Somerset Chamber

Talk to the team 01823 444924


Tell us your business news

Learn more


Chamber news

DNA Worldwide wins prestigious national business award

Somerset-based company, DNA Worldwide, is celebrating after winning the coveted Small Business of the Year award, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017.

The company was a regional finalist in the Small Business of the Year category at the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Awards and went through to compete for the overall national award against nine other finalists. DNA Worldwide triumphed after being praised by judges for its innovation and customer insight to deliver real value and impact.

Founded in 2004, DNA Worldwide uses state of the art technology to develop a range of new DNA testing services. This includes DNA Legal, which offers the highest quality DNA, drug and alcohol testing for family courts across the country, and Living DNA, which provides its customers with a highly detailed and accurate overview of their ancestry over thousands of years and broken down to 80 regions worldwide.

The company currently has a team of 50 but has ambitious plans to expand to 150 within the next three years.

The Chamber Business Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

David Nicholson, Co-founder and Managing Director of DNA Worldwide, comments:

“It was a true honour to receive the prestigious national chamber of commerce Small Business of the Year award. It confirms the hard work that all the people in the DNA Worldwide family have put in this year and reflects the great feedback we have from clients across the world.

“To know that the purpose of the products and services we offer change the lives of people around the world is one aspect we deeply appreciate about our work. To have that recognised on a national level confirms the importance of purpose, true quality and absolute integrity in business.”

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

“What a phenomenal night for DNA Worldwide and Somerset. This is the first national British Chambers of Commerce award that a Somerset business has won, which has made me and all at Somerset Chamber exceptionally proud. In the 2 years I have known David and Hannah from DNA I have seen the continued development of this cutting-edge company and can only predict further growth and accolades.”

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

“DNA Worldwide is a fantastic example of British business at its best. The company is a leader in innovation and technology, and combines ambition with a strong social impact. It is great to see a company blazing the trail, and creating a global reputation. This award is a recognition of their passion and success, and is well deserved.”

The award, sponsored and presented by Bibby Financial Services, follows a year of success for DNA Worldwide and marks the significant progress the company has made in the last 12 months.

Connect. Influence. Grow.

Join Somerset Chamber of Commerce to give your business a stronger voice both locally, regionally and nationally. Combined with local town chambers, we represent over 2,000 businesses across Somerset with a direct line to policy-makers at all levels.

Discover the benefitsJoin now