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Winners of the Rutland & Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2022 revealed in ceremony at Greetham Valley





The winners of the Rutland & Stamford Mercury Business 2022 have been revealed at an awards ceremony.

The finalists, main partners, category and associate sponsors, judges and guests gathered at Greetham Valley on Friday, September 16, to celebrate all that is great about business in the Stamford and Rutland area.

A minute's silence was beautifully observed at the beginning of the night in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, September 8, aged 96. A loyal toast was also made to King Charles III.

Mercury Business Awards in association with Lightspeed Broadband
Mercury Business Awards in association with Lightspeed Broadband

Hosted by Matt Biggin, the winners in 10 categories each took home a stone and cherry wood trophy made by Viking Signs, with the stone provided by Clipsham Stone Cutting Company. The winners were narrowed down from hundreds of entries to just a shortlisted three in each of the categories.

Addressing the audience of nearly 200 guests, Rutland and Stamford Mercury editor Kerry Coupe said that although it had been a sad week and the thoughts of those there remained with the Royal family, it was also a night for businesses to mark their achievements.

She said: "Over the last couple of years, there's been a lot of talk about businesses bouncing back after a difficult time. But we know it is not that easy - it takes hard work, resilience and innovation.

The winners of the Mercury Business Awards were revealed at an awards ceremony tonight
The winners of the Mercury Business Awards were revealed at an awards ceremony tonight

"The standard of entries this year was incredibly high which is testament to the work that you have all put in."

A speech was also given by Jake Allen from headline sponsor Lightspeed Broadband.

Lightspeed Broadband
Lightspeed Broadband

The evening began with a drinks reception, before guests watched a video showcasing the Mercury's charity for the evening, Emics. A network of volunteer doctors, they assist East Midlands Ambulance Service at the scene of life threatening emergencies.

During the ceremony itself, videos produced by Leo Media, were shown throughout the presentation giving guests a flavour of each business or individual and why they deserved to be finalists.

The winners were (click on each category to find out more about the winner)):

Best New Start-Up

(sponsored by Hegarty Solicitors): The Blonde Beet in Stamford.

Finalists: HRG Associated Limited - Recruitment firm, Uppingham and Yasministration - Virtual assistant agency, Wittering.

Hegarty Solicitors
Hegarty Solicitors

Independent Retailer

(sponsored by Downtown): Freckleface Home Fragrance - Luxury home fragrance products and gifts, Bourne.

Finalists: Peters' Cleaners - Dry cleaner, Stamford and Tracey's Emporium - Quirky gift shop and furniture store, Uppingham.

Business Innovation

(sponsored by Alltech)

:

The Rutland Vineyard.

Finalists: Clarity Stack - developer of lead generation software to help B2B businesses, Warmington, and Connections Legal Management provider, Ketton.

Alltech
Alltech

Best Social Enterprise

(supported by Pegasus Funding)

:

Art Pop-Up - non profit arts organisation, Stamford.

Finalists: Evergreen Care Trust - provides services to help elderly and vulnerable people, Stamford, and MindSpace Stamford - aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents.

Pegasus Funding
Pegasus Funding

Customer Care

(Sponsored by Bluebird Care): Charles and Dean - finance broker, Uffington

Finalists: Peters' Cleaners - dry cleaner, Stamford, and WH Munton and Son - Butchers, Manton

Bluebird Care
Bluebird Care

Environmental Champion

(sponsored by Stamford College)

:

i10 Limited - professional transformation services, Langtoft.

Finalists: Rutland Refill CIC - refillable grocery products, Oakham, and plant-based cafe and bistro, Stamford.

Stamford College
Stamford College

Employee/Team of the Year

(sponsored by South Kesteven District Council): Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa.

Finalists: Connections Legal Management - Land rights services provider, Ketton, and MorePeople - Recruitment firm, Stamford.

South Kesteven District Council
South Kesteven District Council

Businessperson of the Year

(judged by headline sponsor Lightspeed Broadband)

:

Dr Chadni Patel of Green Oakham Dental Care

Finalists: Tim Baker of Stamford Digital - website and app development, Stamford, and Tim Wade, of Dynamics Cleaners Ltd - commercial cleaners, Little Bytham.

Lightspeed Broadband
Lightspeed Broadband

Small Business of the Year

(judged by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce): i10 Limited - professional transformation services, Langtoft.

Finalists: Green Oakham Dental Care and Peters' Cleaners.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce

Large Business of the Year

(sponsored by Chattertons): Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa

Finalists: MorePeople and Clarity Stack.

Chattertons
Chattertons

Mercury editor Kerry Coupe said afterwards: "Although the evening was of course tinged with sadness after the death of the Queen, it was lovely to be able to celebrate the achievements of so many businesses, many of which have never been to the Mercury Business Awards before.

"We congratulate all of the winners and shortlisted businesses and thank our sponsors and partners for making the event possible. Thanks also go to our events manager Sharron Marriott for once again pulling together a great night."

With thanks to our headline sponsor: Lightspeed Broadband, our category sponsors: Hegarty Solicitors, Downtown, South Kesteven District Council, Alltech, Stamford College, Bluebird Care and Chattertons and our associate sponsors: Clipsham Stone Cutting Company, LeoMedia, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and Viking Signs, and judges Pegasus Funding.

Leo Media
Leo Media
Clipsham Stone Cutting Company
Clipsham Stone Cutting Company
Viking Signs
Viking Signs

A special supplement will be in next week's Mercury, featuring pictures and full reports from the night, out on Friday, September 23, in newsagents and on the IM News app.



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