Testimonials

Thinking of entering? Your business can benefit hugely by taking part. But don’t just take our word for it.

Here are a selection of testimonials from past entrants of the competition: –

Best of British Beer

Winner of the Business Boost ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ Award 2012

“We were both surprised and delighted to have won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in last year’s Business Boost Competition. As a newly formed company, with only a year’s trading, we thought we had little chance of success, but we found the whole process both informative and great fun too. To win the money was obviously brilliant and we’ve used that to launch our ‘Virtual Brewery’ project, but the requirement to produce a realistic and achievable business plan has been critical to our success. Some businesses might think that entering competitions takes up too much valuable time, but I believe it gives you the discipline needed to plan for the future.

“Best of British Beer has gone from strength to strength since entering the Business Boost Awards. Our income has exceeded expectations, we’ve taken on 2 part time employees, moved to a much bigger warehouse and started exporting beers around the world. On a more local basis, we’ve made some great business contacts, raised our profile in the North Staffordshire area and enlisted the help of a management consultant through the Growth Accelerator programme.”

Will Sherwin, Director

JSW Insurance Services

Winner of the Business Boost ‘Customer Focus’ Award 2012

“We not only entered the 2012 Newcastle Business Boost Awards but were fortunate enough to win the award for customer focus. Having made this a key component to our business we were delighted with the recognition & publicity we obtained as a result of entering the competition. I would recommend entering Newcastle Business Boost Awards if you would like to further exploit the potential of your business.”

Nathan Walton, Managing Director

Park Hill Farm

Winner of the Business Boost ‘Impact on the Borough’ Award 2012

“We were delighted to be selected as winners of the Business Boost Competition,  in the “Impact on the Borough” category, being recognised for the farm, farm butchery shop, and farm educational visits we undertake. Our cash prize created photo opportunities in the local papers, and also help pay for a revamp of our website, which is still on going. We were also able to take up the mentoring scheme package through the Chamber of Commerce, and we have started to research two projects with the help of our mentors. The first being the setting up of a social enterprise to further the education work we do with schools, clubs and societies on the farm.  The second, is bringing a new product to market through an innovate marketing route. We know there are other benefits to winning this competition, and look forward to being able to take advantage of them as and when the time arises.

We see the first 12 months of being a Business Boost winner as being very exciting and focused, thanks to all the help we are receiving as winners. We also anticipate the ongoing help to continue as our business grows. Thank you to all of the professional people who are involved with this worthy competition.”

Pat Pimlott, Owner

24 I.S.

Second Prize Winner of the Business Boost ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ Award 2012

“Being part of the Business Boost Awards was a great experience and a fantastic networking opportunity, and we would not hesitate to recommend it to other companies who are seeking to raise awareness of their business in the local area.”

Tim Jones, Director

ELITE CIC Ltd

Winner 2009

“Before Business Boost, we were just getting on with the daily demands of running the business. But having to present a business plan made us stop and think where we can go from here.”

Val Mackenzie, Business Development Manager

DTL

Winner 2008

“The Award gave us local publicity, and the citation, which we use on our web site, gives our potential customers a marker for how the company is doing ……it’s an excellent platform as part of our marketing strategy.”

Professor Jon Heylings, Chairman