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Biz Awards

The ceremony will be held at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre on

 Thursday 9th May 2019

Biz Awards Finalists

Business of the Year

Sponsored by: Herrington Carmicheal

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Inchora Plc

Farnborough 

Butt Miller

Camberley

Equals Collective

Guildford

 

Herrington Carmichael
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Charity/Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by: Kall Kwik, Farnham

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

The Knights Foundation

Camberley

 

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

West Surrey & North- East Hampshire

 

Surrey Search & Rescue

Surrey

Kall Kwick

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Community Consideration

Sponsored by: Guildford College

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Guildford Shakespeare Company Trust

Guildford

 

Kelly's Storage

Guildford

 

Informed Choice

Cranleigh and Petersfield

Guildford College podcast

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Customer Focus

Sponsored by: project five

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS 

 

Kall Kwik Farnham

Farnham

 

KPC Creative Communications

Farnham

 

Sell Electrical Ltd

Leatherhead

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Digital Innovation

Sponsored by: Surrey Chambers of Commerce & Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Apps In The Sky

Basingstoke 

Conquest Consultancy

Camberley

Macmillan Distribution

Basingstoke

Surrey and Hampshire Chamber

Pink line

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by: Morgan McKinley

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Liam Smith

Apps In The Sky

Basingstoke

 

Adam Burness-Smith

ramsac

Godalming

 

Richard Luff

Branston Adams

Farnborough

Morgan McKinley

Pink line

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Sponsored by: Places Leisure

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Gemma Cockrell 

Puremess

Guildford

 

Harry East

Equals Collective

Guildford

 

Simon Sherlock

Distillers Of Surrey

Ripley

 

Places Leisure

Pink line

Green Award

Sponsored by: iCs

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

 

Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Natural Burial Ground

Guildford

 

LittleLeaf Organic Cotton

Headley

 

Brandler London

Walton-on-Thames

iCS

Pink line

Leadership Award

Sponsored by: Woking Works

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

Paul Adams

Branston Adams

Farnham

 

Sonja Freebody

Headway Surrey

Guildford

 

Jon Morrissey

Jon Morrissey Ltd 

Aldershot

Woking Works

Pink line

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

Sponsored by: Village Hotel Club

Find out about the sponsor here

FINALISTS

 

UniExcellence

Cobham

 

Okomoko

Farnham

 

My 1st Photos Ltd

Guildford

Village Hotel Club

Biz Awards 2019

Richard Maybury

Richard Maybury

Known as ‘Mr Productivity’ by his clients. His specialist training business ‘Attitude Solutions’ equips and enables business leaders and their people to manage their competing priorities and deliver their critical results easier every day.  He calls what he does ‘Welding Purpose to Priorities’.

 

His flagship personal and collaborative workload management training delivers measurable productivity improvements for his clients. These clients range from FT100 / S&P500 firms to fast growing, ambitious SMEs. He currently supports clients in 16 countries. 

 

Prior to establishing this business Richard was a Chartered Insurer working in the corporate / commercial risks sector in the London market and living and working in 5 overseas markets in Africa, Middle East and Far East. In the middle East he was involved in transforming the business and operational models of three businesses for the Norwich Union/Aviva into locally incorporated Joint Ventures.

 

He is the Chair of the Institute of Directors in Surrey, the second largest branch of the IoD with over 3000 members, as well as being the HR Ambassador for the county. His popular IoD Director Briefing Breakfasts attracts between 60 to 80 business leaders to the Guildford Cathedral refectory every month for a stimulating sharing of insights and inspirations over breakfast. 

Julianne Ponan

Owner and CEO of Creative Nature, a leading brand in the free-from industry with products now stocked in over 4,000 UK stores including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Co-op, Ocado and BP as well as exporting to over 10 countries around the world.

