Businesses of all sizes and across a range of sectors were on show last week at Five Lakes Resort for the Business Excellence Awards Essex 2019. Invest ESSEX were proud to be headline sponsors of the event, held on 26th September 2019, which celebrated and highlighted Essex’s thriving business community. Invest ESSEX wishes to congratulate both the winners and nominated businesses in each category. See further down the page for a list of the winners from each category.

The Business Excellence Awards Essex aims to celebrate the best in business in the county, highlighting the achievements attained by the talented companies and their employees over the past 12 months. Invest ESSEX is especially delighted to have assisted so many of both the nominated and winning businesses during their respective rises to success, with victorious clients including Agility Healthtech, Carmel Jane Photography, Coco Lighting, Davina Steel – Gluten Free, Secret Hamper, and Tuffon Hall.

Essex – A place to invest and grow

Invest ESSEX Location Services Director, David Rooke, helped to open the awards with a speech which championed Essex’s continued contribution to the national economy and its untapped potential, with the county offering businesses of all sizes the ideal environment to grow and succeed.

The speech also drew attention to Invest ESSEX’s role in both attracting inward investment into the county and in supporting SMEs. There are now more than 120,000 registered businesses across Greater Essex – 99% of which are SMEs – and Invest ESSEX believes the strength of that community will only grow in the future. Invest ESSEX also provide direct and specialist support and advice to help SMEs across Essex thrive and prosper, with a particular focus on the funding and financing of business.

Nearly 1,400 of those 120,000 previously mentioned registered businesses are foreign owned companies, with perhaps unsurprisingly, over 200 of those companies being US owned. As well as the 200 US owned companies, 99 are German, 34 French, 31 Australian, 11 are Indian and 3 are Chinese.

Business Excellence Awards Essex Winners

Company of the Year sponsored by London Stansted Airport

Contribution to the Community Award sponsored by The Lord’s Taverners
Farleigh Hospice

Customer Service Excellence Award sponsored by Prettys
Community Dental Services

Employer of the Year sponsored by Futures
Carmel Jane Photography

Enterprising Women of the Year sponsored by The Oaks Hospital
Agility Health Tech Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Champions (UK) plc
David Maytham from TT Education

Excellence in Innovation & Technology Award sponsored by Silver Cloud HR
COCO Lighting

Family Business of the Year sponsored by RSM
Tuffon Hall Vineyard

Leadership Team of the Year sponsored by Thomas International
Community Dental Services CIC

New Business of the Year sponsored by James Hallam
Davina Steel – Gluten Free

Professional Services Award sponsored by Kingswood Group
Barker Associates

Retail Business of the Year sponsored by Elonex
The Bottle Club

Sales and Marketing Award sponsored by Global Radio
Secret Hamper Ltd

SME of the Year sponsored by Jelf
Alchemy Recruitment

Supplier of the Year sponsored by Little Easton Manor
Martels Wedding and Events Village

Sustainability Award sponsored by Greater Anglia Abellio
DC Williamson

Essex as a hub for business

Essex is a dynamic county ideally suited to businesses from across a wide-spectrum of industries, including high-tech and engineering services, life sciences, financial and professional services, multi- modal logistics, and food and drink companies.

Below are some key figures which underline the county’s pull factor for businesses of all shapes and sizes:

  • Workforce 743,000
  • Self-employed 160,000
  • Population 1.8 million
  • Economy GVA £40billion
  • Around a thousand acres of commercial development land available across the county

For more information about the Business Excellence Awards Essex, click here.

Invest ESSEX is a specialist business support agency, helping companies to relocate or expand in Essex. It is delivered by the Let’s Do Business Group and is jointly funded by Essex County Council (ECC) and the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).