The following companies are sponsoring this years awards:

Principal Sponsor

Trethowans Solicitors

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

The overall winner of the South Coast Business of the Year Awards will need to be a great all-round business that stands-out amongst the South Coast business community. The winner will come from amongst the shortlisted business in the other categories.

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.

“Trethowans is 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:

Moore Stephens

Chartered Accountants and business advisers, 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.

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. We offer free legal advice through to help with exporting for both new and established exporters - vital with the inevitable changes that BREXIT will bring.

An Informative events programme on subjects such as Data Protection, Cyber Security, Access to finance through to speed networking and team building events such as the annual activity day at Chewton Glen which has included duck herding, archery and treasure hunting!

The Chamber also helps with HR and Training matters providing a range of free workshops 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, Chief Executive

Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Taylor Made Computer Solutions is one of the Solent region’s largest and growing IT service providers delivering tailored, fit for purpose, cost efficient professional IT solutions for businesses, education and public sector organisations.

At the heart of the business is Taylor Made’s unique Strategic Reviews that outline the prioritisation of short, medium and long term IT requirements. These reports cover a full health check and benchmark of your current IT infrastructure.

Whether you are looking for Taylor Made to simply monitor your network and applications, take on every aspect of your IT, or provide a fully hosted IT solution; Taylor Made’s bespoke service offering and data centre capability offer the perfect mix of products and solutions to keep your IT working, allowing you to focus on running 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

Winchester Motor Group

Winchester Motor Group is a family run business that has served the county of Hampshire for the last fifty-three years. The group consists of Winchester Motor Company Ltd, Garland Motors Ltd in Aldershot, WMG Leasing in Aldershot, Garland Used Car Centre and Isuzu in Aldershot and Solent Used Car Centre in Havant.

Winchester Motor Group is the number one name for Skoda in Hampshire with a territory that spreads from Southampton to Basingstoke and then east to Aldershot and Petersfield. We also hold the Isuzu Pick Up Truck and Arctic Trucks franchise for Hampshire. In Winchester we are an Authorised Volkswagen service agent and have been serving the people of Hampshire since 1965 making us the longest serving Volkswagen dealer in Hampshire. Our two used car sites specialise in Volkswagen Group cars while our WMG Leasing allows us to sell any make of new car. 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.

Winchester Motor Group has been recognised as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies and was inducted onto the London Stock Exchanges list of the top 1000 business to inspire Britain in 2015 and 2016. We have also been shortlisted for the same award this year, but for Europe.

We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction whilst offering value for money, indeed we are ‘A Family Dealership that Cares’. In 2008 Winchester Motor Company won the Skoda retailer of the year award and have been shortlisted six out of the ten years since because of our high level of performance and customer satisfaction. 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 Motor Group is proud to be a partner of the South Coast Business Awards for the third successive year in the category of Customer Service Award. In the ever-changing world of business, customer satisfaction is key for the long term success and profitability of any customer facing organisation and we are looking for businesses to demonstrate that Customer Service is at the heart of everything they do.” Mark Mills-Goodlet, Managing Director

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 ‘Outstanding Contribution to the South Coast Region’ at the 2018 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 contribution 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

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson’s South Coast office provides a full range of accountancy and tax services with a flexible approach that allows us to accommodate both 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, business and personal tax advice and compliance, corporate finance, and restructuring and recovery services to local growing businesses. Clients range from corporates, individuals and professional practices to non-profit organisations.

"We have really enjoyed being involved with the South Coast Business Awards for the last 8 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 Scale Up Business of the Year 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 staffing, 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

Meachers Global Logistics Export Award

Meachers Global Logistics is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of freight and logistics services, who provide customers with complete solutions to their Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain Management, UK Warehousing, Distribution, Training, Logistics and Contract Management requirements. Their business is built around core values of quality, service and expertise and 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 and are also the exclusive UK partners of the Global Freight Group network, which allows them to truly Deliver Excellence – Worldwide.

“This is the second year that we 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 it was time to recognise some of the fantastic businesses we have on the South Coast. The Meachers Export Award will really help to showcase all of the businesses within the region who are making an outstanding contribution to the Hampshire/UK economy through the export of products and services. We can wait to see what the South Coast Businesses have to offer,” said Gary Whittle Commercial Director