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About South Holland Business Awards

The South Holland Business Awards were designed to recognise and reward outstanding business in the South Holland area (Lincolnshire).

From 2013 to now, the awards have grown significantly and gained huge interest from businesses from across the area. 2016 marked its biggest event to date with over 200 professionals attending and more applicants than ever, and this year’s event promises to be more spectacular than the last.

The awards celebrate excellence in eight different categories, and is also a premier networking opportunity for the whole business community and everyone who works in it.

The awards celebrate excellence in eight different categories, and is also a premier networking opportunity for the whole business community and everyone who works in it.

The awards are hosted by Spalding and District Area Chamber, which is part of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

Details regarding the 2017 event are coming soon.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce spoke of the awards saying:

This year the awards has gone from strength to strength thanks to the help of a brand new South Holland Business Award website, and a strong team of sponsors who helped make this year’s event a sell out one. The Chamber are delighted to be representing all the shortlisted businesses and finalists this year and are excited to be here with them and helping them celebrate.

Also commenting on the success of the awards was Joe Verde, CEO of PSP IT who were this year’s headline sponsor. Joe Said:

The South Holland Business Awards manages to become bigger and better each year thanks to the support of local sponsors. This year it is most encouraging to see different faces and industries participating, and as local business continues to thrive we hope this will continue. PSP are delighted to be attending the South Holland Business Awards again this year especially as it coincides with the official launch of our newly completed Executive Conference and Training Centre. This new flagship facility will be a welcome benefit to the local business community as it showcases technology and comfort without the need to travel further afield. It has been a pleasure to be the SHBA headline sponsor for 2016 and to recognise excellence in local business.

headline sponsor

psp it design and development

For the third year running, Spalding and District Area Chamber would like to welcome PSP IT as headline sponsors of the South Holland Business Awards 2017. PSP are thrilled to be the headline sponsor of this year’s South Holland Business Awards. As a full service IT design and development house, accredited as a Microsoft Silver Application Development partner based in Spalding, it’s exciting to be connected with an event celebrating local businesses. PSP have an experienced team of skilled programmers conversant in the latest development technologies, as well as their own in-house design team. PSP services include:

Entering the Awards

The South Holland Business Awards, gives you the opportunity to be recognised for your business successes.

The awards are open to both members of the Chamber and non-members (entry criteria applies) and are free to enter. Winners and runners up can benefit from local and countywide press coverage, as well as marketing and promotional activity through the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

Have a look at the award categories this year and pick out an award, or several, which you want to enter yourself or company for. You can only enter a maximum of three awards.

Sponsor the Awards

We're looking for sponsors who share our passion for celebrating excellence in South Holland.

With a pre-awards marketing programme, plus demand for a sell-out evening award ceremony and PR opportunities, make sure you're seen at this leading industry event.

Join Us In Our Next Awards Evening

The next South Holland Business Awards will be held on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

The Chamber are looking for sponsors who share our passion for celebrating excellence in South Holland.

We have lots to offer our sponsors including marketing and PR opportunities from a sell-out event which will include space in our monthly magazine, social media and Chamber website.

Sponsoring an event is a high effective way of getting your business seen.

As An Awards Category Sponsor You Will Recieve:

Individual award category sponsors£450 + vat

  • Two free tickets for the Awards’ Ceremony
  • Full A5 back page dedicated to your organisation to include logo and any key messages on the printed programme, distributed to all delegates attending the awards’ ceremony
  • Copy of the guest list and seating plan three days before the event, to plan your networking activity
  • General networking opportunities with potential customers and stakeholders
  • Your business logo included in the award’s electronic presentation slides
  • Production of a sponsor’s toolkit that you can use to show your support of the awards including:
    • Email signature badge
    • Website badges
  • Profile on the South Holland Business Awards website
  • Included in press release schedule
  • Social media activity
  • Coverage on the Lincolnshire Chamber online news pages
  • Mentions in Lincolnshire Chamber member’s eNewsletters (1,000 businesses)
  • Coverage in Lincolnshire Chamber’s member magazine Chamber Business Matters, which is distributed inside Lincolnshire Media’s The Business supplement (34,000 circulation)

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Apprentice of the Year Award

The awards will showcase and celebrate the achievements of those learners who have exceeded expectations and shown a dynamic approach to training.

