Best Use of Technology

Winner: nDreams

2nd – Integritie

3rd – Performance in People

Highly Commeded

  • Digits Ltd
  • entrustIT
  • Serious Sports Group

Best Use of Technology award sponsored by Taylor Made Computer Solutions.  This award recognises new technological and innovative ideas in their broadest sense, and champions the role that technology and innovation play in creating successful businesses across the Solent.

We are looking for the business that best demonstrates how a new technical innovation has achieved commercial success for the business, as well as contributed to the economic growth of the region.

The technical innovation must have been developed with a view to creating new commercial opportunities for the business, to increase its profitability, or to exploit a gap in the market and capitalise on it for the benefit of the business.

SME of the Year

Winner: The Yes Yes Company 

2nd – Camps International 

3rd – Performance in People


Highly Commended

  • Catering Equipment Support
  • CMA Recruitment
  • Rooster Creative Marketing

SME of the Year – sponsored by James Cowper KrestonAs a firm of accountants and business advisers dedicated to helping owner-managed/privately-owned businesses achieve their ambitions, James Cowper Kreston is delighted to be sponsoring the SME of the Year Award at the Solent Business Awards 2016.

The SME sector is widely acknowledged as a key driver of the UK economy and we encourage the Solent business community to get involved with this award so we can acknowledge their contribution and recognise their success.

Our sponsored award recognises the significant impact that SME businesses have across the region.

The SME award is open to businesses with a base in the Solent, at least two years old with an annual turnover up to £10 million.

Dynamic Growth

Winner: Aish Technologies

2nd place – The Little Kitchen Company

3rd place – Churchill Retirement Living


Highly Commended

  • Just Develop it
  • Marina Developments Ltd
  • STR Group

Dynamic Growth – sponsored by Pitmans LLP. The Solent is one of the most buoyant regions, boasting some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the UK. It remains the cauldron of the country’s high technology industries, the home of many leisure and property specialists and a base for a wide variety of excellent service and professional organisations.

The Dynamic Growth award is open to every company in the area and recognises those which demonstrate true innovation with the energy and passion for delivering change.

Pitmans, recognised as both the ’Outstanding Performer’ and ’Lawyer of the Year’ at the 2014 Deals Awards, serves clients across the south of England with offices in Southampton, London and Reading. With over 190 fee-earning staff, the firm delivers specialist advice to global brands, corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and investors across a wide range of sectors. Highly ranked in both the major legal guides, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, the firm is dedicated to improving service delivery, customer experience and always seeks to provide commercially astute legal advice that benefits the client for the long-term. Our campaigning, entrepreneurial spirit has and continues to attract the best and brightest people from the UK’s largest and most respected law firms. We provide national expertise, regional leadership and the ability to deliver locally.

Management Team of the Year

Winner: CLC Group

2nd place – Performance in People

3rd place – CV-Library


Highly Commended

  • nDreams
  • Pennyfarthing Homes
  • TNG Consulting Engineers

Management Team of the Year – sponsored by NatWestWe are looking for a management team that can demonstrate a clear and consistent track record of strong leadership, drive and adaptability together with the ability to think and plan ahead.

The judges will be looking for a team that has driven the business forward, implemented significant change or overcome material problems through strong leadership and teamwork.

The management team’s vision and its ability to guide the business through challenging economic conditions will also be a key criteria.

The judges will be looking for success in the following areas:

  • Change management; flexible and pro-active in facing/driving change within the business.
  • Problem solving; strong leadership is apparent at all levels within the business and that this has enabled difficult situations to be overcome.
  • Motivated workforce; effective leadership resulting in an inspired and loyal team or a step change in staff retention.
  • Teambuilding; management have concentrated on building a winning team to implement policy and achieve business objectives.
  • Strategic planning and thinking; clear and focused business planning and strategy has aided trading performance.

“It means everything to our team to receive recognition for these collective efforts.  It’s great to have the management team recognition and for people to be able to read about our success, it’s a real team effort.”  Matt Nicholson, Lakesmere

Quality, driven and inspiring management are critical to the success of any business – particularly within the competitive environment of the Solent region.  This award seeks to recognise the importance of strong leadership and teamwork in achieving business success.

As a local corporate banking team, we work closely with customers and businesses, helping them to achieve their long-term strategic plans. We feel the awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the high calibre of management teams found within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Company of the Year

Winner: Churchill Retirement Living

2nd place – Hoburne Holidays

3rd place – Southampton Airport


Highly Commended

  • Marina Developments Ltd
  • Southern Co-operative
  • Williams & Co

Company of the Year – sponsored by KPMG. To be in the running to be named the Solent region’s premier company, businesses need to demonstrate an outstanding financial track record, with strong sales growth and a commitment to increasing profitability. The winning company is likely to be a leader in its own market with dedication to excellence in products and services and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation.

This year’s KPMG Company of the Year must display the ability to think strategically, keep abreast of new developments both in its own industry and the wider economy and illustrate plans for future growth.

This award recognises the most successful Solent companies with a turnover above £10 million.

Last but not least, it will exhibit a strong commitment to its employees’ needs and aspirations as well as contribution to the county’s environment through sustainable business practices.

The judges will be looking at the following criteria:

  • Excellence in both products and services to customers.
  • Past achievements and future plans.
  • Financial performance.
  • The identification and drive in to new markets.
  • Commitment to the training and development needs of employees.
  • Contribution to enhancing the region’s business reputation and protecting the county’s environment.

“It was a real honour to have been awarded the KPMG Company of the Year in 2015. It was a testament to the dedicated team at R & M and their commitment to continually expand the Company into new territories and markets whilst retaining our ethos of customer service. To have our success formally recognized within the Solent business community was a special moment for us”. Tim Coomer, RM Electrical.

This award recognises the companies that have truly achieved all-round business excellence in terms of financial performance, strategic direction, people, products and services against the continuing backdrop of uncertain economic times. Every year the sheer quality and range of entries we receive makes it more and more difficult for the judges to choose a winner, underlining the wealth of business talent in the region.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Winner: Amey

2nd place – Southern Co-operative

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award celebrates business excellence and innovation in CSR across a broad range of disciplines.  Nominations should cover at least two of the following areas – promotion of employee well-being, reduction of carbon footprint, improving the sustainability of processes in the workplace, community engagement, protection of the natural environment, supply chain, partnership,  leadership and philanthropy.

SMEs and large organisations will be judged not just on the size and impact of the project, but by the resources used within the business in order to deliver it. The Judges will also be looking for good governance, management and a continuing commitment to sustainability.

The winner in this award will be setting new standards of excellence and leading the way for other organisations to follow.

Best Company to Work For

Winner: Just Develop it

2nd place – Performance in People

3rd place – Mayflower Theatre Trust

Highly Commended

  • Digi Toolbox
  • Loadbalancer
  • nDreams

In the Best Company to Work For Award sponsored by The STR Group, a leader in specialist recruitment solutions, we ask what makes your company a great place to work? Is it the location, the offices, the culture, the people, the boss?

The Best Company to Work For Award is open to all businesses across the region. We are seeking entries from both employees and employers – from any size of company, and from any business sector.

If your employer has new and innovative working practices that make your company the best place to work, let us know.

Here are some of the ways your company could be considered a potential winner in the Best Company to Work For Award 2016.

  • Creative working styles
  • Innovative working environment
  • Wide-ranging staff facilities
  • An open, inclusive work culture
  • Strong environmental policies

There are many more ways in which your company might be considered worthy of the title Best Company to Work For Award.