was set up by Krissy Charles-Jones in 2009 and now employs over 50 members of
staff. Specialising in delivering Assessor, Verifier and Teacher training to
the highest standards available, Bright also assists its trainees to develop
their career and find work through its network of partners and "New Assessor”,
a recently developed arm of the business.
Judges said that
Bright Assessing was a simple idea that was executed with passion,
determination and vision. The business has demonstrated an impressive rate of
growth in a competitive market and generated many new jobs in the district.
Small Business of the Year 2013 sponsored by Bright Assessing - Grants Bakeries
Grants Bakeries is
a small artisan bakery located in Stratford upon Avon town centre. Craig
Blackman started the business in October 2011 with only one baker but has
rapidly expanded and currently employs two full time bakers, one apprentice and
two part time drivers. Being the only bakery in Stratford upon Avon, he is
providing local businesses with the opportunity to source locally produced
breads with locally sourced ingredients.
Our judges saw a
clear passion about the product at Grants Bakeries - their commitment to using
local suppliers and training apprentices in their artisan production methods
was commendable and they have filled a niche in Stratford upon Avon.
Town Centre Outlet of the Year 2013 sponsored by Stratforward - Sew Me Something
The Sew Me
Something sewing emporium offers something a little different. Based in the
Minories, the business boasts an old-fashioned fabric and haberdashery shop on
the lower floor where customers can purchase a range of products, from
ethically-sourced fabric to every kind of sewing paraphernalia and a range of
craft products. On the upper floor you will find a bright studio where a number
of popular workshops are held for adults and children. Sew Me Something is a
popular destination for locals as well as visitors to the town.
Judges said that
Sew Me Something is a unique concept that would appeal to all ages. It’s a
‘destination’ store that would draw people in to the town centre – with staff
going the extra mile to be helpful.
Green Business of the Year 2013 - Lilliput
25 years ago, Lilliput was run from a garage. Today, this successful company operates from retail premises in Stratford upon Avon. The shop sells high quality as-new baby equipment and toys, giving customers the opportunity to turn their unwanted items into cash and very importantly preventing waste by encouraging the recycling of goods.
Judges said that Lilliput reuse and recycle unwanted children's equipment - saving it from going to landfill, and testing each item rigorously to provide parents with a cost-conscious and environmentally friendly approach to buying for their children.
Hospitality Business of the Year 2013 sponsored by Holiday Inn - Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club
Set within a
private estate of 157 acres, this 4 star Hotel, Spa & Golf Club is
acknowledged as one of the leading luxury country house hotels in the Heart of
England. The hotel recently underwent a £2.2 million pound refurbishment
programme to enhance the customer experience helping the continued success of
commented that the Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa and Golf Club is an asset to the
town, going the extra mile to impress guests and investing heavily to exceed
their visitors expectations.
Team of the Year 2013 sponsored by Premier Inn - Stratford Civic Hall Team
Each member of the
team involved in the running of the Civic Hall in Stratford play their own
vital role in ensuring that this community arts venue’s events run without a
hitch. The team are very well known locally and show total commitment in
promoting the community arts scene in our town.
Our judges felt
that the Civic Hall team's clear and unflappable enthusiasm is essential to the
success of the Civic Hall. The team's efficiency, professionalism and 'can do'
attitude was clear to see from their nomination.
Customer Care Award 2013 sponsored by Western Power Distribution - The One Elm
The One Elm is a
well-loved locals’ pub nestled in the heart of the town. Renowned for serving
great locally brewed ales and good old fashioned home cooked favourites, The
One Elm’s main aim is to ensure all of their guests receive the warmest of
welcomes. Staff training and engaging closely with their customers enable them
to deliver an experience that keeps customers coming back for more.
Judges said that
the One Elm take an almost fanatical approach to customer care and make sure
that they go the extra mile in an intensely competitive environment.
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 sponsored by Stratford on Avon District Council - Adam Taylor & Lexi Tamasan
founded by entrepreneur Adam Taylor and his business partner Lexi Tamasan who
were previously unemployed. PetShopBowl came to life and has experienced rapid
growth. Adam and Lexi have based their business on delivering excellent,
user-friendly service for less-able pet owners.
Judges said that
Adam and Lexi have grown PetShopBowl.co.uk from a start-up company to a
successful business. With Princes Trust backing they have braved tough economic
times and demonstrated a commitment to the local community by providing
Large Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 sponsored by Wright Hassall Solicitors - Denys Shortt OBE
Denys Shortt OBE is
a serial entrepreneur with several businesses based in Stratford upon Avon.
From humble beginnings in 1994, Denys has sold over £1 billion worth of health,
beauty and household brands. Denys was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours
list for his significant contribution to business and the economy.
Commenting on their
decision, the judges felt that Denys' contribution to the Stratford upon Avon
economy and community was outstanding. Denys plays a huge role in business and
the community and mentors new businesses to encourage growth.
