Northamptonshire Business Awards 2018 Foreword Business of the Year

I’m thrilled to welcome you to our first Northamptonshire Business Awards supplement. When we began preparing for our

inaugural awards 15 months ago we wanted to celebrate Northamptonshire’s businesses but in our wildest dreams we never envisaged how successful these awards would be. From the beginning we were inundated

with firms wanting to sponsor the awards, next we were blown away by the amount of entries we received but nothing prepared us for how successful the Awards Night itself would be. It was wonderful to see our fantastic finalists and winners being cheered on by other county businesses. The camaraderie was palpable and the quality of our finalists left everyone feeling positive about the future of Northamptonshire’s economy. In the weeks following the Awards Night,

which was excellently hosted by John Griff, it was great to see so many firms continuing to revel in its success on social media and many contacted us to offer their congratulations. In the face of other business competitions

we’re well on our way to ensuring these Northamptonshire Business Awards are the county’s premier business awards. I’m proud that two of our winners have

since won awards at the East Midlands regional finals of the Chamber Business Awards. Well done to Barker Shoes Ltd for winning Digital Communications Campaign of the Year and ID Card Centre Ltd for winning Best Use of Technology and High Growth Business of the Year. We’re now waiting with bated breath to see how they will do at this month’s national finals.

Paul Griffiths Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Kerr of Wilson Browne Solicitors with the winning team from Barker Shoes Ltd Winner: Barker Shoes Ltd

A historic shoemaker has walked off with the top prize of £10,000 at the Northamptonshire Business Awards. Barker Shoes Ltd has been making shoes in

the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton since 1880 and today its craftspeople produce around 200,000 pairs of hand lasted sewn shoes every year. In the late 1980s it built a new factory and

offices and its footwear factory is considered to be one of the finest in Europe and employs a highly skilled local labour force. International manager Ray Willmoth said:

“We are so proud to be part of the vibrant business community we have here in Northamptonshire. “There was an incredible amount of talent

at the Northamptonshire Business Awards so to have won the top prize is wonderful. “As a company we are constantly evolving

the brand. We can’t stand still but at the same time we feel it’s important to respect our heritage and the people that have come before us as we move into the future.” Andrew Kerr, of headline sponsor Wilson

Browne Solicitors, explained why Barker Shoes Ltd was chosen as the overall winner.

He said: “It was really tough choosing from

such deserving businesses; already winners in their own right. At Wilson Browne Solicitors we aim to be all the help you need, a sentiment echoed in the winner’s ethos. Barker Shoes Ltd demonstrated a strong record of working with others, facing challenges together, being willing to embrace new ways of working and to measure output. Valuing the customer experience as well as their staff, growing their brand, and demonstrating financial performance are all factors that left my fellow judges and I with a clear winner.” The £10,000 prize was donated by

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce which organised the prestigious awards ceremony that was attended by around 300 leading business people from across the county. Category winners also received £1,000 in marketing support from the Chamber.

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