The winners of the 2021 Somerset Business Awards were announced this afternoon in the first virtual awards ceremony (Friday, March 26) hosted by BBC journalist and presenter, Claire Carter.
A record number of businesses once again entered the awards and around 1,000 people logged-in to watch the ceremony live online.
The 2021 finalists came from all corners of the county, including Cheddar, Langport, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury, Taunton, North Petherton, Roadwater, Frome, Highbridge, Wellington, Somerton, Baltonsborough, Westonzoyland, Midsomer Norton, Axbridge, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Compton Martin, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Chard.
These were the 16th awards and it was the 11th time local South West-based chartered accountants, tax consultants and financial planners Albert Goodman had been the main sponsor of the event.
Stephen Henagulph (pictured above), Somerset Chamber Chief Executive, said: “I am extremely proud of our county’s businesses and it’s an honour to be able to celebrate the many individual achievements and the outstanding work done by our businesses in these difficult last 12 months.
“Our winners and finalists come from all corners of the county and from a wide range of sectors and industries. Thank you to everyone who entered the awards and thank you to our judges and sponsors who continued to support us and enabled us to make these the biggest and best business awards in Somerset.”
Richard Bugler (pictured left), Managing Partner at Albert Goodman, added: “It’s been a year like no other and many businesses have suffered considerable challenges over the last 12 months.
“It’s been remarkable to see how people have stepped up and coped with all the challenges that have been put in front of them.
“But there have also been opportunities for Somerset businesses and we have seen many taken advantage of new markets, pivot their business and also seek out new products and services. I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, the judges and sponsors and Somerset Chamber for continuing to provide support for businesses in the county.”
The Somerset Business Awards 2021 final can be viewed online here: https://youtu.be/ItySEuxcJJM
The 2021 winners are:
- Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Albert Goodman):
Winner – Musgrove Willows, Westonzoyland
The runners-up were: Bridges Electrical Engineers, Midsomer Norton and Clarity Cleans, Axbridge
- Best Use of Technology (sponsored by Porter Dodson):
Winner – Cardstream, Taunton
The runners-up were: Clerksroom, Taunton and WPA, Taunton
- Small Business of the Year (sponsored by TDA):
Winner – Cognique, Shepton Mallet
The runners-up were: Petruth Paddocks, Cheddar and Harry’s Cider Company Ltd, Langport
- Medium Business of the Year (sponsored by Brook Financial Management):
Winner – Filbert’s Fine Foods, Glastonbury
The runners-up were: Impact Design and Marketing, Taunton and Race At Your Pace Ltd, Taunton
- Large Business of the Year (sponsored by PKF Francis Clark):
Winner – Marston Foods, Frome
The runners-up were: Somerset Larder, North Petherton and Singer Instruments, Roadwater
- Charity of the Year (sponsored by Clarke Willmott):
Winner – Arc, Taunton
The runners-up were: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Wellington and PROMISEworks, Baltonsborough
- Employer of the Year (sponsored by Elite Staffing Solutions):
Winner – WPA, Taunton
The runners-up were: Singer Instruments, Roadwater and Poolbridge Accountancy Ltd, Highbridge
- Investing in Somerset (sponsored by Hinkley Point C):
Winner – Somerset Larder, North Petherton
The runners-up were: HOST Somerset, Bridgwater and The Bridge (Langport), Langport
- Start-up of the Year Award (sponsored by Teapot Creative):
Winner – Kinetic Kitchen, Compton Martin
The runners-up were: Accar Food Commit, Wincanton and Plantside Café, Wellington
- Outstanding Achievement (sponsored by Weston College):
Winner – Aspen Waite, Bridgwater
The runners-up were: David Hutchins Innovation Ltd, Somerton and OTHO, Weston-super-Mare
- Environmental Achievement (sponsored by Gravity)
Winner – James Tobias Ltd, Bridgwater
The runners-up were: C&D South West Ltd, Chard and Sopha, Highbridge
- Service Excellence (sponsored by CETSAT):
Winner – The Castle at Taunton
The runners-up were: Benchmark Project Management, Clevedon and Somerset Early Scans Ltd, Bridgwater
- Somerset Manufacturer and Producer Award (sponsored by Garador)
Winner – Marston Foods, Frome
The runners-up were: Filbert’s Fine Foods, Glastonbury and James Tobias Ltd, Bridgwater
- Outstanding COVID-19 Response (sponsored by Clarks International):
Winner – Cake Box Bakery, Yeovil
The runners-up were: Petruth Paddocks Ltd, Cheddar and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Wellington