Business Person of the Year Award

This award will go to an individual who has been instrumental in the success of a business and for their total commitment to the enhancement of business life in South Holland.

2017 WINNER: Lee Smalley - Worldwide Fruit Ltd
2017 WINNER: Muzna Butt - Gousto

Supporting the Community Award

This award is open to companies, organisations and social enterprises. It is intended to recognise organisations which are making a contribution to the community in which they operate.

Customer Care Award

This award will be made to the company that demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving its standards of customer care.

2017 WINNER: Bakkavor
2017 WINNER: The Moorings

Business Innovation of the Year Award

This award will go to the company that has introduced a new product or process, invention, idea or design that has made a significant contribution to the business.

New/Small Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that has increased its profitability and potential over the last financial year. The size and age of such an enterprise will be considered against financial performance.

2017 WINNER: Chain Bridge Forge
2017 WINNER: Paul Lawrence Plumbing and Heating Services

Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that has not only increased its own profitability and potential but has also had a positive impact on the economy of the region as a whole.

2017 WINNER: Wellend Power

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The Return of the South Holland Business Awards 2017.

17th July 2017

Local businesses can now start looking forward to one of the Chambers biggest events of the year. The South Holland Business Awards are back with a bang and are taking place this year on the 23 November at Springfields Conference & Events Centre in Spalding.

The awards which are now in its 5th year running are set to be even bigger than last years which saw over 200 guests in attendance.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce caught up with all four of the 2016 apprentice winners to see what winning meant for them, if they would do it all again and what they thought about going to their first award ceremony in Spalding.

Kirsty Buffham, Energy Broker Administrator from Fairnet Commercial Services said:

“Since winning this award, I have taken on more responsibilities within Fairnet Commercial Services, and more clients are willing to pass queries through to me because I am a more recognized member of the team.

“It clearly shows starting as an apprentice can get you somewhere as I have been working for Fairnet Commercial Services for over two years now”.

“Representing Fairnet Commercial Services at the Business Awards was an honor as it is a great business to work for”.

The awards are open to both members and non-members of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. All guests will be treated to a three course meal and drinks reception, which will be followed by live entertainment, guest speakers and of course the award ceremony itself.

Speaking about the atmosphere and entertainment on the night, Jacques Ripley from Maples Solicitors, another apprentice winner said:

“The evening was organised and presented brilliantly with the venue looking outstanding.

“The singing Waiting Staff were an excellent touch to the evening and the guest speakers gave very interesting talks.

“It was very rewarding for me personally to win this award as it gave me a sense of achievement and it’s all thanks to Maples. It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the business community in such a wonderful, thriving town.

“Winning this award has given me more motivation to develop my skills and be more confident with the responsibilities I am given by my employers. As a result of being successful with the Apprentice of the Year award, I feel my maturity has also grown within the workplace.

“Furthermore, it was nice to see the hard work I put into the apprenticeship course paid off, and celebrating it with Maples was an added bonus”.

Nicole Sleaford from Infotel Solutions who also won the apprentice award gave her thoughts on winning saying:

“I was really excited to have been given the opportunity to kick-start my marketing career via an apprenticeship working with Infotel Solutions. To have had my work recognised with the award was a really proud moment and a great achievement.

“Winning completely reinforced the benefits of an apprenticeship.

“Infotel Solutions has always been really supportive and winning the award definitely gave me an extra boost of confidence and motivation.

“It has also inspired me to keep on learning while I’m working because I see the benefits of increasing my skills and knowledge”.

The final apprentice winner, Lisa Wright who is now a Clerical Assistant at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing College of Science also spoke to the Chamber about her increased confidence since winning the award saying:

“Winning the award meant a lot to me as it was my colleagues who nominated me, and knowing they believed I deserved to be nominated was a huge boost to my self-confidence.

“Winning the award was very flattering and it helped me to appreciate what I had achieved having worked at the University for just over a year at that time”.

