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Principal Sponsor - Trethowans Solicitors

As a leading law firm on the South Coast, Trethowans is delighted to support these prestigious business awards. The South Coast Business of the Year Awards will once again recognise and promote the excellence of South Coast businesses.

Trethowans provides a comprehensive range of legal services for business and for individual clients. Trethowans represents household brand names, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and major regional employers across England. When acting for individuals, we represent landowners, entrepreneurs, local families, property developers and Trustees, among others. Clients value the firm’s ability to deliver top-quality, expert advice, on time and in a very personable manner whilst being very good value for money.

The overall winner of the South Coast Business of the Year Awards really needs to be a special business. There are lots of excellent companies to choose from and it is great to hear all their stories.

This overall winner's award reflects the greatest passion, excellence and hard work.

“At Trethowans, we are once again very proud to be actively supporting the South Coast business community, through great awards like this." - Simon Rhodes, Senior Partner & Head of Employment


Category Sponsors


Celebrating excellence across the Solent region, we are proud to be supporting the South Coast Business Awards.

Whether building your local network or a global presence, we could help your business achieve its next breakthrough. We approach every business as an individual relationship and strive to make banking straightforward, so you can focus on what is important to your business.

That’s why our clients get a dedicated Relationship Director. We believe credit partners should meet you directly, so our decisions are as transparent as possible. We work hard to do right by you and your business now and in the long term.

Simple, Personal, Fair - what a bank should be.


Meachers Global Logistics

Meachers Global Logistics is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of freight and logistics services. We provide customers with complete solutions to their Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain Management, UK Warehousing, Distribution, Training, Logistics and Contract Management requirements.Our business is built around our core values of quality, service and expertise. We combine industry knowledge and know-how with best practices to drive efficiencies and stay one step ahead of market demands.

Meachers Global Logistics was formed in 1958 and operates from both Southampton and Derby. We are also the exclusive UK partners of the Global Freight Group network, which allows us to truly Deliver Excellence – Worldwide.

“This is the first year that Meachers Global Logistics has been involved with the South Coast Business Awards and we are proud to do so. As a family run business we try our best to help and support the local business community and we felt this year it was time to recognise some of the fantastic businesses we have on the South Coast.

The Meachers Sustainable Business Awards will really help to showcase all of the businesses within the region who are going above and beyond to commit themselves to sustainability both environmentally and commercially. We can wait to see what the South Coast Business have to offer,” said Gary Whittle Commercial Director


Southampton City Council

Southampton City Council is working with its partners to bring about a significant and ambitious transformation of the whole city with a strong emphasis on delivering the city centre master plan. Our ambition is to create a connected, economically prosperous city, where everyone thrives.

To achieve this we are driving major new developments across the city so far totaling more than £1.6 billion investment, upgrading what we already have and re-establishing our relationship with the sea.

Residents’ needs and wellbeing are at the heart of the developments we are planning and there is a specific focus on job creation and economic development. Some key developments such as West Quay South, SeaCity Museum, the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute are now in place and others such as Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa, Fruit and Vegetable Market, Studio 144, Meridian Waterside and Centenary Quay at Woolston are under construction. Many more development projects such as Royal Pier Waterfront, the Central Business District, former Bargate Shopping Centre and Chapel Riverside are in the pipeline. The regeneration of our estates is a reality, with a significant build programme in progress, and ambitious future schemes planned. Delivering modern and strong communities, where residents have access to employment opportunities in the city is central to our overarching city vision.

The creation of new jobs from within our local community will make a key contribution towards our city’s prosperity.

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: "We have an outstanding businesses community in Southampton; a huge wealth of talent, innovation and specialisms that ensure that our city continues to make waves around the world.

We wish to encourage our businesses to play a role in delivering quality employment that recognises and develops the talents of their workforce, provides excellent terms and conditions for their employees, and plays a positive role within the wider community of the city.”


British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco’s operation in Southampton plays a crucial role in our global business and now employs over 1,200 people. Our site in Millbrook is now home to three global strategic functions; R&D which is proudly leading our industry in science, technology and innovation, mainly focused on next generation tobacco and nicotine products, Leaf Operations who source and manage the tobacco leaf for the whole business and our Supply Network Operations who manage our entire global supply chain.

Our 104-year history with the city of Southampton demonstrates our long-term commitment to the region making us very proud to sponsor the award for ‘Commitment to the Region’ at the 2017 South Coast Business Awards.

This category recognises businesses and organisations that support and grow the region’s economy through skills development, community initiatives, local supply chains and employment opportunities. They are ambassadors for the region and champion the South Coast as a great place to do business.

“As a long-term investor in the region, we are keen to recognise businesses or organisations that can demonstrate their commitment to the South Coast area. It’s not just about employment opportunities, skills development and business expansion, it’s the whole package right through to local supply chains, supporting the local community and ultimately showcasing this area as a great place to do business.” - Alex Osborne, Senior Communications Manager, British American Tobacco


Moore Stephens

Chartered Accountants Moore Stephens South are proud to be sponsoring the Owner Managed Business category for the South Coast Business Awards. The awards ceremony is a huge date in the South region business calendar, showcasing exceptional businesses and providing the chance to network with peers - we are delighted to be a part of it. At Moore Stephens we pride ourselves on our personal, partner-led approach to a vast array of clients, including start-ups, owner managed and family businesses, not for profit organisations and private clients from our five locations in the South. Whether you have started out in business or are facing challenges due to rapid growth, we will be there for you at every stage to provide the support you need, whenever you need it.

