The finalists have been announced in this year’s prestigious Somerset Business Awards, with companies, charities and individuals from across the county vying for the honours.

Pictured at their meeting to decide the Somerset Business Awards 2022 finalists are judges and sponsors, from left, Nick Porter of Barclays, Andy Cockcroft of Hinkley Point C, Ian Porter of Weston College, Tim Walker of Clarke Willmott, Lizzie Ginbey of Teapot Creative, Neil Discombe of Garador, Michael Cahill of Albert Goodman, Alan Smith of Enterprise South West, Emma Warren of Elite Staffing Solutions, Ben Lee of PKF Francis Clark, Alison Smith of Brook Financial Services and Somerset Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Emma Rawlings. Not pictured are judges Evelyn Adfield of Porter Dodson, Paul Lowndes of Gravity and Durgan Cooper of CETSAT.

Judges faced a tough time whittling down a record-breaking number of entries in this year’s awards, which are run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

The 2022 finalists come from all corners of the county, including Taunton, Wellington, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Norton St Philip, Mark, Wiveliscombe, Weston-super-Mare, Shepton Mallet, Bradford-on-Tone, Westonzoyland, Langport, Glastonbury, Roadwater, Midsomer Norton, Ilminster, Highbridge and Cheddar.

This year is the 17th anniversary of the awards with the grand final taking place at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, in Weston-super-Mare, on March 11, hosted by BBC presenter and journalist, Claire Carter.

Somerset Chamber Executive Director, Emma Rawlings, thanked everyone who had entered the awards and said the most hotly contested categories had included Medium Business of the Year, Service Excellence and Environmental Achievement.

She said: “It was great to see so many entries from both Chamber members and non-members from all corners of the county and representing a wide range of sectors and industries.

“These awards are the largest in Somerset and are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about our diverse business community and I’m looking forward to the grand final next month.”

The 2022 finalists are:

Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Albert Goodman):

J&K Aquatics, Bridgwater

Musgrove Willows, Westonzoyland

Protek Products, Shepton Mallet


Small Business of the Year (sponsored by TDA):

AIP Welding Supplies Ltd, Bridgwater

Introtweet Ltd, Taunton

Reflex Medical Limited, Shepton Mallet


Medium Business of the Year (sponsored by Brook Financial Management):

Hippychick Ltd, Bridgwater

Lendology CIC, Bradford-on-Tone

Haven Timber Holdings Ltd, Norton St Philip


Large Business of the Year (sponsored by PKF Francis Clark):

Bradfords Building Supplies, Yeovil

Regency Purchasing Group, Weston-super-Mare

Ten Three Cleaning Ltd, Yeovil


Charity of the Year (sponsored by Clarke Willmott):

bibic, Langport

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Wellington

St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Taunton


Best Use of Technology (sponsored by Porter Dodson):

Berry & Escott, Bridgwater

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd, Taunton

Talick Group, Glastonbury


Employer of the Year (sponsored by Elite Staffing Solutions):

Alpha Housing Services Ltd, Taunton

Singer Instruments, Roadwater

WPA, Taunton


Investing in Somerset (sponsored by Hinkley Point C):

Bridges Electrical Engineers Ltd, Midsomer Norton

Cake Box Bakery, Yeovil

MMES 2012 Ltd, Bridgwater


Start-up of the Year (sponsored by Teapot Creative):

Emily Thompson Social Media Coach, Ilminster

Otterhead House, Taunton

The Birch Dementia Centre Ltd, Weston-super-Mare


Employee of the Year (sponsored by Weston College):

Ryan Werner, of AIP Welding Supplies Ltd, Bridgwater

Rebekah Blake, of The Willow Set Pre-School, Taunton


Environmental Achievement (sponsored by Gravity):

New Leaf Life Design, Bridgwater

Somerlap Forest Products Ltd, Mark

Talick Group Ltd, Glastonbury


Service Excellence (sponsored by CETSAT):

Alpha Housing Services Limited, Taunton

Container Team Ltd, Weston-super-Mare

House Fox Estate Agents, Weston-super-Mare


Somerset Manufacturer and Producer (sponsored by Garador):

E-FS Ltd, Highbridge

EPS Services & Tooling Ltd, Wiveliscombe

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd, Taunton


Rebuild and Thrive (sponsored by Barclays):

Introtweet Ltd, Taunton

Regency Purchasing Group, Weston-super-Mare

Sansum Solutions Group Limited, Cheddar