Hampshire duo celebrate success at 2015 Chamber Awards
2 October 2015
investigator have been named regional winners in a prestigious awards scheme run by British Chambers of Commerce.
The Natural Travel Collection has been named Small Business of the Year for the south at the 2015 Chamber Awards while Olivia Ellenger of Answers Investigation won the region’s Young Person in Business Award.
The double success for the county follows a call for entries co-ordinated by Hampshire Chamber.
A wildlife travel firm in Winchester and a Romsey private
Congratulating both winners, Maureen Frost, Deputy Chief Executive and one of the regional judges, said: “The Chamber Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, showcasing the pivotal role local businesses play in driving economic growth and prosperity. Our two Hampshire successes had to see off challengers from across the south in their respective categories and it is fantastic to see their great work recognised.”
With an emphasis on sustainable travel worldwide, The Natural Travel Collection specialises in tailor-made wildlife tours as well as diving holidays in remote locations.
Jane Cowans of category sponsors NFU Mutual said: “Being named regional finalist for the Small Business of the Year category is a huge accolade and The Natural Travel Collection should be extremely proud. As a local commercial insurer we have helped many small businesses over the years and we are honoured to sponsor and judge this category.”
At the detective agency Answers Investigation, trained fingerprinter Olivia Ellenger works on often complex case work for corporate and private clients. The company’s Romsey base services its operations in Hampshire and Dorset. Activities include forensic IT, surveillance and accident investigation.
Both regional winners will go forward as national finalists in their respective categories at the Chamber Awards to be announced at a gala dinner at The Brewery, London, on Thursday 26th November.
Other award categories specifically celebrate export success, use of technology, community engagement, people development, high growth and partnering business with education.
As well as NFU Mutual, award sponsors are BT Business, Composite Legal Expenses, The British Library, Dell, DHL Express and Qdos Consulting.