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Somerset Businesses Celebrate at the Somerset Business AwardsMonday 24th October 2016

We were delighted to once again sponsor the Business of the Year (51+ staff) category at the Somerset Business Awards, organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.  The awards are held to celebrate the tremendous achievements of Somerset based businesses and this years awards ceremony was held at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton. 
Bridgwater & Taunton College, Claims Consortium Group and Yeovil College were the finalists in our sponsored category, with Yeovil College being named as winner at the gala dinner attended by over 380 members of the Somerset business community. Jacqueline Dean, Chair of the Yeovil College Corporation and Mark Bolton, Director of Operations, were on hand to collect the prestigious award on behalf of Yeovil College from the awards host, BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell.
Neil Wyatt, Head of Marketing at Higos Insurance Services, commented “Having had the privilege of judging this category for the past six years, this was without doubt the toughest decision yet, with so many high calibre entries received this year.  Claims Consortium Group won this award last year and Bridgwater College were winners of this award in 2012, so it was an extremely competitive category.  Yeovil College just pipped the two previous winners to the first prize and I congratulate them on their outstanding achievements in the past twelve months.  A special mention should also go to Norseland, who narrowly missed out on making it through to the final three.”
The full list of winners and finalists is:
Business of the Year 51+ staff, sponsored by Higos Insurance Services
  • 1. Yeovil College
  • Runner-ups: Claims Consortium Group and Bridgwater & Taunton College
Business of the Year 26-50 staff, sponsored by EDF Energy
  • 1. DNA Worldwide Ltd
  • Runner-ups: Oake Manor Golf Club Ltd and Melhuish & Saunders Ltd
Business of the Year 11-25 staff, sponsored by A.C. Mole & Sons
  • 1. Teapot Creative Ltd
  • Runner-ups: Filberts Fine Foods Ltd and Rebecca Bevins HR Consultancy Ltd
Business of the Year 1-10 staff, sponsored by Glyder Ltd
  • 1. Care Focus (South West) CIC
  • Runner-ups: Farm Toys Online and Petruth Paddocks Limited
Family Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Albert Goodman
  • 1. Holiday Resort Unity & Brean Leisure Park
  • Runner-ups: Oneline Surveys Ltd and Frogmary Green Farm
Marketing & Promotion Award, sponsored by ADPR Ltd
  • 1. DNA Worldwide Ltd
  • Runner-ups: Weston College and Reminiscence Learning
New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Foot Anstey LLP
  • 1. Puddy Vehicles Solutions Ltd
  • Runner-ups: Elite Staffing Solutions (South West) Ltd and My Day Care Services Ltd
Charity of the Year Award, sponsored by Clarke Willmott LLP
  • 1. The Hub Yeovil, Community Support Charity
  • Runner-ups: Secret World Wildlife Rescue and We Hear You
Environmental Award, sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors
  • 1. Frogmary Green Farm
  • Runner-ups: Holiday Resort Unity & Brean Leisure Park and Prolectric Services Ltd
Service Excellence Award, sponsored by Somerset Chamber of Commerce
  • 1. Claims Consortium Group
  • Runner-ups: Willmots Transport Ltd and Black Swan Dental Spa Ltd
Skills for Growth Award, sponsored by Wessex RFCA
  • 1. One Step Recruitment Ltd
  • Runner-ups: Channel Training Ltd and Claims Consortium Group
Somerset Manufacturer Award, sponsored by Monahans
  • 1. Swallowfield
  • Runner-up: Prolectric Services
Young Business Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Clarks
  • 1. James Cox (The Royal Bath & West of England Society)
  • Runner-ups: Charlotte Atkinson (Quedam Shopping Centre, Yeovil) and Sam Price (Integrated Data Needs)
Further details can be found by visiting or on Twitter at @SomBizAwards
Somerset Business Awards Winners
Pictured above: Neil Wyatt (centre) presents the Business of the Year Award (51+ staff) to Mark Bolton and Jacqueline Dean from Yeovil College
Higos team photo at the Somerset Business Awards 2016
Pictured above: Higos staff in attendance at the awards. 
Yeovil College winning business of the year at the Somerset Business Awards 2016
Pictured above: Mark Bolton, Director of Operations and Jacqueline Dean, Chair of the Yeovil College Corporation with the Business of the Year (51+ staff) award.
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