Celebrating their 21th anniversary this year, the Hampshire Business Awards continue to highlight the very best of Hampshire's thriving business community and showcase the strength of some of the UK's most successful firms.
Backed by the Daily Echo and sponsored by Bond Pearce, KPMG and The Royal Bank of Scotland, this year's Hampshire Business Awards were, for the first time, held in association with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The endorsement from the CBI shows just how significant the Hampshire business community has become to the national economy.
Malcolm Hyde, director of the CBI's south east office, said: "The CBI represents companies of every size and sector, but what they all have in common is a desire to be the best in what they do. As these awards epitomise those qualities and celebrate their achievements, it's only natural that the CBI would want to lend its support; and indeed is privileged to be able to do so, particularly on the 21st anniversary of the awards."
The Bond Pearce Innovation and Technology Award was presented to Bowman Power Group. Bowman is a privately owned technology company, with world-class expertise and experience in three key technology areas: compact and efficient turbomachinery; high-speed electrical machines; and software-controlled power management electronics. Generating sets with Bowman equipment have a world beating efficiency 12% greater than competitor sets. That means 12% more power can be generated for the same amount of fuel. Approximately 25MW of power (100 systems) are already installed with Bowman technology and this is increasing at 10MW per month.
Nick Page, chairman at commercial law firm Bond Pearce, said: "Congratulations to Bowman Power. It is a worthy winner of an award focused on technology and innovation. Its technology is proven in terms of the efficiency gains it can produce - several units are operating in customers' facilities and have had no significant operating issues - and the payback period for most applications is so short that conversion would seem like an easy decision for any large scale operators of diesel engines. The company is well placed to make the most of this exciting and worthwhile technology on a global scale."
The KPMG Company of the Year Award was given to R&M Electrical Group. Southampton-based R&M Electrical Group (R&M) is one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the UK, providing a range of products and services to a worldwide customer base. Since its formation in 1987, R&M has been a stockist for some of the world's leading electrical manufacturers. It exports to over 70 countries worldwide and the firm has won many national and internationally significant contracts and projects, including the largest Liquefied Natural Gas project currently being constructed in the world at Barrow Island, 200 kilometers off the West Coast of Australia.
Commenting on the win, Will Smith, partner at KPMG's South Coast office, said: "R&M is a well-deserving winner of the Company of the Year Award. It is a truly international business delivering sophisticated products to a demanding global audience as evidenced in particular by the gas project in Australia. The team here at KPMG wish R&M every success for the future and hope that it will inspire other local firms to expand into global markets."
Scooping the RBS Management Team of the Year award was Advanced Resource Managers (ARM). Founded in 1996, ARM is an award-winning recruitment and training consultancy providing contingency recruitment, managed services and bespoke talent management solutions within the IT, engineering and business industries. It provides mainstream and niche, permanent and contract professionals, supplying talent to diverse industries in both the public and private sector across the UK and EMEA regions. The company is one of the UK's largest vendor neutral training suppliers and can source over 1,000 vendor-authorised IT, engineering and soft skills training courses in a wide variety of media and locations.
Dan Salanson, Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for RBS in the Solent, said: "Over the last few years ARM has been transformed from a boutique consultancy to an organisation with £100m turnover, high staff retention and increased market recognition and respect throughout the recruitment industry. The management team behind the firm has been absolutely instrumental in leading this evolution of the company into a highly dynamic local business expanding across the country."