As a member of the Surrey Hills Enterprises I was delighted to have had the opportunity to attend the very first awards event at the Barnett Hill Hotel in Wonersh on Wednesday 27th February.
It was not only a chance to see a newly developed and refurbished local hotel first hand but also to be able to connect with a diverse range of successful local businesses with a common goal – to raise profiles and increase connections across Surrey and the surrounding areas to potential customers, supporters and other companies and organisations.
Our hosts Surrey Hills Enterprises provided an informative and very interesting range of presenters as well as an opportunity to network with other members to collaborate with local business partners who truly add value to the local economy.
Surrey Hills Enterprises was set up in 2012 and has grown to a membership of 87 partners. Ann Moriarty from Surrey Hills Enterprises spoke about the prestigious Surrey Hills Trade Mark Award which is awarded to member businesses who have demonstrated their credentials in a number of areas, but particularly The Trade Mark provides members with a recognised visible endorsement of local provenance and accreditation and is a mark of quality. It is a clear demonstration of support for the local area and communicates social responsibility.
Jim Glover, High Sheriff of Surrey made several awards – a new category introduced this year ‘Young entrepreneur Award’ – presented to 2 young individuals – Luke Whatley Bigg for his engaging film and photography work with the Surrey Hills and also Jack Kerr from JK Forges – for his skills and workmanship also with the Surrey Hills Enterprises in October 2018.
This year 2 Gold Trade Mark awards were made to Clandon Wood Nature Reserve – Simon Ferrar accepted the award and spoke about the progress has been made in the last few years since the project was set up – and also Shere Kitchens who have planted their first Elm trees in collaboration with Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to connect two populations of the rare butterfly and enhance the Surrey Hills. A fantastic collaboration between Surrey Hills Enterprises Members.
Surrey Hills Enterprises also welcomed their new corporate partners Lexus Guildford, Kier and Gatwick airport along with long standing supporters Charles Russell Speechleys, Wilkins Kennedy & Birtley House.
The partnership with Lexus Guildford is important in supporting the local environment and inspiring its customers to explore the Surrey Hills and enjoy the outdoors. Wendy Preston, General Manager of Lexus Guildford said: ‘Lexus has got the largest range of self-charging hybrid vehicles of any luxury manufacturer and with that in mind we are conscious that as a brand we encourage a positive impact on society as a whole. It’s rewarding to know that our support is helping the local community while promoting the fantastic days out that Surrey Hills offer.’
Surrey Hills Enterprises welcome the opportunity to connect with more local businesses in support of this initiative and develop the Surrey Hills Trademark.
Written by Sarah Bishop – VantagePoint Magazine – ‘Your best view of what’s going on locally’ – Proud holders of the Surrey Hills Enterprises Trademark