Guest Blog from PKF Francis Clark

What makes a good application?

Are you ready to celebrate your success?

The Taunton Deane Business Awards are showcasing successful businesses throughout Taunton Deane, with ten categories to choose from! We, PKF Francis Clark, are proud to once again be a main sponsor of the awards.

To enter is simple.  Visit the website, select your category, fill out the application form with your story, and submit it.

As a judge and a sponsor, we have compiled a list of five key considerations to help you complete your application:

  1. Have a plan – Think about the application carefully before committing anything to paper.
  2. Keep it relevant – Show in your application why you feel your business is worthy of winning the category that you are entering – in particular, what differentiates you from your competition?
  3. Make your visions clear – Can you demonstrate how you are aiming to achieve your goal? Is it sustainable?
  4. Make it factual – Consider using case-studies and supporting evidence to support you application.
  5. Seize the opportunity – When preparing the application, put yourself in the shoes of the judging panel whose job it is to shortlist for interview.  What makes your application stand out from the others?   You have one chance to make a first impression – use it wisely!

Entries must be received before the closing date of 30 March 2018 at 5pm.

Martin Lock

Good luck!

Written by Martin Lock – Partner at PKF Francis Clark

Why Enter? We’ll never win!

Every business has its own set of strengths to celebrate and, funnily enough, many businesses have told us that they never realised just how many they had until they sat down and listed them, whilst writing their award application.
We all get so bogged down with the day to day running of the business; fretting about work, too little, too much. We rarely sit down and take an outside-in look at our companies.

Guest blog from Viridor

Sustainable cities and communities

By Stephanie Rooke, Sustainability Advisor, Pennon PlcSustainable Cities

Viridor’s goal is to provide investment and a positive contribution to our communities. Community engagement plays a key part in helping us to achieve our goal and contribute towards the UN sustainable development goals.

Viridor was proud to be the Taunton Deane Business Award (TDBA) winner of the ‘CSR Award 2017’ for our community partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and is delighted to be sponsoring the Community Engagement Award this year.
The Community Engagement Award gives businesses an opportunity to think outside of the work they do on a day-to-day basis within their company and to look at how their company engages with the Taunton Deane Community to give added value.

As one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, with roots in Taunton, our support for this award reflects the importance of making a positive contribution to the local community.  Community engagement is a vital part of what we do and drives our performance.

Viridor sponsors local community sport clubs, including Somerset County Cricket Club, the Taunton Football Stadium, and supports events such as Somerfest and Taunton Christmas Fest Live. The company donates £50,000 a year to local charities and community groups to support sustainable and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related community projects. Over the last few years, Viridor supported the Taunton Muskets BaseBall Club, Rotary club of Taunton’s charity golf day, Taunton Festival of the Arts, the creation of an environmental garden at Blackbrook Primary School and Heathfield School’s Swift bird box project. Staff also take part in local charity fundraising events in Taunton including the Dragon Boat Race for Headway Somerset.

Viridor has partnered with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and worked together on Taunton’s very first urban wildlife project the ‘Routes to the River Tone’. Viridor employees have volunteered with the Trust to improve Children’s Wood, an unloved green space near our headquarters. Our employees have undertaken litter picks and habitat management, including willow pollarding, coppicing and installing bat and bird boxes in the wood. Viridor, in partnership with the Trust, has also introduced three wild walks which encourage our employees, neighbouring businesses and the general public to get outdoors and connect with the natural environment and their local green space, improving both their physical and mental health.

See our Sustainability Report 2017 for more information about our work within the community
The awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of other local businesses and we’re proud to support and be part of it.


Blog from Tone FM

For those who don’t know who we are, Taunton’s 107.8 Tone FM is a volunteer based Community Radio Station which broadcasts in and around the County Town on 107.8 FM and we now have our very own month newspaper called Tone News, which is delivered FREE to 15,000 homes in and around the County Town.

Our aim is to be involved with as many locally based projects, social groups and events as possible throughout the calendar year, to help promote and shout about the great things happening in Taunton.

Now, 3 years on, what has impressed me most of all about the TDBA, is how it highlighted so many fantastic businesses that I never even knew existed in the Taunton Deane area.

Now, in our 5th year and based at the Market House, we feel it is important to be involved with the TDBA so that we could do our bit in making sure that as many people as possible felt the same way.

As a small local business ourselves (a not for profit Community Interest Company), it is clear to see the benefits of these awards, because we don’t often get the opportunity to shout about the success stories , so to have them on the doorstep has to be a positive move forward.

The awards are now being recognised across a much wider area and have gained so much credibility, if we weren’t involved, then we would definitely be applying!