Speaking about awards ceremony, Lisa said:

“I had never been at an event like the awards before so I had no idea what to expect, but it was a really fun and relaxed evening which myself and my colleagues all enjoyed.

“If there is an opportunity in the future for me to put a colleague forward for a similar award, I will gladly do so - knowing how much it meant to me and with the hope that I can do the same for someone else”.

With a sell-out event last year, the Chamber are gearing up for another huge ceremony which recognises the spirit of the business community in Spalding.

The South Holland business community has a lot to celebrate and the Chamber are encouraging local businesses to enter for their chance to win one of the prestigious awards.

There are seven award categories in total which include:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business Person of the year
  • Supporting the Community Award
  • Customer Care Award
  • Business Innovation of the Year Award
  • New/Small Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year

Tickets for this event cost just £32.50 for members and £42.50 for non-members or businesses will receive a 10% discount when booking a table of ten. This is priced at just £300+ VAT for members and £400+ VAT for non-members.

For more information and an application just go to

Or, to book now, just call the Chamber on 01522 523333 or

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7 reasons to enter the South Holland business awards.

17th July 2017

By Chloe Aldred – PR Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce

Entries are now open for the South Holland Business Awards on Thursday 23rd November, and local businesses are gearing up for yet another fantastic celebration.

The awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and innovation being carried out in the South Holland business community and last year, over 200 guests were in attendance and dressed to the nines for the biggest sell out event to date – all organised by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

So if you’re a business operating in the South Holland area and haven’t thought about entering for an award this year, well here’s a few reasons why you should give it some serious thought.

  1. Increased confidence and motivation - “Winning the award definitely gave me an extra boost of confidence and motivation” – a quote from last year’s Apprentice of the Year award Nicole Sleaford from Infotel Solutions. Winning an award as special as this will create a buzz among employees and give everyone a better sense of confidence which can only lead to positivity, productivity and happiness in the workplace.
  2. FREE PR & Marketing - All entrants will automatically receive free PR services from the Chamber of Commerce. This will include featuring in our monthly e-shots (sent to our whole member database), being included in our monthly Chamber Matters magazine which sits inside the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper, getting mentioned in the news section on our website and our monthly news columns which are sent to the Spalding Guardian (yes, get seen on this page).
  3. Opportunity to attend a high business profile event - The South Holland Business Awards are one of the most popular business events to happen in Spalding and it only comes around once a year. Therefore it’s a great opportunity to get your business seen and heard, whether that’s through entering an award, sponsoring a category or coming along for the three course meal.
  4. Access to other like-minded businesses - Have you ever met or even socialised with your business neighbours? The South Holland Business Awards provide the perfect setting to get to know your peers outside the office environment, over food, wine and live entertainment. A nice ice-breaker and a very memorable way to meet people.
  5. Show customers and clients what you’re made of - Do you ever feel like your business could do with some extra recognition? After all, you work hard all week long so why not just go for it. Winning an award provides an extra level of credibility, it’s a nice touch on the end of an email signature or even as a pop out box on your website. It gives customers confidence in your product/service and builds instant trust between you and your target audience.
  6. Awards can set you apart from other similar businesses including your competitors - It creates a real selling point for your business helping you stand out from the crowd, and it really is something to brag about. Also, why not proudly display the award in your reception/office area ensuring it’s the first thing clients see when they walk into your establishment.
  7. A night out for the team - Once the summer holidays are over, it’s nice to have an in-between event during the build up to Christmas – keeping spirits high and getting everyone excited. It’s something fun that the whole team can look forward to.

Winning a business award and becoming a finalist has innumerable benefits, so enter today for your chance to win and be part of something big in your local community.

Applications can be downloaded from the website at

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Business Person of the year
  • Supporting the Community Award
  • Customer Care Award
  • Business Innovation of the Year Award
  • New/Small Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year

Tickets are just £32.50+VAT for Chamber members and £42.50+VAT for non-members. Tables of ten can also be booked at a 10% discounted rate.

The Chamber look forward to seeing you at the Springfield’s Conference and Events Centre in November for the awards dinner and ceremony.

Best of luck!

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Who is sponsoring this year’s South Holland Business Awards?

