ENTREPRENEURS from across the borough came together to celebrate their wins and achievements at this years business awards.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2021 held at the Army Flying Museum in Middle wallop on Thursday November 4 went without a hitch as seven winners collected their trophies.

The categories for this year were Employer of the year, Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, the Innovation and Technology Award, Businesswoman of the Year, Business in the Community and the latest addition to the categories, Cutting your Carbon Footprint presented by the leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Phil North.

Each of the winners of the night were called onto the stage to collect photos and the runners for each category were presented with certificates.

Jane Scarth House, a cancer support service in Romsey, were chosen to be this years Charity of the Year and raised a respectable £1,100 on the night with additional donations made online.

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Sarah Rowcliffe of Jane Scarth House said in her speech on the night: "We're very grateful to have been chosen and are delighted to be here tonight."

"It's been such a difficult 18 months for everybody,. Regrettably, clinical treatments were either cancelled or postponed and people were not able to come together to grieve which was the saddest thing of all. The charity needed to organise and that's what we did. our team worked from home."

The master of ceremonies for the evening was Steve Randall, a radio presenter in Hampshire and guest speaker of the evening was Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes who was chosen for the work she had done throughout the pandemic to support local businesses.

MP Caroline said: "The last 18 months have been phenomenally tough for businesses. believe me, I know it's been tough and I know local businesses we love have ceased training.

"I found out when Tesco couldn't provide flour, Braishfield could. I learned some fantastic entrepreneurs in Test Valley could turn out PPE ahead of Matt Hancock.

"Congratulations to all of you."

The 2021 winners were:

l Innovation and Technology Award: Pudsey Diamond Engineering

l New Business of the Year: Absolar Solutions Ltd

l Small Business of the Year: Absolar Solutions Ltd

l Employer of the Year: CircuitWorx

l Business in the Community: Ironsight Activites

l Businesswoman of the Year: Jo Andrews, The Marketing Collective

l Cutting Your Carbon Footprint - Correct Contract Services Ltd

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