Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards

Welcome to the Annual Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards 2012, organised in partnership by Northamptonshire Newspapers Limited, in association with the Northamptonshire Chamber and in partnership with Carlsberg UK

Firmly established as a highlight of the Northamptonshire business calendar, the Awards, now in their 22nd year will once again celebrate successful Northamptonshire companies and individuals, and offer an excellent opportunity for all business sectors to meet, be inspired and showcase their achievements to their peers.

This year sees 12 category awards on offer, each celebrating and recognising business success across Northamptonshire. All short listed companies will attend the Gala Dinner and Awards presentation with a celebrity host on Thursday 15th November at the Daventry Court Hotel, where the winners will be revealed and each receive a crystal trophy of the finest quality and certificate.

Without sponsors, this very special event would not be possible. So we would like to thank the companies that have come on board already, in support of this prestigious and highly profiled business event. Click on the logos below to visit their websites.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership # RS Components #
# # # St Andrews Healthcare
# RS Components Big Trophy Shop #
Layla Beaumont Cakes

The Venue

We are delighted to be holding this year’s Business Excellence Awards presentation evening at the delightful 4star plus Daventry Court Hotel.

Hotel Front

This venue offers comfort and luxury in elegant surroundings with 156 rooms. Swimming pool and spa area plus an on-site beauty and hair salon.

As an event sponsor, finalist or guest, the hotel is offering exclusively to you:

  • Reduced overnight stay rates and free use of the swimming pool and spa area.

Daventry Court Hotel

Sedgemoor Way, Daventry
Northamptonshire NN11 0SG
Tel: 01327 307000

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The Host

Patrick Monahan

Celebrity Host Funny and adorable Irish/Iranian/Teessider comedian Patrick Monahan knows how to work a room and engage an audience with a strongly skilled blend of ad lib banter and stand up.

Patrick has worked his way up the comedy circuit ladder and is now a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs. He has performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for a number of years at the Gilded Balloon. Patrick has spent the last 2 years developing his theatre touring shows and in the past year he has toured the UK as well as performed a run at the Adelaide Comedy Festival (2011) with his family show and also an evening stand up show.

Due to his extremely clean and highly accessible material Patrick has developed a solid footing on the Corporate Circuit as an After Dinner speaker as well as a Awards Host. Patrick’s TV appearances over the years have included The Comedy Store (Paramount Comedy Channel), That’s So Last Week (Zig/Zag/Five), Mervyn Bragg’s Travels In Written Britain (ITV), Comedy Decades, (BBC), Comedy map Of Britain (BBC), Playing Away (Tyne Tees/ITV Presenter of Travel Series), Most Annoying...(various), (BBC), Sorcerer’s Apprentice (CBBC), Mega Melai (BBC2).

Patrick has a wealth of TV studio warm up experience which covers both live and pre-recorded productions. As resident studio warm up Artiste for a number of seasons on ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ (C4) Patrick also appeared on numerous occasions in front of the camera hosting mock quizes, modelling false bums and finally as a guest on the sofa!

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Ceremony 2011

Presentation Ceremony

7pm-1am, Thursday 15th November
Daventry Court Hotel in Daventry

Tickets £85+Vat each
(inc donation to Charity) Tables of 12 available

The evening includes:

  • 7:00 - Chocolate Fountain & Champagne reception
  • 7:45 - Three course Meal followed by coffee and mints
  • 9:00 - After Dinner Speaker (tbc)
  • 9:30 - Awards Ceremony
  • 10:30 - Charity auction and raffle in aid of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
  • 11:30 - Disco until 1am
  • 1:00 - Carriages


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Categories and Entry Forms

Select an awards category from the dropdown menu below, to view the criteria that the judges will be looking for, and also download the entry form and criteria sheet for all categories


1. Northamptonshire Enterprising Organisation of the Year - sponsored by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

An organisation or group which embraces an ‘enterprising culture’ and can provide results of successes due to a positive attitude towards ‘enterprise’. This category is open to any enterprising organisation, group or scheme and we welcome applicants from organisations, community groups, new enterprise, social enterprise etc

Please indicate at the beginning of your entry if you are entering the Social or Commercial section

  • Last Year’s Non-Commercial winner: Wren Spinney Community Special School
  • Last Year’s Commercial winner: Moulton College

2. Business of the Year (Under 50 Employees) - Sponsored by ...

A business that has demonstrated an overall outstanding performance, embracing many of the elements from the other categories. The business will reveal vision, accomplishment and skills through dedication, focus, training & development and innovation.

