Oswestry-based Aico has been crowned Company of the Year at this year’s Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
The fast-growing business, based at Maesbury Road, picked up three awards in the 20th anniversary year of the competition, which was live streamed on Friday evening.
They also won the Workplace Health & Wellbeing, and Corporate
Environmental Responsibility awards.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was a VIP guest of honour on the night
taking time out of his busy schedule to praise the creativity and resilience of
He said: “I wanted to pay tribute to all the businesses from Shropshire
who are being recognised.
“This is the 20th anniversary of these annual business
awards, and there has never been a more important time to recognise the
determination and achievements of our business community.
“I know you would all prefer to be meeting up in person for what has
become the biggest event on the Shropshire business calendar, but we’ve all had
to adapt our ways of working in these challenging times.
“It’s fantastic to see the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce embracing new
technology to recognise business excellence and success in new and imaginative
Last year’s company of the year winner, Pave Aways of Knockin, won the
Education and Apprenticeships award this time, while Aviramp of Telford, which
makes products for the airline industry, won the International Trade award.
Shrewsbury-based events and production company Yarrington – which has
built a new TV studio at its Frankwell site – won the prize for Digital
The Manufacturer of the Year award went to Coopers Gourmet Foods of
Roden, which has developed new products during lockdown, while 7 Video of
Shrewsbury was named Best Small Business.
Market Drayton-based optician Style Optique won the Outstanding Customer
Service title, and the Business in the Community Award went to the Dyslexic
Dyslexia Consultant, based in Telford.
Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber’s chief executive, said: “It has
been an extraordinary 12 months. No-one could have foreseen the kind of changes
we have all had to make to our lives.
“But in times of challenge, it is even more important to see the work of
employees recognised, as well as the businesses themselves.
“This pandemic has proved that Shropshire businesses are resilient,
creative and innovative – as the delivery of this event shows.”
Normally, a team of judges would be visiting each of the
shortlisted finalists at their premises before deciding on a winner – this
year, those ‘meetings’ were held on Zoom.
In addition to the announcement of the 10 award winners, tonight’s
broadcast also included a pre-awards wine tasting session from Tanners, and
featured music from students at Telford College.
There was also an interactive quiz running throughout the
broadcast, testing people’s Shropshire knowledge, with the winner taking home a
£100 hamper full of county produce.
If you missed the live stream of the awards, the show will soon be
available on a catch-up service soon, at shropshirebusinessawards.co.uk
Company of the Year: Aico
Education and Apprenticeships: Pave Aways
Best Small Business: 7 Video
Business in the Community: The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant
Workplace Health & Wellbeing: Aico
International Trade Through Export: Aviramp
Outstanding Customer Service: Style Optique
Digital Innovation: Yarrington
Corporate Environmental Responsibility: Aico
Best Manufacturer: Coopers Gourmet Foods