Congratulations Kestrel!

Congratulations Kestrel!

9 years ago

National Business Awards Finalists Announced 2011


KESTREL LINER AGENCIES ANNOUNCED AS FINALISTS IN TWO CATEGORIES FOR 2011 !



‘These awards,they really do show off the best of British. Category after category, celebrating outstanding achievements. The true pride of Britain and the true wealth creators in our economy’

David Cameron, PM


Over 150 of Britain’s most innovative and sustainable public and private sector businesses have been announced today, Tuesday 2nd August, as finalists of the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange. Organisations shortlisted this year range from the well-known Debenhams, JD Wetherspoon, moneysupermarket.com, BSkyB, Majestic Wine and Supergroup – through to the rising stars of Ovo Energy, Door-Stop, ShortList Media and HeartSine Technologies.


The combined turnover of all finalists this year was £96bn, - if the National Business Awards finalist organisations were a country they would be a top 50 country in the world just behind Romania and ahead of New Zealand. Almost three times the size of Luxembourg.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange, part of Everything Everywhere, said:


“The National Business Awards, now in their tenth year, embody the core principles of business excellence, innovation and ethics, all of which are central to Orange’s company values. Reaching the finals of the National Business Awards is no mean feat and I am delighted that the calibre of entrants keep on improving. All finalists have demonstrated exceptional drive, resilience and innovation during challenging economic conditions. Many congratulations to all finalists and best of luck with the next stage of the competition, I very much look forward to the live judging in September and October.”

Kestrel Liner Agencies has been announced as Finalists in the Categories of :


“The Huawei Customer Focus Award”


• Appliances Online, Bolton, BL6 6QQ

• Charterhouse, Hatfield, AL9 5DA

• Door-Stop, Nottingham, NG17 6AF

• KAS Technologies Group, Oxfordshire, OX14 1AU

• Kestrel Liner Agencies Ltd, Basildon, SS14 3JJ

• Lovehoney, Bath, BA1 3EN

• LV=, Bournemouth, BH21 1NF

• Ovo Energy, Kemble, GL7 6BQ

• Pets at Home, Stockport, SK7 4LH

• Richmond Housing Partnership, Teddington, TW11 8GT



“The Entrepreneur of the Year Award”


• Alastair Lukies, Monitise, London, EC2N 2AT

• Andrew Thorne, Kestrel Liner Agencies Ltd, Basildon, SS14 3JJ

• Chris Whitelaw, I Spy Marketing, London, WC2H9JA

• Christian McBride, Genuine Solutions Group, Chessington, KT9 2NY

• Damian Milkins, ControlCircle, London, E14 4AB

• Lawrence Jones, UKFast, Manchester, M1 4BT

• Mike Tobin, TelecityGroup, London, E14 9GE

• Nick Price, Bright Purple Resourcing Ltd, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

• Paul Lindley, Ella\'s Kitchen, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4QG

• Rob Lewis, Omnifone, London, W4 2NL



Finalists will now prepare to make their presentations in person before an independent, expert judging panel in September and October at the offices of Coutts & Co at 30 St Mary Axe.


The judges are:


For “The Huawei Customer Focus Award”:

Ms Natalie Calvert, Founder & Managing Director, Calcom Group

Mrs Jo Causon, Chief Executive, Institute of Customer Service

Ms Claudia Hathway, Editor, Customer Strategy Network

Mr Steve  Morris, Head of Viewer Services, ITV

For “The Entrepreneur of the Year Award”:

Ms Natalie Calvert, Founder & Managing Director, Calcom Group

Mrs Jo Causon, Chief Executive, Institute of Customer Service

Ms Claudia Hathway, Editor, Customer Strategy Network

Mr Steve  Morris, Head of Viewer Services, ITV


“The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging that the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance. Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise”, said Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Chair of Judges, the National Business Awards.


Organised by UBM Plc, winners will be honoured at the National Business Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Tuesday 8th November, where George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver this year’s welcome address. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all 2011 finalists.