  • Last Year’s winner: Full Support Healthcare Ltd

3. Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees) - Sponsored by ...

A business that has demonstrated an overall outstanding performance, embracing many of the elements from the other categories. The business will reveal vision, accomplishment and skills through dedication, focus, training & development and innovation.

  • Last Year’s winner: RS Components

4. Community Investment Award - Sponsored by ...

A proud Northamptonshire based company planning continued growth. Has demonstrated commitment to the community through donations and or fund-raising. Positive attitude towards minority group recruitment processes.

  • Last Year’s winner: RS Components

5. New Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by ...

A business that was established no less than 2 years ago. A company that can demonstrate their understanding of their market place and customers and is also innovative in the company’s business practices.

  • Last Year's winner: Intexion Storage Solutions

6. Environmental Award - Sponsored by ...

A business that has a very strong environmentally friendly ethos. That has incorporated and raised awareness of environmental issues to staff, customers and suppliers alike. Is socially aware and has made great contributions for the better of the community.

  • Last Year’s winner: Wicksteed Playscapes Ltd

7. Creative Business of the Year - Sponsored by ...

The aim of this award is to recognise and celebrate the very best creative work in the county. This embraces design, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

  • Last Year’s winner: Aurora Computer Services
St Andrew's Healthcare

8. Training & Development Award - Sponsored by St Andrew's Healthcare

A company that has made a significant investment in the development of their people. From initial induction training for new staff through to developing the skills and talents of their people with on-going training.

  • Last Year’s winner: ACS Office Solutions

9. Customer Service Award - Sponsored by ...

A business that is totally committed to the satisfaction of it’s customers. Can demonstrate practices in place to measure customer satisfaction and act on.

  • Last Year’s winner: Wicksteed Playscapes

10. International Trader of the Year - Sponsored by ...

A company that confi dently operates on a European or worldwide basis. The company may either be based-only in Northamptonshire or have branches/sites through Europe/World. A company that has grown from trading locally to successfully trading internationally.

  • Last Year’s winner: RS Components
The Big Trophy Shop

11. Unsung Employee of the Year - Sponsored by The Big Trophy Shop

Open to employees to nominate one or more individuals or a team from their organisation. An employee who you feel should be recognised for their commitment and dedication to the business, colleagues and community. Someone who goes ‘that extra mile’

  • Last Year’s winner: Katie Fowler and Jessica Ferdham, Starting Off

12. Apprentice Business of the Year - Sponsored by ...

A commercial or non-commercial organisation that offers apprenticeship schemes and can present details of these schemes and their successes.

  • Last Year’s winners: Starting Off

Click here to enter via our online form now!

Download the Categories and Critera Pack which you can use as a guide for your entry.

For further tips and hints on preparation and application read our online 'Power Tips' pack.

The closing date for all entries is Friday 12th Oct 2012.

If you have any questions please call contact the Event Team on 01536 506123
or email

Headline Sponsor: Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg UK is one of the larget brewers in the UK based in the award winning Northampton brewery and employs over 1,700 people nationwide.

Carlsberg UK now have arguably the most exciting portfolio of brands in the UK with 3 of the top 5 fastest growing lager brands**.

Our industry leading support package which is available on has seen over £500,000 invested.

Carlsberg UK

The number and size of customers choosing to stock our brands inrecent years has been phenomenal. Our business partners now include Greene King, Marstons, JD Wetherspoons, Barracuda and NUS to name a few.

We are backed by more than 150 years of Danish heritage and the UK has a long standing thrist for brewing, having seen Carlsberg originally imported to the UK in the 1860's.

As a global brewer we have an array of out own brands which includes 3 of the top 7 lagers in Europe* and this is growing annually as we introduce new brands from countires and breweries around the world.

We are the only brewer outperforming the market in Managed, Leased, Tenanted and Free Trade, having invested significantly in the On-Trade over recent years.**

*source - Canadean Beer Report, Published 2010 **Source - CGA Brand Index P11 2010

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Entry Pack

Entry Pack

Contains general information about the awards, how to enter and all the categories.

Click here to view the entry pack online.

Sponsorship Pack

Sponsorship Pack

Contains information about the Awards Ceremony, guest host and charity, as well as details of our sponsorship package, benefits and booking form.

Click here to view the sponsorship pack online.

