Brilliance in Business Awards Finalists 2021

For 16 years, we have hosted the New Forest’s local business awards because we believe it is vitally important that we acknowledge and celebrate individuals and businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievements within their business sector or specialist area.

Entries for 2021 are now closed. 

We have had a phenomenal response this year and have been inundated with over 200 entries from local businesses across the New Forest for the 14 categories. We would like to take this opportunity to offer our thanks to everyone who has entered and supported the awards.

After a very busy couple of weeks shortlisting entrants we have finally confirmed and interviewed the three finalists for each category. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 2nd December at Brockenhurst College.

You can purchase tickets for this prestigious event here.

We are proud to announce the finalists for each award are as follows:

The Brockenhurst College Award for Training and Development

For businesses which recognise the importance of the customer in growing their business. Successful entrants will demonstrate how analysis and response to customer needs have assisted in developing a growing business.



The Hampshire County Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest

For businesses which recognise the importance of a real commitment to the local New Forest community and can demonstrate tangible impact and clear results in Corporate Social Responsibility and/or community impact.

Hanpshire County Council


The ExxonMobil Award for Innovation

For businesses which successfully apply any form of innovation, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation, company or industry.

Friends of Olivia Inspires -


The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink 

Recognising the growing importance of the local food and drink sector, this award celebrates the very best in food and drink production in the New Forest. The winner could come from any part of the industry – a grower, producer, chef, restaurant, accommodation provider, retailer, educator or local food and drink champion.


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

For leading the way in providing high quality New Forest visitor experiences, which protect and enhance the local environment, benefit residents and support the local economy both now and in the future.


The Simpson Hilder Associates Award for Entrepreneurship 

Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, this award will recognise an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and strong financial performance through a culture of innovation, resilience and an ethos of inspiring others through their leadership style.


Samantha Riley - Manta Makes 

Manta Makes | Keepsakes and wedding decor from the New Forest, UK


Sana Stephens - Timber

Shelley Irving - UK Chiropractic 

Welcome to UK Chiropractic

The Comdata Group Award for Outstanding Customer Care 

For businesses which recognise the importance of the customer in growing their business. Successful entrants will demonstrate how analysis and response to customer needs have assisted in developing a growing business.

Comdata | Forcepoint


The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business 

This award recognises companies started within the previous two years that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show significant product/service development and leadership within their sector or industry.

New Forest Enterprise Centre


The Eric Robinson Solicitors Award for Young Person in Business 

For an individual aged under 30 years on 1 October 2021 who has made a significant contribution to business in the position of owner or employee. The winner will demonstrate how they have brought creative ideas and progress to the business through their continued learning and development within the role.


Naomi Thorne - Gemini Letters 

Hand-designed positive postcards & stickers by geminiletters

Rebecca Mabbett - R Reflections 


R Reflections - logo text.png

The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Environmental Contribution 

This award recognises businesses that, through their actions and activities, support the special qualities of the National Park and contribute to the development of a diverse and sustainable local economy.

New Forest National Park Authority


The Forest Foot & Health Clinic Award for Health and Wellbeing 

To be awarded to a business that has recognised the importance of creating an environment for their staff where health and wellbeing is of the highest priority.


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

To be awarded to businesses with fewer than 5 employees who are demonstrating both strong growth in revenue and a leading product or service that is standing tall amongst their competitors.

New Forest District Council | European Electronique


The GetSet Solent Award for COVID-Pandemic Business Hero 

This special award, for this year only, is to honour the business that has reacted to the global pandemic and pivoted the way they operate to continue to succeed in ever changing circumstances.

Solent - GetSet for Growth


The Clever Software Group Award for Outstanding Use of Digital Technology 

For businesses who have successfully transformed an element of their business through successful application of digital technology. The winner will have used digital innovation and/or e-commerce to achieve growth whilst offering an exceptional customer experience.


The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Award for Business of the Year winner will be selected from the winners of all of the above categories by the judges and announced on the awards night.


Good luck to all of our finalists!