We are absolutely delighted to reveal the winning businesses of The Whitewed Directory Awards 2019, announced at our awards ceremony held this evening, Thursday 6th February 2020!
The judges, three highly-respected business leaders, were hugely impressed by the number and quality of entries, which showed both smart business aptitude and an entrepreneurial spirit, and due to the high quality applications, it was difficult to select the winners.
It was amazing to see such drive, passion and variety from The Whitewed Directory members, and the judges had the unenviable task of choosing a winner in each category.
The three categories in which members nominated themselves and were judged by our judging panel, were as follows: Business of the Year 2019, Start-up Business of the Year 2019, Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year 2019.
The Peers Award 2019 winner is voted for by the Whitewed Directory members. Perhaps they've worked with them on many occasions and admire their work, maybe they've overcome adversity and they admire their strength, perhaps they cheer on their fellow members and work together really well.
Finally, The Director's Award 2019. This is where my team and I selected Whitewed members that have been outstanding and amazing all year! They have gained outstanding achievements, been a real Whitewed advocate and embraced everything that Whitewed has to offer, and have made a real difference to those around them.
So without further ado, our huge congratulations go to:
Business of the Year 2019 Winner: George Goes Out
Start-up Business of the Year 2019 Winner: MK Hair & Makeup
Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year 2019 Winner: Fluffy Puffin
The Peers Award 2019 Winner: Wendy House Flowers
The Director's Award 2019 Winner: Holly Robinson Jewellery
The Director's Award 2019 Winner: Willoughby & Wolf
We are so thrilled for our 6 Whitewed Award winners, they beat off stiff competition as the standard of entries was so very high. To win is a great accolade. Congratulations too, to those companies who made the shortlist, a great achievement in itself due to the extremely high standard of all entries and votes.
The Whitewed Directory Awards are a feat to put together, and we would like to give our big thanks to the following people who have made them happen:
Firstly, thank you to Adam, Emma, Nikoleta and the team at DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon for sponsoring the awards ceremony and being our wonderful hosts.
To Luke Kaye of Skywalkers, who has provided our music entertainment and sound for this evening.
To Nisha & Usha Karadavra of Niche Events for dressing the awards ceremony so beautifully.
To Tash of The Little Photo Company for capturing the awards ceremony – we’ll be sharing their images very soon!
To Shirley Ludford for being our inspirational speaker tonight.
To our judges, all of which are highly respected industry professionals: Sara Tye, Emma Richards and Ian Larrard, who have given up their time to go through an amazing quality of entries and choose their winners with difficulty!
…and of course, to everyone who came and celebrated with us this tonight!
All of us at Whitewed would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered and offer our congratulations to the winners. 2020's Awards will be launched later in the year, and here's to them being even bigger!
Natalie Lovett: Director of The Whitewed Directory