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Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2016 - Winners revealed

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8 July 2016

Hazlewoods were delighted to sponsor the Cotswold Life Family Business Awards, dedicated to celebrating family businesses.

With the Family Business Awards now in their 4th year, the 2016 best family run companies across the Cotswolds have been announced.

Family businesses form the backbone of the British economy and we are lucky enough to have hundreds of them here in the heart of our region. As businesses get bigger to meet increasingly global competition, you might think family businesses are in decline, but we find no evidence of this as our list of great Cotswold family businesses continues to grow.  

Regardless of industry or size of the business, these awards celebrate family companies, their enterprise, success and the people working within them. Nicky Godding, Cotswold Life Business Editor commented, ‘Family run companies are at the forefront of the local economy and we are proud to be celebrating the huge and unique contribution they make to the Cotswold economy’. 

Entry numbers, this year, were the highest ever had. At the judging meeting, partner Ruth Dooley and the others from the selected expert panel debated long and hard to reach the final outcome, with one category so tough judges decided upon two winners. 

The winners below will be recognised in the September issue of Cotswold Life, and will be celebrated at the Family Business Awards winner’s presentation lunch sponsored by ourselves in early September. 

2016 Winners 

Best Start up Family Business 

Spark Brands Ltd

Fastest Growing Family Business 

Oxford Products Ltd

Employee of the Year

Rich Powell - Arc Energy Resources Ltd

Family Business Apprentice

Alex Pollard - Clarkson Evans

Next Generation Family Achiever 

Joseph Purcaro - Joedan Group

Family Business Long Service Award

Abid Naser - SmartSurvey Ltd

Retail Excellence 

Hobbs House Bakery Ltd

Food & Farming Excellence     

Cotteswold Dairy

Family Business Exporter of the Year  

Batten & Allen
Freeman Technology Ltd 

Family Business Longevity Award

Poeton Industries Limited

Corporate Social Responsibility

McGurk Group Ltd 

Outstanding Contribution to the local or national economy

Owen Mumford 

Editor's Choice Award

Sibling Distillery Ltd

Family Business of the Year 

Severn Valley Woodworks

2016 Judges

Nicky Gooding:                  Business Editor and Chair 
Ruth Dooley:                      Partner and Head of Tax | Hazlewoods LLP
Elizabeth Saunders:         Partner and Head of Private Client | BPE 
Jayne Woodley:                 Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Sarah Bryars:                     Chief Executive, Target Group 
Julia Iball:                           Chair, IoD Oxfordshire
Graham Ripley:                 Chair of Governors, Gloucestershire College