Press Release - SME National Awards Final!


4th December 2017

White Cross Vets win at Wembley!

Wembley Stadium welcomed the SME National Business Awards on Friday 1st December. Over 450 business people from across the UK joined together to colebrate teir achievements over the past year. With a maximum of 14 companies in any one category going through to the finals it is a huge achievement to be recognised. 

We are delighted to announce the Overall Winner as White Cross Vets, they showed outstanding performance in the Employer of the Year category. One judge said “A company that has a very sound staff relations policy over a number of outlets and is a model others could follow.”

White Cross Vets is a family-run veterinary company with 17 practices across the north and midlands. Celebrating 80 years of looking after pets in 2017, the practice is founded on four principles: quality, integrity, responsibility and growth, and prides itself on hiring and nurturing the best and happiest team possible.

Managing Director Tim Harrison from White Cross Vets said “Winning both the SME employer award and the overall business award is truly special. Gaining recognition for what we do is fantastic, and inspires us to keep pushing to be at the forefront of wellbeing not just in the veterinary profession, but in the whole of the UK. As a family run company, the wellbeing of our team members is so important, and winning an award like this reinforces the fact that investment in our team is the right way to go!”.

Overall Winner

White Cross Vets (West Yorkshire)


Apprentice of the Year

Winner – Andrew Doyle, Invotra (Surrey)

Runner Up – Natasha Parry, Sporting Futures Training (Hertfordshire)


Best New Business Award

Winner – Bombinate Web Design (Buckinghamshire)

Runner Up – SenSat Surveying (London)


Business Innovation Award

Winner – RandDTax  (Surrey)

Runner Up – Bruce’s Doggy Day Care (Surrey)

Highly Commended – Sphere Fluidics (Cambridgeshire)


Business of the Year Less than 50 Award

Winner – Bruce’s Doggy Day Care (Surrey)

Runner Up – JPA Furniture (Hertfordshire)


Business of the Year Greater than 50 Award

Winner - Complete I.T. (Buckinghamshire)

Runner Up – Roseview Windows (Buckinghamshire)


Community Business of the Year Award

Winner – The Job Show (Cambridgeshire)

Runner Up – Waterloo Cottage Farm (Leicestershire)


Employer of the Year Award

Winner – White Cross Vets (West Yorkshire)

Runner Up – Eligo Recruitment (London)


Enterprising Business Award

Winner – LBS (Hertfordshire)

Runner Up -  Simply Amazing Training Ltd (Dorset)

Highly Commended – JPA Furniture (Hertfordshire)


Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner – Robin Williams, Brighter Foods Ltd (Wales)

Runner Up – Sahaj Kothan, Make in 3D (London)

Highly Commended – Tom Warner, Warner Edwards Distillery (Northamptonshire)


Green Award

Winner – Enval Ltd (Cambridgeshire)

Runner Up – Chambers Waste Management Plc (Surrey)


Service Excellence Award

Winner – Firefish Software (Glasgow)

Winner - PIE Recruitment (Buckinghamshire)

Runner Up – Technocopy Solutions (Northamptonshire)

Runner Up - Totalmobile Ltd (Belfast)


Young Business Person of the Year Award

Winner – Julianne Ponan, Creative Nature (Surrey)

Runner Up – James Gray, Ampthill Fireplaces Ltd (Bedfordshire)


Not for Profit Business of the Year Award

Winner – The Princes Centre Ltd (Hertfordshire)

Runner Up – Inclusion Housing (Yorkshire)


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