 

Since she can remember, Julianne has been anaphylactic (stops breathing) to all tree-nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, chickpeas and lentils, among other things. This made healthy eating and air travel a major concern and potentially fatal for her and millions of people around the world who also suffer from common airborne allergens like tree nuts and peanuts. Whilst Julianne has learnt to live with her allergies, constantly reading and re-reading ingredients lists to make sure they are safe, air travel continues to be a stressful situation, with some airline insisting on serving nuts, when they really don’t need to.

 

In order to improve the lives of allergy sufferers, without detrimentally impacting the lives of everyone else, Julianne created a range of snack bars that are free from the top 14 allergens, whilst still beating her competitors on taste. With a range of 7 snack bars that cater for many different tastes, from classic desserts like Apple Pie to the more exotic like Ginger Teatox, Creative Nature is the treat you can totally trust. Her range has now won more Great Taste awards than any other competitor brand, ensuring these bars have mainstream tastes, whilst being safe for all.

 

Julianne has attracted a lot of media attention and won multiple awards due to the success of her products and the positive response from consumers. She is featured regularly on Sky News, BBC News, Radio 5 Live and in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail, speaking out about making the world safer for allergy sufferers and talking about small business issues. She is a Retail Ambassador for the Everywoman Awards and was included on this year’s Forbes Under 30 list, the most exclusive business awards for young entrepreneurs. She has also picked up regional, national and international awards in business and for her products, with one of her snack bars beating competition from the supermarket giants to win Best Sweet Snack at the Quality Food Awards. 

 

Julianne is also a mentor and motivational speaker around the world, having spoken at The Houses of Parliament, The Ritz, KPMG, Amazon, Google and many more, has completed the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business program and recently successfully completed her first ever investment raise, getting over £500,000 for just over 6% equity, valuing Creative Nature at £6M.

 

Julianne Ponan

Steve Coburn

 

 

Steve Coburn

Managing Director of projectfive, the multi-award winning IT Support company from Camberley.  projectfive were established 17 years ago and work with over 250 local businesses, acting as their IT Department.  Well-known for their modern culture and local charity work, projectfive employ nearly 50 people and are proud to have won the National Technology Awards’ honour as The Best Outsourced IT Support company in the UK.  Steve is also the President of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce and a previous winner of the IoD’s Director of the Year award.

 

 

 Sue Courtney

On graduating, Sue has enjoyed a varied career within HR, Finance, Company Secretariat, Marketing and Events Management working for both SME and large blue chip organisations.  Over the last 10 years she has channelled her career focusing on  the marketing and management of both social and technical events in the corporate arena.  Recently joining the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Sue’s remit is to organise, support and manage events, sponsors and speakers to facilitate networking opportunities throughout Hampshire.

Sue Courtney

Greg Melly

Greg Melly 

Senior Vice-President, Advancement and Community at the University of Surrey.  He is a member of the Executive Board and the University’s Council

 

Greg has responsibility for local partnerships (civic and civil), advancement, sponsorship of strategic projects (including the Learning Hotel and Blackwell), and championing other University initiatives including the wider engagement agenda.  The strategic thread of the function is around building the University’s engagement with civil and civic society and lifting the University’s reputation as an anchor institution, delivering impact, growth and social benefit locally as well as nationally. 

 

Greg has a commercial background, joining the University of Surrey from the private sector in 2002. He has worked in the banking, electricity, telecommunications and satellite industries in South Africa, UK and mainland Europe, and has an MBA from Henley Business School.

 

Greg moved to the UK in 1989 and spent five years with South Wales Electricity, working on privatisation, treasury management, project finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

 

In the mid-nineties Greg moved to Guildford as Managing Director in the start-up Cable Communications venture CableTel Surrey and Hampshire Limited. The company experienced a growth rate of around 10 per cent per month for the period of his leadership.

 

Greg then worked in mainland Europe in the satellite industry before joining the University, where he has delivered business efficiency initiatives, many large-scale capital and transformational programmes including the sale of spinout company SSTL, the formation of Surrey Sports Park and the strategic alliance with the National Physical Laboratory.