Darren Cullem


Written by Darren Daley – Station Manager

A word from Taunton Chamber of Commerce

The Taunton Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be taking on a greater role in the running of the Taunton Deane Business Awards

The awards allow opportunity for entrants to obtain recognition of their achievements. White Knight Marketing who have run the awards for the last two years in conjunction with the events main sponsors PKF Francis Clark, and Taunton Deane Borough Council have done a fantastic job, and have worked hard to make them so successful and we hope that by joining the team, the Chamber can help to continue this progression.

The opportunity to enter for 2018 is now open, with details on the Taunton Deane Business Awards website, and we would encourage all businesses to take this opportunity to showcase their activities.

Guest Blog from Sponsor Carly Press

Carly Press are once again delighted to be involved as a sponsor of the Taunton Deane Business Awards.

We were a part of the awards since the start and we were thrilled to be asked to sponsor the family business of the year award this time around. This award is very important to us as we are a long established family business ourselves, going back three generations.

Since Carly Press was founded in 1982 in a small unit in Wellington, the core values of the business remain, excellent service and high quality printing. We also strongly believe in continued investment in our team, machinery and a diverse offering to our clients. These are the keys to our success; growing from 2 to 16 staff and counting. The company is even named after the founders first grandchild, Carly.

We know that running a family business comes with it’s own challenges along with the other day to day problems that all businesses come up against. This is why we are extremely passionate to sponsor this award. We feel truly honoured to be a part of the TDBA so we can read applications from enthusiastic family business owners ready to celebrate their success stories.

We are looking forward to seeing entries from financially sound businesses with a clear vision for the future growth of their family business! Good luck to all applicants.

Written by Mark Glastone-Smith – Managing Director of Carly Press 

Why would you enter the Taunton Deane Business Awards?

It’s a question we get asked occasionally, and a good one if you have never considered what winning an award may do for your company profile, morale and reputation.

We asked one of the winners from last year, why they did it and what they got from it?

Emma Warren, Managing Director of Elite Staffing told us this:

“2 years since launch, we decided to re-brand, develop a new website, invest in a new CRM (Customer relationship management) and enter the Taunton Deane Business Awards.

“We wanted to throw caution to the wind and see if we could obtain some recognition for our success.  We were absolutely thrilled to win the ‘New Start Up’ category against some very strong competition and it made the whole team so proud and gave us a new confidence in what we do.  Being part of an industry that can come under fire and criticism, winning this award reflects our continual strive for professionalism and integrity in everything we do.  We are proud to display our winner’s logo and share the accolade with all of our potential clients.”

This year Elite Staffing are returning to the awards but as a sponsor; recognising the benefit to their business and the opportunity to further increase their profile, the company are sponsoring the award for Best Employer.

Start up Elite Staffing

Elite Staffing winning Best Start-Up Business in 2017

There are 10 awards to choose from, including three new ones.

Those wishing to celebrate their business success have until the 30th March to apply online. The prestigious awards ceremony will be held at the Somerset County Cricket Club on the 28th June.

The awards, this year, are organised by Taunton Chamber of Commerce and White Knight Marketing.

A word from Elite Staffing Solutions

Blog from ArtsTaunton

Our Creative Industries Award sponsor, ArtsTaunton, tells us why they support #TDBA18

“This sector has a huge economic value to our community, and has the ability to influence the wellbeing of our town probably more than any other. It is for this reason that we have agreed, as a board, to support the Taunton Deane Business Awards with bringing the Creative Industries Award forward for the second time in 2018.

“Last year we had some great applications and we are hoping to celebrate even more this year, learning how our colleagues within this sector are impacting on the people of Taunton Deane.

“The worthy winner last year was Bridgwater and Taunton College who delivered an amazing project working with homeless charity Open Door and Job Centre Plus. The effect on their students has been long lasting:

Andy-BerryWe were so pleased to have won the Creative Industries category at the Taunton Deane Business Awards last year. Our partnership work with Job Centre Plus and Open Door Taunton enabled our students completing their work experience, to develop a deep understanding of homeless people’s plights, and the knowledge and understanding that they gained equipped them when going out into the world and when embarking on their careers.

Andy Berry, Principle of Bridgwater and Taunton College



This award is open to applications from commercial, educational and voluntary organisations that have Creative Arts at their core.  This means that you either promote Creative Arts or feature Creative Arts as an intrinsic part of the vision or business model.

Entries for applications are now open until 30th March at 5 pm.

2018 Flyer

Celebrate you’re achievements and shout about your successes by entering Taunton Deane Business Awards 2018