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Accolade for Somerset business at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

DNA Worldwide Group, a drug and alcohol testing company from Frome, has been crowned one of the winners in the Southern heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.

The Small Business of the Year winner, DNA, will now go forward to represent the Southern region in the national finals, which take place in London in November.

DNA Worldwide is committed to providing DNA, Drug & Alcohol Testing with personal care and true integrity. DNA Worldwide have developed the UK’s most advanced testing platform covering DNA, Drug, Alcohol and Forensic services.


Hannah Morden-Nicholson, Co-founder at DNA Worldwide Group, said:

“The purpose of DNA Worldwide Group is to bring truth and inspire change, whilst raising the quality and standards of the whole industry. We deal with families day in day out, and to them, our role is to present the facts, be it through the results of a drug and alcohol test or by showing how we are all connected through our ancestry test.

“We put people and relationships first, and this award is an amazing confirmation of the whole business working together for a common purpose. It is an honour to receive such an award and help raise awareness of smaller businesses across the UK.”


Dale Edwards, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce said:

“On behalf of all at Somerset Chamber, I would like to congratulate the DNA team in this prestigious achievement.

“DNA have continued to develop and grow at a considerable and sustainable rate over the last few years, showing no signs of slowing down. With a focus on integrity, people and re-investment, it is exceptionally pleasing that in 2017 they recruited six apprentices, which is 15% of their staffing.

“I look forward to seeing DNA continue to set an example as a beacon within the Somerset business community.”


The Award was sponsored by fellow Somerset Chamber member, Bibby Financial Services. Adam Park was a judge in the awards process.


Adam Park, Head of UK Marketing at Bibby Financial Services says;

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the commitment, innovation and contribution small and medium sized businesses make to the UK, so we’re delighted to sponsor the Small Business of the Year Award 2017.

“As one of the UK’s largest independent funding specialists, we work with SME across 300 different industry sectors, so it is great to be part of this fantastic occasion and to recognise the country’s leading small businesses.

“DNA stood out given their impressive commercial performance, coupled with driving innovation through cutting edge technology – as well as having a genuine social purpose at the core of their business’’.


Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the UK economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth.

“Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work.

“The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

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