Bath-based engineering consultancy BuroHappold saw off competition from financial advisors, Epoch Wealth Management, and boutique hoteliers, The Kaleidoscope Collection, to take home the prestigious Business of the Year title at last night’s Bath Business Awards.
The company, which opened its first office in 1976 in the city, currently operates in 23 locations across four continents, with the support of more than 1,800 staff.
Winning the evening’s premier award – sponsored by Thrings – capped a highly-successful evening for BuroHappold, with the company also being judged the Best Place to Work.
Elsewhere, Jo Hall, executive director of the Bath Racecourse – which hosted last night’s gala event – was named Business Person of the Year, while property businessman Trevor Osborne was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commercial successes and support of the arts over the past four decades.
The full list of winners:
Business of the Year – BuroHappold
Best Marketing Campaign of the Year - SouthGate Bath
Best Place to Work – BuroHappold
Business Person of the Year Award – Jo Hall, Bath Racecourse,
Contribution to the Community - Andrew Taylor, Running High Events Ltd
Customer Service Award - Villa Magdala
Environmental Business of the Year - Park Lane Press Limited
Innovative Start up Business - Joining Forces Training
Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year Award - The Abbey Hotel
Retailer of the Year - Moss of Bath
Small Business of the Year - Red Central Ltd
Training and Development Award - Rotork Plc
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Edward Hodges, Joining Forces Training
Lifetime Achievement - Trevor Osborne
Now in their sixth year and run by the Bath Chronicle, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and commercial successes of individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations from Bath and the surrounding area over the previous year.
Simon Holdsworth, managing partner of headline sponsors Thrings, said: “This year’s awards have attracted entries from entrepreneurs and businesses operating in a diverse range of industry sectors, and Thrings would like to congratulate all of those whose efforts and hard work have been recognised.
“As a business community and as individual organisations, we have ambitions to fulfil and challenges to face. It’s often said that success breeds success and I hope we can build on the successes we are celebrating this evening and, over the coming months, not lose the sense of optimism that is evident in this room.
“Thrings is very pleased to be throwing its weight behind the Bath Business Awards once again, and to be supporting an event which recognises the continuing excellence of the city’s companies and celebrates it as a great place to work and do business.”
For more information on the 2016 Bath Business Awards, please visit www.bathchronicle.co.uk/businessawards.
Photos from last night’s gala event will be uploaded here shortly.