The success and strength of the borough’s businesses was celebrated at the Rugby Business Excellence Awards 2015.
The glamorous event on Friday evening, sponsored by FRS-Staff Solutions, saw the business community come together to recognise the hard work and commitment shown throughout the year.
This year’s event was hosted by former England rugby star Rory Underwood.
The top prize of the night went to Cafe Vin Cinq, who picked up Business of the Year and the Marketing and Communication award.
Anna Stansbie, general manager of Cafe Vin Cinq, in High Street, said it was a wonderful evening.
“The awards are testament to the amazing staff we have and our amazing customers. Going to work isn’t like going to work at all, it’s fun and we are given total freedom to express ourselves by the partners that own the business.
It is a privilege to work there and these awards mean the world to usAnna Stansbie, general manager of Cafe Vin Cinq
“Everyone is celebrated for being themselves and our customers appreciate that. It is a privilege to work there and these awards mean the world to us as everyone puts in so much hard work, it’s incredible to have that recognised.
“Thank you so much to everyone involved.”
Sammantha Selby from Fancy Me Ltd, based in Great Central Way, scooped Business Person of the Year.
“It’s an amazing compliment and I’m pleased my hard work and determination to succeed has been recognised,” she said.
“It means so much to me that I have made my family and children proud, and continue to be a positive role model for them growing up, showing that hard work and ambition can get you as far as you want to go.
“My award is also a reflection on my fabulous staff - without them I wouldn’t have a business so they really should be commended too.”
The team at Urban Beauty were thrilled to receive the award for Long Standing Business.
Lucy Smith, owner of the Church Street salon, said it was an incredible and emotional evening.
“We are so, so proud to win the award,” she said.
“It means the world to me. We have been open for ten years and it is incredible to be recognised for our hard work.
“We have come along way over the last ten years and it feels like we have proved ourselves - it was an emotional evening.”
Small Business of the Year went to traditional store Sweet Retreat, based in Hillmorton Road.
Owner Hannah Evans said she was shocked but delighted to win the award.
“Our sales have been great since opening and we always provide really good customer service but we were shocked to win the award as the competition was so good.”
The Excellence in Customer Care award went to Cadman Homes, which were finalists for three awards.
Valerie Cadman-Jones, director of the Castle Street business, said she was very proud of her team for their hard work and dedication.
“The team works incredibly hard and always puts our customers first. It is absolutely fantastic to win the award and get through to the final for two others,” she said.
Large Business of the Year went to Anya Court, Hallmark Care Homes.
Customer relationship manager, Karen Handley, said the award recognised the team’s efforts to build a strong community relationship.
She added: “We would like to thank our care team, our residents and the community for supporting our mission to help our residents live active, independent and fulfilled lives.”
Technology and entertainment store CEX picked up the Town Centre Outlet award.
Dave Norton, manager of the Clock Towers store, said the team were ecstatic after winning the award.
“We like to deliver a different customer service experience to everyone that comes through the door, so their visit is unique, and it’s great to see that they like that.”
New Business of the Year went to Lorax Compliance Ltd, based in Valley Drive.
Subscan Technology, in Somers Road, picked up the award for Innovation and Technology.