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South East of England business awards news wire

By Stephen Emerson
11 January 2022

Awards provide recognition that inspire innovation as the success of our peers pushes us forward in our own work and careers.

They are at the very heart of The Business Magazine and this is reflective in our events calendar throughout the year.

The Solent Deals Awards 2022 takes place on March 24 and attracts entries from banks and private equity houses, business advisers, lawyers and other intermediaries.

The event reflects the vibrancy of the Solent and South Coast dealmaking environment and brings together corporate finance advisers, lawyers, bankers, private-equity investors, accountants, funding specialists and management teams.

There is still time to enter for the Solent Deals Awards 2022 here >>

We have created this page to celebrate notable award winners from across the South East business community with the awards issued from an array of different organisations.

It will update regularly detailing award winners each quarter with the first edition taking in the final quarter of 2021 and also January of this year.



Rob McFagan, Holmes Hill Shepherds Huts company

Start-Up of the Year award at the Sussex Business Awards

Rob McFagan’s Holmes Hill Shepherds Huts company won the Start-Up of the Year award at the Sussex Business Awards in December.

With a start-up loan from his dad of £2,000, and with no formal training in carpentry, Rob built his first commercial timber-framed Shepherd’s Hut as a labour of love aged 21.

Now, just two-and-a-half years later, the young entrepreneur and agricultural buildings enthusiast, has paid his dad back, designed, built and sold more than 50 traditional Shepherds’ Huts.


Osborne Clarke,

Leading law firm of the year, British Legal Awards

In November, Osborne Clarke was recognised as the UK's leading law firm of the year by International at the British Legal Awards.

Osborne Clarke, which has offices in Forbury Place Reading, has been recognised as leading law firm of the year by at the British Legal Awards.

Osborne Clarke stood out to the judges for 'its progressive and innovative use of technology, clear understanding of the importance of diversity and social mobility, decarbonisation and sustainability and the actions it takes in these areas.'


Angela Bryant, Angel Rated

Product Creator of the Year, 2021

Digital Women Awards

Angela Bryant of Angel Rated
Angela Bryant of Angel Rated

Angela took home the top spot for Product Creator of the Year for her website Angel Rated at the 2021 Digital Women Awards in November.

Angel Rated, founded by Angela in 2019, is an independent review site for online businesses.

The website helps them to find the perfect service or person for the next stage of their growth, in a time-efficient and informed manner.

The platform also provides increased visibility and independent reviews for the businesses listed and offers reviewers the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience of the different products and services.


Philanthropy Award, Better Society Awards 2021

CareTech, a specialist social care and education provider, won the Philanthropy Award at the Better Society Awards 2021 in recognition of the company’s support provided to the CareTech Foundation.

CareTech donates 2.5% of its pre-tax profits to the Foundation every year as part of its wider commitment to supporting the wider care sector and local communities. In June 2020, the company also made a donation of 1,000,000 company shares to the Foundation.


Jackson and Browning Independent Funeral Services Ltd

Best Funeral Service of the Year 2020-22

Established in 2018, Jackson and Browning provides independent funeral services to those in the Oxfordshire and Wiltshire areas. They were announced Best Funeral Service of the Year and the Oxford Prestige Award for their services to bereaved families in their community.

Based in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, the funeral director was also voted as one of the top three funeral directors in Oxford based on its history and local reviews.