Celebrating Pride of Stratford

By IH Thursday 10 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 07:55

THE PRIDE of Stratford will be celebrated next month.

Organisers, local radio station 102 Touch FM, have revealed the list of finalists who are up for the second annual Pride of Stratford Awards, sponsored by Barclays and DCS Europe.

The awards - a mix of business and community awards - will be presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn on February 1.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of four judges which included last year’s ‘Stratford Pride Award’ winner and CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Diana Owen, Chairman of Stratford District Council Neville Beamer, Tom Horton from Barclays, and Touch FM CEO Steve Orchard.

Mr Orchard said: “My fellow judges and I were extremely impressed with the standard of nominations. I love reading so many wonderfully positive stories of success from around here and all of the judges agreed that narrowing the nominations in each category to just three finalists was a huge challenge.

“I’d like to congratulate every single one of our finalists and whether they walk away with a trophy on the night or not, they’ve done a fantastic job to reach the final stages of the competition. If you weren’t selected as a finalist this year, I do hope that you’ll come back and next year to tell us of your continued success.

There are only a few tickets to the awards ceremony remaining. Tickets include a five course meal, wines and a drinks reception. Call Touch FM on 01926 485600 for further details.

The finalists are:

Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by NFU Mutual

Bright Assessing

DCS Europe Plc

Home Instead

Small Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Bright Assessing

Grants Bakeries

Pilates Place

The Big Fish

Town Centre Outlet of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratforward

Gemini

Harmony Health & Beauty Clinic

Sew Me Something

Green Business of the Year 2013

Ettington Chase Hotel

Lilliput

Valpak

Hospitality Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Holiday Inn

Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club

The Golden Cross

The One Elm

Team of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Premier Inn

Civic Hall Team

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Dig for Shakespeare Team

Stratford River Festival Team

Customer Care Award 2013 – sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Bromford Support South Warwickshire

The One Elm

PetShopBowl.co.uk

Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford on Avon District Council

Adam Taylor & Lexi Tamasan

Harriet Evans

Julia Fallon

Large Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Wright Hassall Solicitors

Claire Wright

Denys Shortt OBE

Krissy Charles-Jones

Tourism Initiative of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Really Useful Tourism Group

Olympic Opening Big Screen Event

Stratford Food Festival

Stratford Town Walk

Arts Organisation of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company

Civic Hall

Orchestra of the Swan

Tread the Boards Theatre Company

Citizen of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Orbit Heart of England

Craig Hughes

Francis Prentice

Martin Gorrick

Roy Bacon

Carer of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Nuffield Health

Kevin Regester

Michelle Randall

Rose Findon

Educator of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford Town Trust

Juliet Short

Rachael Perry

Sarah Davis

Young Achiever of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Guy Salmon Land Rover

Brandon Hitchman

Thomas and Harry Richman

Verney Cull

Stratford Pride Award 2013 – sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

Marion Morgan

Mary Coleman

PC Trevor Hall

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