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Winners of the Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2023 revealed





The winners of the 2023 Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards have been revealed at a glittering black tie ceremony.

Featuring entrants from a wide range of sectors, the awards demonstrated once again the varied, vibrant and entrepreneurial nature of the county’s business community.

The Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2023 winners at The Cambridge County Club. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2023 winners at The Cambridge County Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Held at the five-star Cambridge Country Club in Bourn on Thursday night (September 28), a packed house witnessed sustainable packaging company NaturePac being crowned the overall winner on the night.

It also won the South Cambridgeshire District Council-sponsored Sustainability Award, with managed office services supplier ASL Group taking the silver in that category.

It was also a great night for Duxford-based Welch’s Transport, which took home two golds - in the Product Heads Business Innovation and Business of the Year (more than 50 employees) categories.

There was also double success for Domainex, the integrated drug discovery CRO, which took home Growth Works High Growth Business of the Year for the second time and secured silver in the Business of the Year (more than 50 employees) category.

Business of the Year (less than 50 employees) went to Hera Beauty, the Peterborough-based personal care manufacturer, with Cambridge visual effects specialist Vine FX taking silver.

Cambridge-based architecture firm WindsorPatania took gold in the Best Enterprising Business category, with partner Ryan Windsor earning a bronze in the Business Person of the Year category, won by Sharon Livermore, of Kameo Recruitment, with Ahmed Ejaz, of Cambridge Spectacle Co taking silver. Jessica Duke, also from Cambridge Spectacle Co, triumphed in the Young Business Person of the Year category

Business Woman of the Year went to Jade Holly Smith, of The Saddle Bank, and the Peterborough-based equestrian business also won gold in the Service Excellence award, supported by our returning headline sponsor, Cambridge-based Barr Ellison Law.

Barr Ellison also sponsored Property Industry Business of the Year, reflecting its expertise in the industry. Arnold & Willis Construction took home the gold, with OpenArch scooping silver.

Meanwhile, there was success for Cambridge Science Centre, which earned gold in The Cambridge Building Society Community Business of the Year category, while the @Inc (MENTA) Best New Business went to the exciting SMi Drug Discovery.

Editor Paul Brackley said: “Congratulations to all our winners. We had a terrific set of entries this year, reflecting the dynamic nature of the business community here. I’d like to thank our judging panel for their work and our sponsors for enabling us to host these awards.

“Everyone shortlisted tonight should be proud of their achievements.”

Many of the winners will now go on to compete in the SME National Business Awards.

You can see all the winners below and look out for our gallery of pictures from the night, which are now available at photos.cambridgeindependent.co.uk, where you will be able to order JPEGs or prints.

We’ll have a special winners’ supplement, with photos from the night and reaction in the next edition of the Cambridge Independent, out from Wednesday, October 4.

The sponsors of the 2023 Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards
The sponsors of the 2023 Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards

The 2023 Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards winners

Best Enterprising Business

Gold winner: WindsorPatania
Silver winner: Modern World Business Solutions

@Inc (MENTA) Best New Business

Gold winner: SMi Drug Discovery
Silver winner: MathsFit

Product Heads Business Innovation

Gold winner: Welch's Transport Ltd
Silver winner: Toby's Favourites

Business of the Year less than 50 Employees

Gold winner: Hera Beauty
Silver winner: Vine FX Ltd

Business of the Year more than 50 Employees

Gold winner: Welch's Transport Ltd
Silver winner: Domainex Limited

Business Person of the Year

Gold winner: Sharon Livermore - Kameo Recruitment
Silver winner: Ahmed Ejaz - Cambridge Spectacle Co
Bronze winner: Ryan Windsor - WindsorPatania

Business Woman of the Year

Gold winner: Jade Holly Smith - The Saddle Bank
Silver winner: Olivia Cutforth - Beyond A Princess
Bronze winner: Sohini Biswas - Skat Ltd

The Cambridge Building Society Community Business of the Year

Gold winner: Cambridge Science Centre
Silver winner: Fenland Families and Baby Bank CIC

Employer of the Year

Gold winner: The ONE Group
Silver winner: Owlstone Medical Ltd

Family Business of the Year

Gold winner: Libra Interiors
Silver winner: Guardtech Group

Growth Works High Growth Business of the Year

Gold winner: Domainex Limited
Silver winner: Hera Beauty

Hospitality Business of the Year

Gold winner: Gonville Hotel
Silver winner: The Station House

Networking Group of the Year

Gold winner: Cambridge Cleantech
Silver winner: CONEXEN

Barr Ellison Property Industry Business of the Year

Gold winner: Arnold & Willis Construction
Silver winner: OpenArch

Barr Ellison Service Excellence

Gold winner: The Saddle Bank
Silver winner: Vero HR

South Cambridgeshire District Council Sustainability Award

Gold winner: NaturePac
Silver winner: ASL Group

Website of the Year

Gold winner: bit.bio
Silver winner: Corazon Health Ltd

Young Business Person of the Year

Gold winner: Jessica Duke - Cambridge Spectacle Co
Silver winner: Mia Di Paola - Front Cover Dog Grooming
Bronze winner: Sam Cooke - Blue Bricks Magazine

Overall winner

NaturePac



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