“We are looking forward to being involved in the South Coast Business Awards and launching a new category for Owner Managed Businesses. The business community in Southampton is very strong and we are keen to recognise small to medium businesses that can demonstrate solid growth and a strong financial performance. The awards will act as a fantastic gateway for businesses across the South region to showcase their talent.” - Stuart Datlen, Managing Partner of the Moore Stephens Southampton office.


Winchester Motor Company / Skoda

Winchester Motor Company is the main Skoda retailer for the Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke area. We are also an Authorised Volkswagen service agent and have been serving the people of Hampshire since 1965. We were inducted onto the London Stock Exchanges list of the top 1000 business to inspire Britain in 2015 and we were also shortlisted for growth awards in the National Motor Trader awards and both the Solent and South Coast Business Awards in the same year.

We are a family run business and we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and value for money. In 2008 we won the Skoda retailer of the year award and have been shortlisted six out of the nine years since because of our high level of performance and customer satisfaction.

We are one of only ten approved Skoda fleet centers throughout the country and we can cater a deal to suit every need including special deals for Taxi operators. Through our new leasing department we can also supply all makes of vehicle from Suzuki to Mercedes at very competitive prices (www.wmgleasing.co.uk).

As customer satisfaction is essential to our business ethos we are very proud to sponsor the Customer Service Award at the South Coast Business Awards.

“Winchester Skoda is proud to be a partner of the South Coast Business Awards for the second year in the category of Customer Service Award. In the ever changing world of business, customer satisfaction is key for long term success and profitability of any company and we are looking for businesses to demonstrate that Customer Service is their key priority.” - Mark Mills-Goodlet, Managing Director


Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson’s South Coast office provides a full range of accountancy and tax services and a flexible approach which allows us to accommodate both your individual requirements and the needs of the business. The firm, the eighth largest in the UK is also a member of Nexia International, a leading global network of independent accountancy firms operating in 110 countries.

The South Coast office, in the heart of Southampton at Cumberland Place, provides audit and accounting services, tax advice and compliance, corporate finance, and restructuring and recovery services to local growing businesses. Clients range from corporate, individuals and professional practices to non-profit organisations.

"We have really enjoyed being involved with the South Coast Business Awards for the last 7 years. We are impressed with the growth of businesses on the South Coast and proud to stand beside them. We advise many businesses helping and supporting them to overcome the challenges of scaling up. We are proud to sponsor the Growth award this year. In the current environment, we would expect to draw up our shortlist from those businesses that have demonstrated growth in any area of their business, be it staff numbers, locations, profits or turnover. Inevitably such initiatives will be backed by strong management, a collaborative culture, innovation and some good looking financials." - Paul Duckworth, a Business Tax partner with the firm


Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Taylor Made Computer Solutions, based in Fareham, is one of the Solent region’s largest IT service providers. Since 1994 the company has been delivering professional IT solutions for businesses, education, local authorities and charities based in and around central Southern England.

At the heart of the business is Taylor Made’s unique IT BusinessCare offering that provides a well proven strategic engagement process to help identify, document and recommend the right level of support services for your business including connectivity, outsourcing or full hosted solutions. Taylor Made has the skills, commitment and resources to help, support and enhance your business. Taylor Made has a strong reputation for working with businesses across the South Coast to identify, implement and support the best technology to help drive efficiency into business.

“Taylor Made Computer Solutions are proud to again be sponsoring the Best Use of Technology Award at the South Coast Business Awards. Being a technology company ourselves, we are always keen to help showcase and reward new and innovative uses of technology where it is showing benefit to businesses and consumers. There is no better showcase for technology than this award.” - Nigel Taylor, Managing Director


Hampshire Chamber

Hampshire Chamber has a membership of over 1,700 business organisations of all sectors and sizes. The range of business needs that the Chamber meets is wide and diverse. FREE legal advice through to help with exporting. Informative events with the Bank of England through to team building events such as the annual activity day at Chewton Glen which has included duck herding, archery and treasure hunting!

Helping your business to make better connections, be better prepared and better informed. From our Meet the Chamber events providing low cost opportunities to exhibit through to the South Hampshire Meet The Buyer Event which last year generated hundreds of thousands worth of business for the Hampshire Business Community.

The Chamber also helps with HR and Training matters and all for the cost of a one off membership. The Chamber not only supports business to do business, but provides a more influential voice to the business community locally and nationally through our Accreditation to British Chambers of Commerce. That’s why Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is the first choice for companies and why our members join and stay with us year after year.

“These awards go from strength to strength and we look forward to discovering some exciting small businesses who are embracing opportunities, overcoming challenges and are the rising stars of our business community.” - Maureen Frost

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