2021 Brilliance in Business Awards receives record entries

The resilience of the New Forest’s business community was demonstrated at this year’s Brilliance in Business Awards with a record number of applicants making it the event’s largest ceremony in its sixteen year history.

Over 200 business representatives and dignitaries gathered in Brockenhurst last night, Thursday 2 December 2021, to celebrate the annual New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards. Matthew Lawson, Chairman of the New Forest Business Partnership, welcomed New Forest businesses, local decision-makers and sponsors to celebrate the achievements of over 40 finalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and help to underpin our New Forest Economy. “This very special event is all about sharing the success stories of these exceptional businesses and individuals to encourage and inspire the 9000 businesses in the New Forest. We had a record number of entries this year which is testament to the resilience of our New Forest Businesses in these extraordinary times.”

Fourteen businesses won awards, but it was The Forest Foodie who scooped The Solent Local Enterprise Group Award for New Forest Business of the Year, as well as The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink. The Forest Foodie was created by Flora, the founder, in the Summer of 2020 as she set out to support as many local producers as possible and help feed the circular economy of The New Forest.



Guests enjoyed networking over drinks and canapes at this year’s new venue, Brockenhurst College, which enabled a larger scale event with four new awards created this year. The winners of each of the categories are:

The Clever Software Group Award for Outstanding Use of Digital Technology

fwdesign & Bronze Design


The Brockenhurst College Award for Training and Development

UK Chiropractic


The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Forest Visitor Economy

Forest Park Hotel


The ExxonMobil Award for Innovation



The Eric Robinson Solicitors Award for Young Person in Business

Bart Small – New Forest Fish and Shellfish


The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business

New Forest Tea Company


The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Environmental Contribution

The Naked Pantry and The Naked Quench


The Simpson Hilder Associates Award for Entrepreneurship

Samantha Riley – Manta Makes


The Get Set Solent Award for COVID Pandemic Business Hero

Kathy Sirl – The Naked Pantry and The Naked Quench


The Hampshire County Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community

Woodlander Coppice


The Comdata UK Award for Outstanding Customer Care

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum


The New Forest District Council Award for Best New Forest Micro Business

Chemotherapy Headwear


The Forest Foot and Health Clinic Award for Health and Wellbeing

New Forest Hotels


The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink

The Forest Foodie


The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership for New Forest Business of the Year

The Forest Foodie

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