The finalists of the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards 2018 have been announced today, with dozens of firms across the county set to celebrate the best in business and compete for the 15 awards on offer.

The awards, organised by the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, are the biggest in the region and are now in their 18th year. The ceremony will take place on Friday 15th June at the International Centre, Telford.

Furrows Ltd, Pave Aways, Pure Telecom
and Grainger and Worrall Ltd have been shortlisted in the Company of the Year category, sponsored by Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council.

In the Customer Service category, Park House Hotel in Shifnal, CLCA Nursing in Shrewsbury, David Dexters in Bridgnorth, and XscapeNow! in Telford came out on top, sponsored by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

In the Best New Business 1-5 employees category, is Lower House Equine Clinic, HR Solutions Shropshire, 3D Printz Limited, and double-shortlisters, XscapeNow! in the 6-20 employees category, Evans Halshaw Car Store in Shrewsbury, Charlies at the Old Tearooms in Bridgnorth, Button & Bear Children’s Bookshop in Shrewsbury, and Beaver Bridges Limited in Shrewsbury have all been recognised. Both the Best New Business categories have been sponsored this year by Furrows Ltd.

The Best Online Business category, which launched in 2017 and is sponsored by Reech, saw Much Wenlock-based Wood’s of Shropshire, Wrekin Water Softeners, Purition Ltd, and CJ WildBird Foods Ltd shortlisted.

Richard Sheehan, Chief Executive at the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, explained
: “This year we received an exceptionally high volume of entries for all 15 of our categories, and to a very high standard, which made the final selection process quite challenging for our judges.

“We have an incredibly diverse range of businesses in our county and it was important for us to open up more categories to businesses which otherwise may have not entered. It’s also great to see many returning businesses, and many new organisations names in the running. Special thanks go to all of our award sponsors who continue to help make this annual celebration such a success.”

Sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton
, the Technology, Enterprise and Innovation category saw Stallion AI Services, Purple Frog Systems, Bronze Software Labs, and three-time Grainger and Worrall Ltd shortlisted.

In the International Trade category, sponsored by Global Freight Services, Stallion AI Services, TT Pumps, TIA (GB) Ltd, and CJ WildBird Foods Ltd selected as finalists.

A new category for 2018, sponsored by University Centre Shrewsbury, is Environmental Innovation, recognising companies in the region which have introduced or developed innovative environmental practices, processes or technology either for their own businesses or within their markets. ProcureLED Ltd, Hobsons Brewery, Lingard Farrow Styles and Reviive conquered the category.

Other finalists include:

Best Manufacturer, Sponsored by Barclays

  • Fabdec
  • Northwood Hygiene Products
  • Grainger and Worrall Ltd 
  • Protolabs

Best Small Business (1-5 employees), Sponsored by Nick Jones Wealth Planning

  • Charlies at the Old Mill Tearooms
  • Jungle HR Ltd
  • Shropshire Festivals Ltd
  • Purple Frog Systems

Best Small Business (6+ employees), Sponsored by Nick Jones Wealth Planning

  • David Dexters
  • Harrier Fluid Power T/A Flowfit
  • Salon Ten Limited
  • IN2 Access and Control Ltd

Apprenticeships, Sponsored by Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology

  • Morris Joinery
  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group
  • Qube (Oswestry Community Action)
  • Telford College

Business in the Community, Sponsored by Aaron & Partners LLP

  • Beaumont Financial Planners Ltd
  • Bridgnorth Aluminium Ltd
  • Reech Media Group
  • Clear Design Consultancy

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality, Sponsored by West Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadets Association

  • Climbing the Walls Ltd
  • Buckatree Hall Hotel
  • The Wroxeter
  • The Shrewsbury Club

The John Clayton Award
will be the final award presented on the evening of the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards to the nominated person who has significantly contributed to the community within Shropshire over the past 12 months. The introduction of the John Clayton Award in 2015 is a fitting way to honour his memory. John gave his time, wisdom and energy to numerous organisations providing support for communities across wide sectorial and geographical areas. It is therefore without question that this award is given to a person who has been independently nominated for their outstanding contribution to community.

Unlike other awards, the John Clayton Award required nominations not applications. The Shropshire Chamber Board members will review all nominations and select the winner.

As a member of the Shropshire Chamber Board for over 28 years, it is appropriate that John is remembered at the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards.


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