22nd August 2017

Sponsor opportunities have almost completely gone for the South Holland Business Awards happening this November on Thursday 23 at Springfields Event & Conference Centre in Spalding.

Duncan & Toplis are sponsoring the Business Innovation of the Year category and said;

“We had no hesitation in agreeing to once again sponsor the Business Innovation category at these awards.

“It has been a busy year for businesses in the area and it’s fantastic to see them being recognised for their achievements.

“At Duncan & Toplis we continue to provide a full range of services covering everything a business needs to keep it on the right financial track. 

“Innovation is going to be key for the future prosperity of the area and is being supported by various tax reliefs that have proved very valuable to many of our clients.”

University Academy Holbeach are sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year category which last year went out to not one but four winners.

The Academy spoke about sponsoring this exciting category saying;

“University Academy Holbeach is proud to once again sponsor the award for Apprentice of the Year.

“We have been a part of the national drive to promote apprenticeships since we became the first school in the Country to have its own contract in 2009.

“The Academy offers apprenticeships at levels 2 and 3 in 14 different frameworks. We are delighted to work with a variety of local companies and have been pleased to support many small businesses through their apprenticeship journey.

“Without a doubt, the greatest satisfaction comes from the success of our young learners as they move into the world of work and we wish them all well”.

The Chamber would like to thank all sponsors so far including;

  • Charmed Interiors and Spalding Bookmark for sponsoring Small/New business of the Year;
  • Definition’s Health & Fitness for sponsoring Supporting the Community Award;
  • Ringrose Law for sponsoring the Customer Care Award;
  • South Holland District Council for sponsoring Business Person of the Year;
  • Newton Press for sponsoring the programmes and
  • Moore Thompson for sponsoring the drinks reception.

Applications are still open for those businesses who are thinking about entering and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are encouraging businesses in the South Holland area to enter for the chance of winning a prestigious award.

Please visit the website at for an application form and for further information about this event.

Alternatively, please call the Chamber now on 01522 523333 or email at

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All sponsorship opportunities gone for South Holland Business Awards

22nd September 2017

All sponsors have now been confirmed for the South Holland Business Awards happening soon on Thursday, November 23.

PSP IT are thrilled to be this year’s headline sponsor for the third year running and their Chief Executive Joe Verde spoke to the Chamber saying;

“For PSP IT Design & Development, it’s a way of giving something back to the community.

We wanted to pledge our support again to the South Holland Business Awards 2017, for the third consecutive year running.

As headline sponsor we are passionate about supporting our local business community. 

People can expect another great night which will celebrate the success of South Holland businesses, as well as a fantastic networking opportunities.”

Entering an award is free and one business can enter a maximum of three categories.

Only businesses based within the South Holland are required to enter.

Entries close on Thursday, October 5.

This year’s event is being held at the Springfields Event and Conference Centre on Thursday 23 November and guests can expect a welcome drinks reception, a three course dinner, key note speakers and live entertainment taking you through the evening.

Applications are available to download now from

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Winners announced from the South Holland Business Awards 2017

6th December 2017

Gousto, Chain Bridge Forge and Welland Power were just some of the winners that scooped top awards at that this year’s South Holland Business Awards, at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding.

All winners demonstrated excellent customer service, skills, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in their applications, and it was inspiring to hear so many achievements from the winners as they accepted their awards.

Now it its fifth year, the awards have grown into one of Lincolnshire Chambers most popular events, and this year’s ceremony was a sell-out evening.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception upon arrival, a three-course meal, live entertainment from the stunning delights of The BlueBird Belles, and of course, the award ceremony itself.

Malcolm Prior, Morning Presenter from BBC Radio Lincolnshire kick started the celebrations by welcoming guests with his usual lovely charm before moving on to announcing the winners

The full list of winners includes:

Business of the Year:
New/Small Business of the Year:
Supporting the Community Award:
Customer Care Award:
Business Innovation of the Year:
Apprentice of the Year:
Business Person of the Year:
Wellend Power
Paul Lawrence Plumbing & Heating Services
The Moorings
Chain Bridge Forge
Lee Smalley from Worldwide Fruit Ltd
Muzna Butt from Gousto
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