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Time to Shine

 Time for Taunton Businesses to Shine!


Taunton businesses are to get their very own awards thanks to a group of civic minded people.

The Taunton Deane Business Awards are being launched off the back of sponsorship from 10 local firms plus Taunton Forward, Taunton Chamber and Taunton Deane Borough Council. The 13 collaborators have come together to sponsor the Awards which will be held at the Castle Hotel in June next year.

The Awards are being launched on Small Business Saturday on the 5th December 2015, and will be open to any business within the Taunton Deane Borough boundaries.

There will be 6 categories to enter depending on the size of your business and you are free to enter as many as you qualify for. There will be one overall winner chosen from across the categories who will receive a special commendation.

There will also be opportunities for companies who are serving the community through corporate social responsibility programmes to enter and share their commitment to the people of Taunton Deane in a special award aimed at recognising the impact this has within our community.

An award for the best shop front will give everyone an opportunity to vote for their favourite window display with a free online poll on the events website.

Speaking on behalf of Taunton Forward and her own company, White Knight Marketing, Pam Knight said,

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the many brilliant businesses we have based within Taunton Deane. There is far too much modesty demonstrated around our achievements and it is time for businesses within this area to have the spotlight turned on to them; a time to shine!”

TDBC Cllr Mark Edwards, Executive Councillor for Business Development said:

“Taunton Deane has a strong track record in growing enterprises – over 300 new businesses have been established in the Borough in the past 5 years.

“The Council offers grants, advice and a range of other services to support start-ups.  We are delighted to sponsor these Awards which recognise the value of small businesses to our economy and the vitality of our towns and villages.”

The event website will be launched on the  5th December and the online application form awaits any ambitious business who would like to enter. To aid businesses in preparing their applications, sponsor John McCarthy of Action Coach will be holding 2 workshops early in the New Year for those that would value guidance on the process.

Other sponsors include Amicus Law, Carly Press, Francis Clark, The Castle Hotel, Fox Brothers, Somerset Web Services, Santander and Tone FM.



Pictured: L-R John McCarthy – ActionCoach, Sarah Berry – The Castle Hotel, Douglas Cordeaux Chair of Taunton Forward and Fox Brothers, Richard Haste  – Amicus Law, Pam Knight – White Knight Marketing, Kevin Smith – Santander, Steph Leonard – White Knight Marketing, Hettie Rodgers – Carly Press, Ruth Warren – Francis Clark – Hattie Winter – TDBC, Darren Cullum – Tone FM, Tim Church – Somerset Web Services.



Award categories:

  • Micro Business (1-3 employees)
  • Small Business (4-20)
  • Medium Business (21+)
  • Start-up-(up to 2 years)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Retail Shop Front (public online Poll)
  • Commendation Award