16th April 2016

Wiltshire packaging firm wraps up awards brace

Martin Tedham, managing director of Wasdell Packaging – which supplies contract packaging services to healthcare, pharmaceutical and veterinary markets in Europe – collected the award from Simon Holdsworth, managing partner of returning Overall Excellence sponsors Thrings.

More than 400 entrepreneurs and representatives of organisations from across Wiltshire assembled at Center Parcs Longleat for the awards – now in their 22nd year and organised by Newsquest Wiltshire – which recognise and celebrate business excellence in the county.

Chippenham-based computer software business Bechtle, online property search firm tmgroup and Chippenham Motor Company were all named as runners-up in the Overall Excellence category.

Winning the evening’s most sought-after award crowned a highly-successful night for Wasdell Packaging, with the Blagrove-based firm also picking up the Medium-Sized Enterprise of the Year award.

The evening also saw guests renew acquaintances made at the Wiltshire Business Awards’ 'Meet the Judges' evening – held at Thrings’ offices in Drake’s Meadow last month – where competing individuals and companies had the chance to network and talk to category sponsors.

The full list of last night’s winners:

  • Business Person of the Year - Paul Norbury, Cardwave
  • Customer & Staff Care - Imagine Cruising
  • Medium-Sized Enterprise - Wasdell Packaging Group
  • Services to the Community - Imagine Cruising
  • Small Business – C3 Marketing
  • Start-up Business - SMARTech Energy
  • Apprentice / Training - Chippenham Motor Company
  • Overall Excellence - Wasdell Packaging Group

Simon Holdsworth said: “An almost tangible sense of excitement and anticipation sweeps through the Wiltshire business community each April, and tonight’s awards gives those who have contributed so much to the ongoing growth of our local economy over the past twelve months a well-deserved opportunity to let their hair down.

“This year the judging panel visited more businesses than ever, with companies giving up invaluable time to share important, often sensitive information. These businesses are a credit to Wiltshire – their dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work make a huge contribution to our county’s vitality.

“It’s been another busy and positive year for Wiltshire, a period in which it has reinforced its reputation as a thriving, forward-looking commercial centre. Thrings is immensely proud of its long-term partnership with the Wiltshire Business Awards, and we would like to congratulate all of those whose achievements and successes have been recognised.”

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