Tourism Initiative of the Year 2013 sponsored by Really Useful Tourism Group - Olympic Opening Ceremony Big Screen Event
More than 1,000
Stratford on Avon district residents and tourists from around the world
converged to watch the London 2012 opening ceremony live in Stratford upon
Avon’s Bancroft Gardens on Friday 27th July 2012. The 32 square metre screen
beamed the breathtaking ceremony of the Olympics from Stratford in London to
its namesake in Warwickshire.
impressed that the event welcomed both locals and tourists and enhanced the
status of Stratford upon Avon as a place that's great at holding world-class
Arts Organisation of the Year 2013 sponsored by the RSC - Orchestra of the Swan
Orchestra of the
Swan has its home in Stratford upon Avon but is a regional, national and
international Cultural Ambassador for the town. The orchestra performs at major
concert venues and festivals in the UK and also commissions some of the UK’s
leading composers. Orchestra of the Swan has recently been awarded the highly
prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society "Composer in the House” award,
appointing Huw Watkins to the post.
The judges said
that the Orchestra of the Swan is a world renowned orchestra who make classical
music accessible to everyone. They go to great lengths to engage with the local
Citizen of the Year 2013 sponsored by Orbit Heart of England - Francis Prentice & Martin Gorick
Francis Prentice is
an altruistic, energetic man who has used his vision and enthusiasm to the
benefit of the town. He is the founder and original Chair of the local Rotary
club’s Marathon event which raises approximately £50,000 per year for local
causes. He founded The Shakespeare Hospice Trust in 1990 and served as Chair
for 13 years. It is no exaggeration to say that without Francis’ commitment to
improving quality of life for people in Stratford on Avon district, The Shakespeare
Hospice would not exist today.
Francis because of his outstanding commitment to the Stratford community
through his work with both the Shakespeare Hospice and the Lions Club.
Martin Gorick has been a
fantastic Chaplain to the RSC and a wonderful Vicar for Stratford upon Avon,
celebrating not only the special qualities of Holy Trinity, but also providing
a warm and welcoming church and ministry to everyone who wanted to be a part of
Judges chose Martin
because he’s been at the centre of life in Stratford upon Avon for over a
Carer of the Year 2013 sponsored by Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital - Kevin Regester
Kevin (or "Kev” to
his colleagues) has worked on behalf of Heart of England Mencap for 3 years.
Kev has worked tirelessly with one customer in particular to improve their life
and as a result the customer has been able to participate in social
environments where he could have been excluded previously.
Our judges were
inspired by Kevin’s story in his very powerful nomination. They said it’s clear
that Kevin has found his vocation in caring and always goes the ‘extra mile’ to
care for others.
Educator of the Year 2013 sponsored by Stratford Town Trust - Juliet Short
Juliet has worked
in the educational sector for over 35 years - from working in schools teaching
through to owning her own locally-renowned dance school Mezzoforte. Her drive
to inspire young people to believe in themselves and aim high is outstanding.
Our judges said
that for 35 years, Juliet has inspired young people from across Stratford on
Avon District to believe that they can do more – her commitment to her students
is simply outstanding.
Young Achiever of the Year 2013 sponsored by Guy Salmon Land Rover - Verney Cull
At just sixteen
years old, Verney has overcome a number of challenges through hard work and
determination to succeed. Verney has won several school awards for his
continued academic success, has represented the town at the Shakespeare
Birthday celebrations as well as meeting the Queen at the official opening of
the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Judges said that
Verney demonstrated outstanding achievements in a very short time - winning
awards both in school and through his work at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Verney has also represented the town, meeting the Queen on her recent visit -
and has recently set up his own business providing magic at corporate events
A Pride of Stratford Special Award was given to the family of Mat Davis in his memory
When Mat Davis was
diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumour in 2009, he was just 20
years old. Mat had already supported his mum through Breast Cancer and his
grandmother through both Lung Cancer and Skin Cancer. When he received his
diagnosis, Mat was determined to support Cancer Research UK. He arranged Bingo
Nights, had his legs waxed and began an attempt to cycle from Lands End to John
O’Groats. Mat suffered a seizure in Manchester and was unable to finish his
cycle ride but raised thousands of pounds for the charity. Mat lost his battle
on 3rd November 2012 at the Myton Hospice in Warwick.
accepted a special award in his memory. As they collected his award, the song
that was at number one when he died was played – Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’
The Lewis Family were awarded with a special award in recognition of their charity work 353 in memory of Pvt Conrad Lewis
On 9th February
2011, Private Conrad Lewis from Claverdon became the 353rd British soldier to
be killed in Afghanistan. Since his death, his family have set up 353 – a
not-for-profit organization which raises thousands of pounds for a variety of
troop charities. Tony, Sandy, Jordan and Siobhan are an inspirational family
and accepted a special award for their efforts.
James Roe MBE and Nick Skelton OBE were awarded with special awards for their achievements at London 2012
Stratford Pride Award 2013 sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover - Marion Morgan