A social enterprise company set up as a spin-off from the NHS is among the Bedford firms and entrepreneurs who took away a raft of category wins from the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards.
Community Dental Services (CDS), based in Manton Lane, Bedford Heights, Bedford, but providing services around Bedfordshire and beyond, won the prized service excellence category, sponsored by Cross.
CDS was formed as Social Enterprise Community Interest Company (CIC) in March 2011 as a spin-off from the NHS under the Department of Health Right-to-Request initiative. The judges, at the awards held on Thursday, June 26, said they were providing a “unique community service.”
Bespoke PA company Office Wings, of Bedford I-lab, Priory Business Park, Stannard Way, Bedford won the Best New Business category, sponsored by Wenta.
The judges said Office Wings is an “excellent business concept”.
Community Life Magazine, of Bedford, won the Business Innovation title, sponsored by White Hart Press, pipping runner-up JTM Plumbing & Heating Services, of Stotfold.
The Play Doctors, of Bourne End, Cranfield, and Manor Farm, Astwood, Newport Pagnell, took the title Enterprising Business, sponsored by Luton Borough Council.
The Play Doctors provides training and resources to support disabled children.
Wendy Usher, director and author at The Play Doctors, said: “The Play Doctors work to support disabled children and do what they do because they want to make a difference. This award is a fantastic endorsement of our work and reflects the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers. One disabled young lady said: “I love The Play Doctors, they let me join in and even let me climb a tree” – this is what we are about helping all children to be included.
“The awards evening was brilliant, enjoyed by all and left us on a real high, knowing our work is appreciated.”
Trademaid Limited, of Station Road Industrial Estate, Ampthill, won the Best E-Business title, sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Now the organisers are encouraging businesses to enter other awards, including those organised by Premier newspapers and the new Bedfordshire Business Champion Category in the East of England Business Champions www.eofebusinesschampions.co.uk
Awards spokesman Damian Cummins said: “Awards are the great secret of business marketing. We would encourage businesses to enter them all, not just ours.”