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Winners at the Chippenham Business AwardsWinners at the Chippenham Business AwardsChippenham's best businesses were celebrated at a glittering ceremony last week, with healthcare products specialist Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd crowned business of the year, and also named the best business for which to work.

Pete Butterfield, CEO of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd said, “We’re very proud to win two awards, including Chippenham Business of the Year. Chippenham is really important to us.”

In other categories, Aaron and Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors was named independent business of the year, and also picked up the green award, while Fab-Bricks Ltd was named small business of the year.

The customer service award was won by Avagio ITS Ltd while The Three Crowns picked up the hospitality award.

Emma Benson, MJ Church (Plant) Ltd was named apprentice of the year, and Chippenham and District Constitutional Club was named charitable business of the year.

The lifetime achievement award went to Phil and Maddy Crook, who founded computer software company Advanced Digital Technology before ploughing their energies into charitable work after selling the business in 2003.

The third Chippenham Business Awards, organised by Chippenham BID, were held at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre in front of an audience of 160 members of the business community.

BID manager Kathryn Crosweller said: "It almost sounds trite but to be in a room with so many passionate, driven and successful people is a very humbling experience.

"There are some fantastic businesses in and around Chippenham, and we are delighted to be able to bring them together each year at the Chippenham Business Awards.”

Douglas Tom Paget of lead sponsor Awdry, Bailey & Douglas said: “This really is a great event which Awdry Bailey & Douglas are extremely proud to support.

"There are so many fantastic businesses in Chippenham who deserve recognition for what they have achieved, and these awards are the perfect way to do that.

"Thank you to all those that entered and huge congratulations to this year’s winners.”