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Salisbury celebrates its best businesses at awards ceremony

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Winners at the SWBOYA competitionWinners at the SWBOYA competitionSalisbury's best businesses were recognised last night at the 19th South Wilts Business of the Year Awards.

At a glittering ceremony at City Hall, businesses ranging from a fish and chip shop to high-tech engineering firms took home trophies.

Janspeed Technologies Limited, a leading manufacturer of bespoke and performance exhaust systems since 1962, was named Business Of The Year Award - £500,000 plus turnover, beating Ashley Grange Nursing Home, Aardvark Safaris, eatsleepdoodle, and Vita Skin Spa to podium position.

The Salisbury & District Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Small Business Award - £150,000 - £500,000 turnover was won by brand design company Sprout, who bloomed ahead of Blue Bee Solutions, Casterley Barn, TechB, and Your Mortgage Expert Ltd.

The Micro Business Award - Under £150,000 turnover was won by Topham Driving Tuition, who passed The Hair Extension Cave, Monty & Mabel's, Detailed Moments, and Salisbury Guttering Services to take home the trophy.

The FSB New Business Award was won by Solstice Soft Play, who bounced ahead of Detailed Moments, Ben Radley Films, Pothead & Panface, and Oliver Chandler.

Jill Nieuwoudt of Naim Audio took home the Enterprise Network Enterprising Woman In Business Award. Chrissie Probert Jones of eatsleepdoodle, Wendy Stevens from Wendy Stevens Hair, Louise Luton of Louise Luton Art, and Ellen Stokes of Be Exhibitions were the finalists.

Signs and graphics experts CORE Modular Ltd won the Wiltshire College Apprentice Employer Award. SGS Heating and Electrical, Blue Bee Solutions, Fairfax House were the runners up.

And the Salisbury BID Retailer Award was won by Mark Jones Eye Care, who saw off competition from Dinghams, Shirley Snells, OSO Boutique, and Scent & Colour

Chauffeur business Executive Connection scooped the Excellence In Customer Service Award, seeing off competition from SGS Heating and Electrical, Role Play World, Simon Ward Photography, Maul's Cheese & Wine Bar.

The Digital Marketing Excellence Award was won by Wessex Fleet. The runners up included Maclennan, Fox Grant, Aardvark Safaris, The Cultural Experience.

The Manufacturing Award went to Cecence, who make lightweight components for the aerospace, rail, marine, and motorsports industries. Finalists included Pigs Might Fly South, Naim Audio, Wessex Timber Windows, and Janspeed Technologies Ltd.

Ellen Stokes of Be Exhibitions was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Aimee Ullah of Deacons, Celia García-Rubio from Scent and Colour, Molly Cook of The Hair Extension Cave, and Charlie Henry of Popscards were the runners up.

The Charity & Community Award was served up to Britz Takeaway and Diner, who beat Animal Friends Pet Insurance, Stonehenge Plumbing and Heating, Wagging Tails, and Barchester Health Care.

And glasses were raised to The Greyhound Inn who won the The NFU Mutual Food & Drink Award. Koh Thai Tapas, Britz Takeaway and Diner, Danny's Craftbar, and Café Diwali were the finalists.