A runaway success at the New Forest Business Partnership Awards 2017

Cottage Lodge

Published Thursday 1 December 2016

21 New Forest businesses celebrated their success at the eleventh annual New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards at Carey’s Manor Hotel on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Seven businesses won awards, presented by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, President of the New Forest Business Partnership.

This included Cottage Lodge Hotel, Brockenhurst, which received the New Forest National Park Authority Sustainable Business Award.

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of the New Forest Business Partnership, commended those nominated for the awards, and said: 'Today is a moment to cherish in time, to become one with our local business community and our success stories.'

The prestigious New Forest Business of the Year award was won by ORA Events Ltd, the company behind organising the New Forest Marathon, who also won the Contribution to the New Forest Community category.

Chris Farr, Director of ORA Events, said, 'One of our company aims is to use the marathon as a platform to help as many local people, organisations and businesses as possible. To win both awards is a huge honour and for the New Forest Business Partnership to recognise and share our vision is a wonderful thing. We will continue to work hard towards making the the whole New Forest community proud of the event and hope it will continue to bring long term benefits to the many excellent businesses across the New Forest and surrounding area.'

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council, said 'Supporting our local businesses is a key priority for the council and all the winners tonight demonstrate what a vibrant and innovative local economy we have.

'These awards, and recognising the businesses that are contributing to the local area, are so important.  ORA Events have inspired people to take part in exercise, as well as generating significant sums of money for the area, and are to be applauded.'

Full list of categories / winners:

  • The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business: ┼Äskubox
  • The New Forest District Council Award for Outstanding Customer Care: Will Stone Plumbing
  • The Eric Robinson Award for Young Person in Business: Kayleigh Sargeant (New Forest Academy of Dance)
  • The ExxonMobil Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Vision Link
  • The Brockenhurst College Award for Training & Development: Herb UK
  • The New Forest National Park Authority Sustainable Business Award: Cottage Lodge Hotel
  • The Hampshire County Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community: ORA Events Ltd (New Forest Marathon)
  • The NFBP Business of the Year: ORA Events Ltd (New Forest Marathon)

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The New Forest Business Partnership, which organised the awards, was established to improve relations between commercial organisations and local government, to promote better business-to-business relationships, to build a stronger economy and to bring prosperity to the community.  

The Partnership is a forum for local business people to express their views, share their knowledge and experience, network with potential clients and suppliers, and help make changes that will benefit their business.  For more information visit nfbp.org.uk


Christina Simons (Cottage Lodge, Brockenhurst) receiving the New Forest National Park Authority Sustainable Business Award.

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Tel: 023 8028 5588 Mob: 07771 828039 Email: sara.hamilton@nfdc.gov.uk

Kate Williams, corporate communications officer
Tel: 023 8028 5588 Email: kate.williams@nfdc.gov.uk

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