Editor, The News
Every year it gives me great pleasure to be part of these awards, which mean so much to the people competing for - and winning - them. But this year’s awards are extra-special after all that we’ve been through.
Each year we celebrate local business success whatever the challenges – and since March last year those challenges have been unprecedented.
Tonight is an opportunity to reflect that the Portsmouth business community has stood strong throughout the pandemic and has dealt with everything that has been thrown at us. It’s been quite an achievement.
Congratulations to everyone here tonight and I look forward to sharing in the joy of our winners, who thoroughly deserve their honours, particularly as the competition has been the toughest yet.
I hope you enjoy your evening
BBC Look South Presenter
Born and bred in Portsmouth, Anjana went to Portsmouth High School and then Havant College before studying Mandarin and History at School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She spent time in China before deciding on a career in journalism. Her first work experience was on the sports desk of The News in 2002.
She went on to work at The Guardian and The Times before moving into broadcast journalism at Sky Sports News and then the BBC.
She moved back to Hampshire with her young family in 2016 to join South Today where she works as a presenter and reporter.
Outside of work, Anjana plays tennis and football and is a keen runner.
7.30pm Welcome & Speeches followed by “Prosecco Toast”
7.40pm Dinner Service
9.15pm Awards Ceremony
10.45pm Awards Close
Tomato & Feta Salad with fresh mint, a honey & lime dressing and pomegranate seeds (v)
Supreme of Chicken Stuffed with Asparagus & Pea Mousse served with a seared potato fondant, garlic roasted chantenay carrots & a sun blazed red & yellow pepper confit
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With thanks to our core judges as well as representatives from our sponsors who helped with the judging of their supported categories.
Editor, The News
University of Portsmouth
Professor Jeremy Howells
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth Headline Sponsor and Sponsor of Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to all the finalists in the Business Excellence Awards 2021
As we look back on the past 18 months, the resilience of our local businesses never ceases to amaze me. Whether it is their passion for supporting local community initiatives, their ability to adapt to differing business models, the ease with which they have turned to the internet to help with sales, advertising or the dynamic way team working and meetings have been delivered online; it has been a time in which many not only survived, but thrived. It is only fitting that we as a University, who work with businesses of all sizes and sectors, should be leading on the celebrations of those who are recognised this evening in The News Business Excellence Awards.
The University is proud to be the headline sponsor this year, building upon our engagement with The News as category sponsors in the past. I know how difficult it is to judge awards and understand the time and effort that is put in to submit an entry. Given the opportunity, I would give an award to all for the amazing achievements of the past year! Our colleagues have supported the category judges in this process and I am excited to find out who tonight's winners and highly commended are.
Please enjoy your evening and join me in saying “congratulations to all the finalists”.
Leisure, Retail & Tourism Business of the Year
This award goes to a business that has put the Portsmouth area on the map as a great place to live and visit.
Sustainable Business of the Year
Awarded to a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who has demonstrated environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.
International Business of the Year
Awarded to a business which demonstrates the importance of exporting and developing an international presence to the success of the business.
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognises an imaginative and creative manager or employee whose individual contribution to the success of a business has been outstanding or who has demonstrated inspired leadership.
Holly and Jo Bylett
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This award goes to a young entrepreneur, aged between 16 and 24, who has set up a business within The News circulation area and who has demonstrated that they have made a difference, in their sector, for the community or the environment.
Training Programme of the Year
The winner of tonight’s award has demonstrated a real commitment to developing and motivating their workforce.
Company CSR Initiative of the Year
This award recognises a dynamic contribution to the local community or a commitment to the environment by a company based in or having a significant presence in The News circulation area.
Employer of the Year
An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best companies to work for!
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
This award recognises an apprentice who has gone that extra mile and exceeded the expectations of their trainer or mentor
Start-up Business of the Year
This award recognises those businesses which have gone from 0 to 100mph in two years.
Small Business of the Year
This award recognises outstanding performance by a company with a workforce of 9 or less operating for two years or more, who have sustained success throughout their time of trading.
Medium Business of the Year
This award recognises outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of 24 or fewer and which is based in or has a significant presence in The News circulation area.
Large Business of the Year
This award recognises a business for outstanding achievements in growth, turnover and profitability, clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of international markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The award winner is chosen by the Core Judging Panel.
There is no shortlist for this category and the winner will be announced during the ceremony.
Overall Business of the Year
The Core Judging Panel have selected the 2021 Business of the Year from the winners of tonight's categories.