that seeks to engage customers and deliver exceptional standards of service.

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Green Award

  • This award recognises a company that has demonstrated outstanding environmental and sustainability practice.

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Community Consideration

  • This award recognises a company’s efforts in the local community.

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Digital Innovation

  • This award recognises organisations who have demonstrated innovative use of digital technology to improve their business.

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Charity/Social Enterprise of the Year

  • This award recognises a charity or non-profit making organisation that has demonstrated exceptional work.

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Leadership Award

Sponsored by Woking Works

  • This award recognises an employer/leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

Find out more about the award sponsor, Woking Works

Woking Works

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Business of the Year

Sponsored by University of Surrey Business School

  • This award recognises a company leading the way in business excellence.

Find out more about the award sponsor, University of Surrey Business School


University of Surrey Business School

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Thinking of entering? Here's some good advice from local business owner and serial award winner Ollie Rastall...


Biz Award Nomination form

: : First name: Last name: Email: Phone number: Business name: Location: Biz Award Category:  : We should win a Biz Award because...: I consent for this website to contact me using these details:
Tell us why you should win a ‘Surrey and Hampshire Biz Award’ using as much detail as possible. (Minimum 150 words). Please back up your nomination with evidence where possible.

Meet the Biz Awards Judges

Ian Parry

Ian Parry

Ian Parry is an entrepreneur who started a new business with an investment of £3K. He has developed a business that turns over £3.5M and employs 34 people and is recognised as one of the brand leaders in the artificial grass sector. 

Louise Punter

Louise Punter became Chief Executive of Surrey Chambers of Commerce following 17 years working in manufacturing and business services. After a 5 year career break from Metal Box, she then spent 3 years as the Marketing Director of an international conformity assessment organisation, Bureau Veritas.

Louise sits on many different boards and committees covering economic development, skills, infrastructure, young people, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and International Trade to name but a few representing the views of businesses. Her mission in life is to support local Companies and help them to make the connections they need to grow and develop their business.

Louise Punter

Mark Baulch

Mark Baulch

Mark is Head of Policy & Representation for Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Before taking up his current position, Mark worked with businesses across the South East putting them in touch with accredited business networks abroad quickly and seamlessly. 

Mark spent nine years working for an information services company, not only in sales but with implementing various IT systems and exploring ways of integrating different systems with one another. He also had considerable input into both their e-book platform and their online database.

Earlier in his career, Mark was a retail manager as well as an Events Manager and so is highly experienced in customer care and has a solution focussed background.

Danny Pecorelli 

Danny Pecorelli is Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels andVenues, a family-run, independent group of country house properties situated across the south of the UK. Each has a unique combination of individual personality and design, but adopts a common flair for innovation and exceptional service.

Danny is actively involved in the wider hospitality industry and is Vice Chairman of the Master Innholders, he is also a Trustee of the Edge Foundation. Through his work in the industry, commitment to quality, hands on involvement to encourage personal development and training within Exclusive, Danny has been named Young Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors South and was voted Hotelier of the Year in 2014 by the Hotel Cateys.

Being heavily involved in the day to day operations of the business, Danny has a passion for developing the talent of the future. Such passion has also resulted in the launch of its Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, where aspiring chefs are given the opportunity to undertake an intensive training programme to learn in two years what might typically take five. 

Exclusive now employs over 760 people, has an annual turnover of £52m and has secured the coveted title of being one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Hospitality’ for the last 3 years, with Acorn award winners and just a great team of talented people. 

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