An Island First! Brightbulb Win South Coast Small Business of the Year.

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South Coast business award winners
South Coast Award winners Simon Rhodes (Senior Partner, Trethowans Solicitors), Maureen Frost (Hampshire Chamber of Commerce), Fiona and Matthew Jeffery of Brightbulb Design and Sir Geoff Hurst. (Photo supplied by Southern Daily Echo)

Brightbulb Design is thrilled to announce that we have won the South Coast Small Business of the year award at the eighth annual South Coast Business Awards. The award ceremony was held at the prestigious Ageas Bowl, Hilton in Southampton this past Friday (13th July). Brightbulb have become the very first Isle of Wight business to be nominated at the awards and to take home the trophy. The awards cover the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and is run by the Daily Echo with Trethowans Solicitors as the event sponsor.

Brightbulb project manager, Fiona Jeffery commented,

“We cant believe it, we are so, so happy to have been recognised as Small Business of the Year across the whole of the South Coast and Hampshire. We were up against Paul Basham AssociatesJ Williams and Co Accountants and Digi Toolbox all of which are amazing businesses. We honestly didn’t expect to win so this has made all the hard work worthwhile and we look forward to an even brighter future.”

South Coast business award table
At our table with New Place Hotel and Col-Tec Solutions

The Small business of the year category was sponsored by the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and is presented to a dynamic company with less than 25 employees which demonstrates all round excellence in business. The judging focussed on financial performance, future objectives and the companies competitive advantage of the business, as well as examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth, innovation and creativity with up to £5 million turnover.

The evening was hosted by Simon Rhodes of Trethowans Solicitors with guest speaker, World Cup legend, Sir Geoff Hurst. A fitting host in this World Cup year. Geoff who has become a successful businessman in his own right away from the football scene is still the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final and one of the few England players to have lifted the World Cup for England in the legendary 1966 final.

South Coast Awards with Sir Geoff Hurst
With Sir Geoff Hurst after the presentation

Matt Jeffery, Founder and Managing Director of Brightbulb said,

“What an evening! Not only to win the Small Business of the year award across the South of England but to be handed the trophy by an icon like Sir Geoff Hurst made the moment monumental. We have and continue to work incredibly hard at Brightbulb to push the business forward and do things differently and being the first Island business to pick up an award here is massive for us and great for the Island.”

To see more pictures and footage of the evening click here.

South Coast business award winners
A celebration of all the winners on the night (photo supplied by Southern Daily Echo)

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