North Somerset businesses have a ball raising £6,500 for good causes

PUBLISHED: 11:07 25 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 20 February 2013

Peter Fox and Marilyn Pastou from Mobility Plus, Andy Branwell and Jayne Corrigan from Magic by Jayne

Peter Fox and Marilyn Pastou from Mobility Plus, Andy Branwell and Jayne Corrigan from Magic by Jayne

Over 150 business people from across North Somerset gathered for the 12th annual charity ball organised by North Somerset Enterprise Agency's Business Club, helping to raise thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes

Over 150 business people from across North Somerset gathered for the twelfth annual charity ball organised by North Somerset Enterprise Agencys Business Club and sponsored by North Somerset Council. Through the eveningtheyhelped to raised thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes.

The 3,500 raised through this years dinner and dance, raffle and auction, was generously match-funded to the tune of 3,000 by Santander Business Banking, to make an overall total of 6,500 which will be divided among charities and local community projects in the year ahead, including Santanders chosen charity for the year, Babes Big Appeal at Wraxall.

To date, the ball has raised some 72,000 which has been used to support Cancer Research, Clevedon Youth Centre, CLIC, Contact the Elderly, North Somerset Mencap, the RNLI, Samaritans, Weston Hospicecare, the Childrens Ward at Weston Hospital and the Womens Project, among many other beneficiaries.

The evening also included the presentation of the 2010 Sin Lloyd-Jones Business Awards, which recognises outstanding business talent in the local area. North Somerset Enterprise Agencys team, which acts as a 'one stop shop' providing free or low-cost advice, information and training to start-up and small businesses in the area, has run the awards annually since 2000 in memory of their former colleague and friend. Sin Lloyd-Jones worked hard to support local businesses in her role as Client Services Co-ordinator for the enterprise agency before a brain haemorrhage cut short her life at the age of just 32.

Presenting the awards, Santanders Jenny Trapnell commented: We had a record number of award entries this year and it was difficult to choose just three winners due to the extremely high quality of business achievements.

First place was awarded to Change Recruitment Services, which provides permanent and temporary recruitment services to the accountancy and finance community in North Somerset, Somerset and Avon. Its team of three has to date placed over 200 people in permanent jobs and found positions for over 100 temporary staff in local businesses.

Director Sarah Warne commented: We are delighted to have won this award. Having moved to Weston-super-Mare seven years ago, my ambition was always to run a business that would serve the North Somerset community. I set up Change Recruitment as a business that would work alongside my role as a Mum to nine year old Joseph and weve gone from strength to strength. Its fantastic to be recognised for being a successful company providing a service that people really want.

Second place was awarded to Winford Manor, which opened in April 2008, with the emphasis on environmental awareness and accessible services. The hotel, which has 22 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, conference and function facilities and employs 14 staff predominantly from the local area, opened as the recession hit but with hard work, commitment and passion from staff, emerged through dark days and is this year predicting a 33 per cent growth in turnover.

General Manager Tracey Beck says: Tonights award is for every member of our wonderful team who worked so hard through difficult economic times to ensure our very special hotel is enjoying the success and attention it deserves.

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics, based in Weston-super-Mare was awarded third place. The family-run business was set up to enable children of all ages, levels and abilities to participate in sports and hobbies which would contribute to their fitness, good health, social skills and self-confidence. The club now has eight professionally trained coaching staff working with children from 3 to 18 years of age, three staff working in other areas of the business and is so popular that it now has a waiting list for all its sessions.

Director Nigel Saunders, who with daughter Katherine returned from watching some of their gymnasts winning at the British Championships in Reading to attend the awards, said: All of our team are very pleased with this award. There is a strong family sense in our club and everyone has played a part in getting us where we are today.

We have also been very impressed to see local businesses supporting other smaller businesses through the awards and the ball. Knowing that support is there can make such a difference to a small organisation.

Mayor of Weston-super Mare Councillor Philip Judd, who attended the evening with Mayoress Wendy Judd, said: This has been an excellent charity fund-raising event which will do a huge amount of good for local charities and the business awards, in memory of Sian, are a brilliant way to mark local business achievement.

North Somerset Enterprise Agencys Chief Executive Angela Hicks added: Every week our team meets with passionate, ambitious, people who are starting or growing local businesses. It is wonderful for us to be able to recognise some of their achievements.

Our business club, which has some 260 local businesses as members, also deserves recognition for the amazing contribution it makes each year to local charities and projects through the charity ball. We are grateful for the support, as always of all the businesses large and small who attended and supported this years event.

Charities and community projects who would like to apply for help from the money raised are invited to write to Hazel Wintle at North Somerset Enterprise Agency Ltd, The Link Centre, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 9AY.

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