Small and medium sized businesses from the Milton Keynes area dominate the shortlist for a new set of local awards.
A panel of 13 judges has drawn up the shortlist in the first FSB Buckinghamshire Business Awards, the final of which will be held on December 5 at Horwood House.
David Knowles Leak, regional chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said: “These shortlisted companies can be very proud that a panel of judges has looked at their businesses and concluded they are worthy of an award.
“Getting to this stage is a huge achievement for the individual companies involved and looking at the shortlist as a whole it reflects a really brilliant Buckinghamshire. The awards dinner will be a fantastic occasion for winners and to think this is just the first year! It’s simply superb.”
The Milton Keynes finalists are:
In the category Best E-Business, the city’s flag is being flown by FrameMaker MK Ltd, in Bridgeturn Avenue, Old Wolverton.
In the category Best New Business, Buckingham Equine Vets, in Wicken Park Road, Wicken, is up for the top accolade alongside Sweetness & Delight Wedding Cakes, Newport Road, Woolstone, Milton Keynes.
Buckingham Equine Vets has also been shortlisted in the Enterprising Business category, alongside Mirus IT, Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood and Osborne Morris and Morgan Solicitors, in Bletchley.
The Milton Keynes Business of the Year category will be competed for by Elixsoft Limited, in Silbury Boulevard, FrameMaker MK Ltd, in Bridgeturn Avenue, Old Wolverton, Parc Ellis Solutions Ltd, in Milton Keynes Business Centre, Foxhunter Drive, Sweetness & Delight Wedding Cakes, in Newport Road, Woolstone, and Walters Snowdon Advertising Ltd, in Hasting House, Auckland Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
In the category Networking Group of the Year, ENIGMA, in The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, is in with a fair chance.
The award for Service Excellence shortlist comprises Mirus IT, Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood, and Osborne Morris and Morgan Solicitors, Bletchley.
The Stony Stratford Business of the Year award sees Calcutta Brasserie, St Pauls Court, High Street, pitched against Marc Davies Bespoke Interiors Ltd, in London Road, and TFA, in Market Square.
In their search for the Training and Development award, the judges have shortlisted Arcana Group of Salons, in Egerton Gate, Shenley Brook End.
Paul Tomlinson, of Mirus IT, Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood, is shortlisted for the Real Life Entrepreneur with Melvin Hurley, of Milton Keynes Executive Action, Oldbrook.
And in the Young Business Person category Mark Davies, of Bespoke Interiors Ltd, London Road, Stony Stratford has been shortlisted with Paul Chapman, of Elixsoft Limited, in Silbury Boulevard.