Brilliance in Business Award Winners 2016/17

21 New Forest businesses celebrated their successes at the eleventh annual New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards at Carey’s Manor Hotel on Wednesday 30 November 2016. 7 of those businesses won awards, which were presented by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, President of the New Forest Business Partnership.

Brilliance in Business Award Winners

Back (L-R): Ian Bishops (Herb UK); Mark D’Arcy (Herb UK); Lord Montagu; Kayleigh Sargeant (New Forest Academy of Dance); Oddny Edwards (Oskubox); Christina Simons (Cottage Lodge)
Front (L-R): Patrick Fletcher-Jones (Vision Link); Andy Daish (ORA Events); Chris Farr (ORA Events); Will Stone (Will Stone Plumbing)

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of New Forest Business Partnership, commented: “Today is a moment to cherish in time, to become one with our local business community and our success stories.”

It was a runaway success for ORA Events who won the prestigious New Forest Business of the Year award and also won The Hampshire County Council Award for contribution to the New Forest Community.

ORA Events demonstrated their calibre across a number of the award’s themes. Importantly however, they also exhibited an impact to the New Forest and it’s wider economy through the initiatives in which they are engaged.

ORA Events said: “One of our company aims is to use the marathon as a platform to help as many local people, organisations and businesses as possible. To win both awards is a huge honour and for the New Forest Business Partnership to recognise and share our vision is a wonderful thing. We will continue to work hard towards making the the whole New Forest community proud of the event and hope it will continue to bring long term benefits to the many excellent businesses across the New Forest and surrounding area”

The winners for 2016/17 are as follows:

The ExxonMobil Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
ExxonMobil Award - Vision Link

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Patrick Fletcher-Jones (Vision Link); Alison Jones (ExxonMobil)

Vision Link

Beds on Board

The Brockenhurst College Award for Training & Development
Brockenhurst College Award - Herb UK

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Ian Bishops (Herb UK); Mark D’Arcy (Herb UK); Di Roberts (Brockenhurst College)

Herb UK

Hartford Care
Shorefield Holidays Ltd

The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Sustainable Business

NPA Award - Cottage Lodge

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Christina Simons (Cottage Lodge Hotel); Cllr Penny Jackman (New Forest National Park Authority)

Cottage Lodge Hotel

New Forest Spring Water

The New Forest District Council Award for Outstanding Customer Care

NFDC Award - Will Stone Plumbing

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Francesca Stone (Will Stone Plumbing); Will Stone (Will Stone Plumbing); Cllr Goff Beck (New Forest District Council)

Will Stone Plumbing

Grand Ford Fitness
New Forest Safari Campers

The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business

NFDC Award - Ŏskubox

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Oddny Edwards (Ŏskubox); Joanne Spittles (New Forest Enterprise Centre)


Morse Toad Messaging
The New Forest Paddle Sports Company

The Eric Robinson Award for Young Person in Business

Eric Robinson Award - Kayleigh Sargeant

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Catherine Maxfield (Eric Robinson); Kayleigh Sargeant (New Forest Academy of Dance); David Lawrence (Eric Robinson)

Kayleigh Sargeant (New Forest Academy of Dance)

Amy Loader (New Forest Safari Campers)
Nik Dewey (Shape Up Studios)

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

HCC Award - ORA Events

Pictured (L-R): Lord Montagu; Andy Daish (ORA Events); Chris Farr (ORA Events); Cllr Keith Mans (Hampshire County Council)

ORA Events

New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times
Woodlander Hoburne Bashley

The New Forest Business Partnership Business of the Year
ORA Events

Thanks to NFBP member Dave Dodge photography for capturing the images on the night. You can find more about Dave and his work at

A list of all previous Brilliance in Business Award winners can be found here