THE finalists have been announced for the area’s top business competition of the year. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2014 take place at the Bank House on Thursday, July 10 and a whole host of local companies and business people will now be waiting in anticipation.

Hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter Howard Bentham, the event will be attended by more than 350 business professionals and the winners of a number of the categories will automatically be included in the British Chamber of Commerce National Business Awards, where previous successes have included Herefordshire’s Tyrrells Potato Crisps, which received £50,000 as a winner of the outstanding business achievement award in 2007.

Chamber chief executive Mike Ashton said: “The Chamber is here to support business and our awards are a prestigious recognition of business success which can really raise profile of a winning business, both locally and nationally. It is inspiring to be celebrating the achievements of so many outstanding local companies.”

The finalists are:

Excellence in innovation: Gtech – Worcester; IA Technology Ltd – Hereford; IE Developments Limited – Hereford; Kinetic Six Limited – Hereford; Pulsar Process Measurement Ltd – Malvern and SMH Fleet Solutions Limited – Worcester.

Most promising new business: Allvalves Online Ltd – Pershore; Gravity Credit Control Ltd – Worcester; Kinetic Six Limited – Hereford and Worcestershire Enterprise Ltd – Worcester.

Sustainability: Cargill – Hereford; Kingspan Insulation – Hereford and Thomas Vale Construction – Stourport on Severn.

Manufacturer of the year: AirTube Technologies Limited – Kidderminster; Kingspan Insulation – Hereford and Morgan Technologies Limited – Malvern.

Small business of the year: Avensys UK Ltd – Kidderminster; Bee Design Consultancy Ltd – Redditch, Orchard Valley Foods Limited – Tenbury Wells and Titania Ltd – Worcester.

Best use of technology to improve your business: Compco Fire Systems Ltd – Worcester; Gemporia – Redditch and Kinder Pocock – Hereford.

Exporter of the year: Allteko Ltd – Worcester; Apreco Limited – Bromyard and Morgan Technologies Limited – Malvern.

Most outstanding young person in a business: George Hudson of Allteko Ltd – Worcester; Adam Chapman of Allvalves Online Ltd – Pershore; Tom Leavesley of People Experts Limited – Worcester and Matthew Davis of QinetiQ Ltd – Malvern.

Commitment to people development: QinetiQ – Malvern; Thomas Vale Constructions – Stourport on Severn and Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd – Worcester.

Growth business of the year: Dry Like Me Ltd – Worcester; Gtech – Worcester; Speller Metcalfe – Malvern and Titania Ltd – Worcester.

Commitment to supporting health and wellbeing in the workplace (Worcestershire businesses only): CH2M Hill United Kingdom; Southco Manufacturing Ltd; Titania Ltd and University of Worcester.

All of the winners will be entered into the business of the year category.

The Chamber is supporting the Prince’s Trust charity for this year’s awards and for more information and to book tickets visit or

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