The Whitewed Directory Awards 2019...Shortlisters Announced

01 / 11 / 19

We are absolutely delighted to reveal the shortlisted businesses for The Whitewed Directory Awards 2019!

The judges, three highly-respected experts in industry, were hugely impressed by the number and quality of entries, which showed both smart business aptitude and an entrepreneurial spirit that the region should be proud of, and due to the high quality applications, it was difficult to select the finalists. The judging panel comprised of three highly respected industry professionals:

Sara Tye, award winning, top 500 international PR, business and organisational development expert and serial entrepreneur, Ian Larrard, Director of Business West in Swindon and Wiltshire, and Emma Richards, Director of Sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon.

It was amazing to see such drive, passion and variety from The Whitewed Directory members, and the judges now face the unenviable task of choosing a winner in each category!

The three categories in which members nominated themselves and were judged were as follows: Business of the Year 2019, Most Inspiring Person of the Year 2019, and Start-up Business of the Year 2019.

In addition, Whitewed Directory members had the opportunity to vote for their favourite member, and so we are delighted to have the final results in for the Peers Award 2019. Votes came in based on how their peers had worked with them on many occasions and love their work, how they've overcome adversity and admire their strength and business.

Finally, and new for 2019, the Director's Award 2019; Natalie Lovett, Director of The Whitewed Directory has selected Whitewed approved businesses who have been outstanding for a series of reasons - maybe they been a real Whitewed advocate and embraced everything Whitewed has to offer, perhaps they have made a real difference to the local industry or had an amazing year of growth / development.

So without further ado, our huge congratulations go to:


Business of the Year 2019

The Whitewed Directory 'Business of the Year' recognises the business that has provided a service that stands out for its excellence and attention to detail. The finalists are:-
George Goes Out
Kimmi's Cakes
Natalie Jolley Photography

Start-up Business of the Year 2019

In the 'Start-up Business of the Year' category, judges looked for start-up businesses with the most innovative service/product combined with strong turnover growth. The finalists are:-
Holly Robinson Jewellery
MK Hair & Makeup
Willoughby & Wolf


Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year 2019

The 'Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year' category recognises the inspirational stories from individuals who exceeded expectations. The finalists are:-
Fluffy Puffin
MK Hair & Makeup
The Prosecco Party

The Peers Award 2019

The 'Peers Award' celebrates camaraderie between The Whitewed Directory members. Over the last 5 years, The Whitewed Directory members base has grown, and so have the relationships within it. Many members recommend each other and are often delighted to find out they will be working with each other, as they know they’ll be working alongside a professional and quality peer. This award allowed Whitewed members to nominate their favourite! The finalists are:-
Cakes by Mrs F
Holly Robinson Jewellery
Wendy House Flowers

The Director's Award 2019

A new award for 2019, The 'Director's Award' is where Natalie Lovett, Director of The Whitewed Directory has selected Whitewed approved businesses who have had an outstanding year, they have been a real Whitewed advocate and embraced everything Whitewed has to offer, they have made a real difference to the local industry and had an amazing year of growth / development. The finalists are:-
Cakes by Mrs F
Corky & Prince
Holly Robinson Jewellery
Willoughby & Wolf


Director of The Whitewed Directory, Natalie Lovett, said "The quality of the entries impressed the judges immensely by demonstrating business acumen, knowledge within their sector and a determination to succeed. There are so many deserving winners and it was a tough choice to select just a few finalists per category. We would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who entered and congratulations and good luck to all those who made the shortlist. We can't wait for the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony sponsored by, and held at DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon on 6th February 2020."

We would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL those businesses that entered, all entries were of a super high standard and we wish we could have awarded every entry.

You can check out all our finalists on our directory, they really are the creme de la creme of the region!