06 July 2017

The Leatherhead & District Business Awards 2017 winners and runners-up were announced at a ceremony held on Tuesday 4 July at St John’s School, Leatherhead.

More than fifty people gathered to watch the award winners receive their trophies and certificates from Clare Cowan of BBC Surrey.  Guests included Cllr Raj Haque, Vice-Chairman of Mole Valley District Council and business personalities from the Leatherhead & District area.

Supported by headline sponsor ExxonMobil, the awards scheme has highlighted Leatherhead & District as the location of choice for successful companies.  With excellent transport links and premises, the area is home to world-class corporates, retailers and innovative small enterprises.  The Leatherhead Business Awards are designed to put the spotlight on the achievements of these companies and business leaders and to celebrate their success.  Nominations were received across the six categories this year.  

David Eglinton, Regional Adviser, Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil said: “We were delighted to continue our support of the Leatherhead & District Business Awards again this year.  The Awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase local businesses, highlighting the strength and diversity of our business community".

Becky Hildrey of Bocketts Park Farm, winner of the ‘Contribution to the Community Award’ sponsored by Exxon Mobil said: “We are delighted to have won this award.  As Bocketts Farm celebrates its 25th year, it's amazing to be recognized for our achievements, which simply wouldn't have been possible without the support of our local community which we value enormously. We are particularly proud of our fantastic and dedicated team!”

The awards are also supported by Mole Valley District Council, the Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce, Prowse & Co. Ltd, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Platinum Business.  /MORE

Joanne Rogers, Managing Director of Prowse & Co. who created the Awards said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the finalists and to thank the judges and sponsors along with all those who put forward nominations. The evening was a huge success with a great feel-good factor!”

Helen Bullen, named Business Person of the Year 2017, sponsored by Prowse & Co. said: “I am delighted to be the winner of the Business Person of the Year award.  Recognition for the hard work I have put into my healthcare clinic, Fine Fettle Multi-healthcare, and Business Coaching, “Helen Bullen”, by the Leatherhead Business Awards is something I will be proud to use to promote my business in the future.”

Jackie Quinn, President of the Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the Business of the Year category said: “The Leatherhead Business Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to demonstrate how great they really are.  There were a huge number of entries this year so everyone who reached the finals as well as the winners, should be incredibly proud of their achievement.  My business, Jackie Quinn Estate Agents, won Business of the Year award in 2011 and since then, business has doubled.  I believe this is because winning this prestigious award gives you fantastic credibility and inspires all team members to do their very best.”

Liz Turner, Director of Waytime Technologies, named ‘Business of the Year 2017’ at the Awards said: “Waytime has been in Leatherhead for over 10 years and we love it!  It has such a great variety of thriving businesses and we can’t imagine being based anywhere else.  Winning the Leatherhead Business of the Year is a real feather in our cap so thanks to everyone who helped us along our way – Waytime’s fantastic team and equally brilliant clients.”

Rosemary French OBE, Executive Director of The Gatwick Diamond Initiative said: “We are delighted to once again sponsor the International Business of the Year Award.  HH Global are a worthy winner delivering a strongly sustainable and cost efficient creative production, printing and packaging service. Over two decades through its ethos of partnership, collaboration and co-ordination, this company has become a global leader supplying customers around the world including many blue chips.” /MORE

Kevin Dunckley, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at HH Global said: “We are delighted and honoured to accept the award for International Business of the Year at the Leatherhead and District Business Awards. With our global headquarters in Leatherhead it was a pleasure to attend and meet so many other growing businesses and network with some very successful entrepreneurs. Many thanks to Prowse and Co and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative for their great support for these awards.”  

Andrew Dunne, Founder of First Hand Recruitment, named ‘Start-Up Business of the Year 2017’, sponsored by Mole Valley District Council said: “We are delighted to have won this award. Over the last few years, we have worked so hard to achieve our objectives and reach the level of success we are enjoying today. Working in the world of recruitment, our business is focused on connecting brilliant candidates with the most challenging and exciting roles. This award and recognition will allow us to further network with all the exciting and innovative technology companies in the local area. It's a real boost!”

The results were:

  1. Business of the Year 2017, sponsored by the Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce, was won by Waytime Technologies Ltd. The runner-up was Sell Electrical, based in Bookham, and Liquid Productions were commended in the category.

Waytime Technologies is a Leatherhead based IT services and consultancy business that helps other companies sort out their IT.  Established since 2004, the company has clients in all sorts of industries – from manufacturing to accountancy and oil & gas to transport planning.

  1. International Business of the Year, sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, was won by HH Global. The runner-up was Haltermann Carless and Cara Technology was Commended in this category. 

HH Global is an independent company based in Leatherhead that delivers marketing execution for print, packaging and creative services.  The company works with some of the largest and most progressive global brands including Google, HP, HSBC and PepsiCo. Originally formed as a print broker in 1991, following a management buy-out in 2002 by Robert MacMillan, the company has grown significantly.  Today HH Global employs 900+ staff and has offices across Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

  1. Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Prowse & Co. Ltd, was won by Helen Bullen, based in Great Bookham.  The runner-up was Be Kassapian based in Effingham.  Peter Snell was commended in the category. 

A registered Osteopath, Helen Bullen is well known in her profession.  Over the past seven years, Helen has grown her company -  Fine Fettle – to have more than 4,000 clients in seven years.  Fine Fettle is a clinic with 20 part-time Associate Therapists and a team of five reception staff.   As if that isn’t enough, Helen has also set up a coaching and mentoring business which she runs under her own name “Helen Bullen”.   Helen has also been involved in setting up the first Osteopathic degree course in Dublin and was the Vice Principal of the college for three years.  She also trains instructors from the Army, Navy and RAF.    Helen is a committee member of the Bookham Traders Association and regularly gives free talks to charities.

  1. Start Up Business of the Year, sponsored by Mole Valley District Council, was won by First Hand Recruitment.  The runner-up was SMART Business Supplies Ltd and Liquid Gold Whisky Co. Ltd in Ashtead was highly commended.     

Leatherhead based First Hand Recruitment Ltd was founded by Andrew Dunne, who has more than 10 years recruitment experience.  His business recruits skilled technical staff for customers across the UK operating in the areas of Defence, Security & Technical Engineering. His website tells us they ‘connect brilliant people with the most challenging roles’. 

  1. Contribution to the Community Award, sponsored by Exxon Mobil, was won by Bocketts Farm Park.  The runner-up was The Royal British Legion Industries, Leatherhead and B@titude was Highly Commended in this category.

Operating for the past 25 years, Bocketts Farm Park was chosen because of its contribution to the lives of many children in the local community.  A family business, it has become a real attraction in the area, coping with more than 20,000 children visiting it on school trips every year.

  1. Retail/Hospitality Establishment of The Year Award, sponsored by Platinum Business Group, was won by Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead.  The runner-up was Bike Beans Cycle Café and AuBel Chocolates was also commended in this category.  Both are located in Ashtead.

Barton’s Bookshop was established eight and a half years ago.  In his own words, owner Peter Barton says his idea was to “run the style of bookshop that he would like to visit and use – creating the atmosphere of a London club rather than a high-pressured palace of commerce.”  Several times a year, he hosts an open house day for authors and on Sundays, he encourages parents to bring reluctant readers to Barton's to try a selection of hand-picked children’s books.  He adds “I firmly believe that there are no non-readers; it is simply that they haven't found the right book yet.”

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