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Business of the Year sponsors

Heart is the largest commercial radio brand in the UK, its feel good playlist from the 00s, today’s biggest records, the biggest on-air games in radio and its fun, family-orientated feel, Heart’s listeners are still young at heart and enjoy family life to the max.


Heart is part of Global, Europe’s largest radio company. Global is home to the UK’s best-loved radio stations including Heart, Capital, Smooth, Classic FM, LBC, Capital XTRA, Radio X and Gold - almost half the UK population tune into one of our radio stations every single week!

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Small Business of the Year sponsors

NFU Mutual, Wells

At NFU Mutual Wells, our customers are our members. We're proud to serve their needs. Whether you’re a small independent company, a large national business or a food manufacturer, perhaps you have a property portfolio, own or manage an estate. Whatever your business, NFU Mutual insurance is all about you. We offer a range of products designed to meet our customers’ needs - from the artisan producer right up to the most complex and largest organisations in the UK. We’re recognised for our financial strength so our customers can trust us to deliver on our promises through a local, personal service.


New Business of the Year sponsors

Financial experts, Old Mill, are proud sponsors of the Mendip Business Awards 2020. Our specialist food and drink team work with a wide range of businesses from across the Mendip area and the South West’s vibrant food and drink sector, building long-term relationships and providing expert advice. From funding sources, financial planning for a new food and drink venture, breaking into international markets, or planning an exit strategy, our expert team work with our clients to help them achieve their ambitions and financials goals. Visit om.uk to find out more.

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Family Business of the Year sponsors

Ayton Global Research offers a premier research platform that facilitates consumer research worldwide. We provide research services for online surveys, concept testing and product testing for claim substantiation, efficacy testing, benchmark testing and much more. Our team of specialist advisors will ensure that you meet all global regulatory requirements for compliant claim substantiation, whilst providing valuable insights.

With over 20 years in business, we have exceptional knowledge of the consumer research sector. This knowledge is applied to your research and it remains our ultimate goal to obtain reliable, robust and substantial data for our clients.  AGR has serviced over 400 clients since 1995 in all major markets including Europe, Asia, America, Australia and the MENA region. With a panel of over 500,00 volunteers worldwide we can conduct studies in any territory and in any language.

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Customer Service Excellence Award sponsors

Melhuish & Saunders is a well-established and highly respected Principal Building Contractor with a great reputation, which has been built up over the last 95 years.  Our vision: we are the Greatest Building Contractor in the South West!

We work across the South West in a variety of sectors – commercial, education, healthcare, community & leisure and residential – new builds, extensions and refurbishments.

We are getting excellent customer feedback both on the job and post project completion and continually attract a high level of repeat business. We are proud to support Customer Service Excellence!

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Taste of Mendip Award sponsors

Located in the shadow of Wells Cathedral, this 15th century hotel has a unique charm offering guests modern amenities in a beautiful setting. The hotel has been sympathetically restored and extended, to ensure every comfort within its 49 bedrooms, luxurious suite and 5 self-contained apartments.

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Market Trader of the Year sponsors

Burton Sweet are chartered accountants and business advisers, based in and around the South West’s largest city. We work closely with business owners, FDs and financial controllers who use financial planning not only to target profitability but to analyse, understand and control their businesses. Last year we celebrated 50 years of providing support and advice to our clients.

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Retail / Hospitality Business of the Year sponsors

Award Winning Events Venue, Farm Shop and Accommodation at the base of Glastonbury Tor. 16 acres of gardens, paddocks and orchards commanding 360 degree views of the Mendips, Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Festival. Up to 200 people can sleep in quirky accommodation including stone cottages, upside down barns, cabins and glamping. Group workshop and yoga spaces that can be hired out by the day. Onsite Farmshop selling local produce including home reared lamb and free range eggs from the Middlewick farm.

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Community Enterprise of the Year sponsors

Aster Group 

Our vision is that everyone has a home. It’s a bold statement but one everyone across our business is passionate about. We provide safety and security through our reliable landlord services and we supply a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis. We own and maintain over 30,000 homes, provide services to approximately 90,000 customers and employ 1,200 people.

Whether it’s through building more new homes, maintaining and investing in the thousands of homes we own, providing good services, or creating a lasting legacy in the communities we work in, we aim to carefully balance a commercial approach with our social heart. The Aster Foundation is our way of giving something back. It’s the work we choose to do over and above our landlord and development activities. For more information, visit www.aster.co.uk.


Apprentice of the Year sponsors

Mendip District Council is a trailblazing district council with an ever-growing track record of innovation and achievement and with strong ambitions for the future. We serve the residents, communities and businesses in Mendip across Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells.  Our Vision: Working together to make Mendip a great place to live and work in - helping our communities and businesses thrive.