Power tips Pack

Power Tips Pack

Contains Includes tips and hints on preparation and application, what makes a winning entry, what happens if you win and post awards promotion.

Click here to read tips on how to win the awards.

Entry Guidelines

Main Sponsor and Category sponsors are not eligible to enter their own category, but are able to enter any other category. Your organisation or individuals within your company may enter all relevant categories, however if we feel your application is unsuitable, you will be contacted to discuss the eligibility of your application.

If you are nominating a company or an individual, please check they are happy about your nomination first, as this will prevent misunderstandings at a later date.

You may send a maximum of 4 sets of documentation to support your written submission. This can be combinations of: accounts, press cuttings, survey results, images or brochures.

Supporting documentation must be relevant to the 12 months proceeding September 2012 and any financial evidence should be solely based on the most recent published 'Set of accounts'.

All finalists must agree to take part in the publicity, and must be available for a photograph and video filming at your place of work and give all consents necessary for the reproduction, exhibition, transmission, broadcast and exploitation of the material without a time limit worldwide and by all means and media without liability or acknowledgement to you. You agree that Northamptonshire Newspapers and Business Awards partners (those involved in the judging and filming processes) shall be entitled to cut and edit recordings as deemed fit and necessary. Video filming is scheduled to commence w/c 22nd October 2012.

All entrants must agree to appear within the 'Good luck' supplement published prior to the event.

Winner's will be featured in the post-event supplement.

A minimum of two representatives will need to attend the presentation evening, and you will need to purchase a minimum of two tickets. Ticket price £85+vat. Additional tickets may be purchased. Maximum of 12 guests per table.

Northamptonshire Newspapers are not involved in the selection process for finalists or winners. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants.

Winners will be announced at the presentation evening on Thursday 15th November 2012 at the Daventry Court Hotel, Daventry.



Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) was established in 2003 and exists to provide a HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) to the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and the Milton Keynes area. Our service does not simply transport patients to the nearest hospital. Our service routinely carries senior Doctors and Consultants to the scene of incidents in just minutes, providing lifesaving treatment and medication at the scene and en-route to hospital. Our Air Ambulance takes the hospital to the patient, providing the best possible chance of a full recovery.

WNAA is one of very few services outside London to routinely carry a Doctor on board. Our primary response area is the 2000 square miles of Coventry, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and some of the key border areas like Market Harborough, Banbury and Solihull. We also help out our neighbours under a mutual aid agreement in Birmingham, the West Midlands, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The service has 15 Doctors, 15 Paramedics & 6 Pilots who service a population of around 1.2 million people. Based at Coventry Airport, in the five years it has been operating, it has flown over 7000 missions. With an ever-increasing callout rate of between 120 and 150 per month, WNAA is the busiest air ambulance in the UK.

No Government or National Lottery Funding!

WNAA is a registered charity and relies totally on public donations, fundraising activities and sponsorship. The average cost per mission is around £1400 and the annual basic running cost of the service is over £1.7 million. Currently only able to operate in daylight hours due to the restrictive leasing costs of flying at night, WNAA aims to become the first service in the UK to operate 24 hours per day.

It is your local air ambulance, please support it. Visit for more details.

Business Excellence Awards 2011

Awards 2011

Last years Northamptonshire Business Awards were hosted by Tom O’Connor and as usual was a glittering affair. Sponsors, finalists and organisers were treated to a champagne and chocolate fountain reception, followed by a fantastic three-course meal with wine and entertained fsbefore the awards presentation. This was then followed by a charity auction and raffle for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Those with energy to burn enjoyed a disco to polish off a great evening of excellence.

  • New Business of the Year - Intexion Storage Solutions
  • Training and Development Award - ACS Office Solutions
  • Creative Business of the Year - Aurora Computer Services
  • International Trader of the Year - RS Components
  • Environmental Award - Wicksteed Playscapes Ltd
  • Apprenticeship Business of the Year - Starting Off
  • Unsung Employee of the Year - Katie Fowler and Jessica Ferdham, Starting Off
  • Community Investment Award - RS Components
  • Customer Service Award - Wicksteed Playscapes
  • Business of the Year (Under 50 employees) - Full Support Healthcare Ltd (Over 50 employees) - RS Components
  • Business Choice Award - RS Components
  • Enterprising Business of the Year Non-commercial - Wren Spinney Community School
  • Enterprising Business of the Year commercial - Moulton College

Awards Ceremony 2011 Gallery

Click here to view a photo gallery of last year's awards evening.