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In photos: Winners of this year's Shropshire Chamber Awards revealed

Rare breeds preservation and equestrian specialist Stallion AI has been crowned Shropshire’s Company of the Year at a glittering night of celebration.

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It was one of two triumphs for the Whitchurch-based business, which also won the Trailblazer award in recognition of its innovation.

Stallion AI is using ground-breaking technology to harvest and preserve the DNA of rare breeds from all over the world to ensure their survival.

It has also grown into the UK’s largest equine semen collection and distribution centre, and is the holder of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Tullis Matson collects the award

The company fought off competition from finalists Aico of Oswestry, and two Shrewsbury-based companies – Arrow County Supplies and Riverside Cabins – to win the top prize for the first time.

More than 600 people were at Telford’s International Centre to see all the winners revealed for this year’s Shropshire Chamber Business Awards, the largest event on the county’s business calendar.

It was a particularly good night for companies from Telford and Shrewsbury, which dominated the prize categories this year.

Best Small Business, sponsored by Azets, was Chrisbeon Office Supplies

Telford-based winners included best small business Chrisbeon Office Supplies, manufacturing and engineering winner Bridge Cheese, community champion the Learning Community Trust, and Hadley Park House Hotel which took the retail, leisure and hospitality award.

Best New Business, sponsored by Aico, was Lilakshop

Elizabeth Wilkinson, known as the ‘Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant’ for her pioneering work raising the profile of the learning difficulty, also received the John Clayton Award for her outstanding contribution to the county.

The John Clayton Award won by Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE.

Winners from Shrewsbury included best new business Lilakshop, outstanding business growth champion R1 Construction, eco award winner Arrow County Supplies, and Salop Leisure for outstanding customer service.

Adam Corbett and Robert Ward from 7 Video
Host Carl Jones
Ruth Ross, Shropshire Chamber Chief Executive
The John Clayton Award won by Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE.
The glittering event was held at Telford International Centre
Diane Bennett and Vicki Collis from Riverside Cabins
Best Small Business, sponsored by Azets, was Chrisbeon Office Supplies
Best New Business, sponsored by Aico, was Lilakshop
Bridge Cheese Ltd and with the award is Martin Bowden
Bridge Cheese Ltd won the manufacturing award
The Stallion AI team
Gwynneth Slavin
Dale Griffiths, Lisa Biddulph, Jane Mort, Lucy Bordewey and John Smallman from Jesmonite
Play Your Cards Right helped raise money for charity
The Hadley Park House Hotel team
The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Achievement Award, sponsored by WR Partners, went to Hadley Park House Hotel. Jason Morgan is pictured with the award
Young Business Person Maddie Hughes from Agritel Ltd.
Outstanding Business Growth Award presented by Piran Littleton (President of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce) went to R1 Construction. With the award is Abi Bebb
Learning Community Trust
Start Tech and Brightstar Boxing
Community Champion - Business in the Community: Learning Community Trust
Arrow County Supplies Ltd. Richard Cooke is pictured with the award
The Eco Award sponsored by McPhillips was won by Arrow County Supplies Ltd. Richard Cooke is pictured with the award
Salop Leisure Ltd were winners on the night. Pictured is Ed Glover (Associate Director)
Guests enjoyed a great night
Stallion AI Services Ltd was crowned Company of the Year
Tullis Matson collects the award
Company of the Year Stallion AI Services Ltd. With the award is: Tullis Matson
Ali Christmas and Kayleigh Housden from KPI Recruiting
Company of the Year sponsored by Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Council: Stallion AI Services Ltd. With the award are Tullis Matson and Kate Ashmore
The dance floor in full swing
At the roulette wheel
From Barclays - Carl Beardon, Andy Buchan, Sarah Snape, Leon Broadhurst
Mandy Thorn MBE with award sponsor Hugh Strickland from Aaron & Partners..

Elsewhere, Maddie Hughes from Agritel of Oswestry won the young business person award.

Finalists came from all corners of the county including Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Market Drayton, Bridgnorth, Craven Arms, Shifnal, and Whitchurch.

Young Business Person Maddie Hughes from Agritel Ltd.

This year’s awards were backed by a long list of big-name sponsors, including Aico, Azets, Aaron & Partners, HomeLink, WR Partners, Pave Aways, McPhillips, Shropshire Business Magazine, the Community Foundation of Staffordshire & Shropshire, Jesmonite, and Sytner BMW.

Bridge Cheese Ltd and with the award is Martin Bowden

The company of the year was sponsored again this year by the two local authorities, Shropshire Council, and Telford & Wrekin Council. Shropshire Chamber chief executive Ruth Ross said: “The awards night is always a fantastic occasion – an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary adaptability, creativity and innovation of our business community.

Outstanding Business Growth Award presented by Piran Littleton (President of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce) went to R1 Construction. With the award is Abi Bebb

“We have once again been amazed and delighted by the volume and quality of entries. It has been refreshing to see so many first-time entrants, and finalists, this year. Shortlisting each category down to a final four was a really tough task for our independent panel – the standard of entries was incredibly high.”

Arrow County Supplies Ltd. Richard Cooke is pictured with the award

She added: “Shropshire is a great place to do business, and this county is always at its best when business and decision-makers work in partnership.

“That’s precisely what events like this are all about . . . bringing people together.”

Learning Community Trust

The Shropshire Chamber Business Awards have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity over the years. This year’s recipient was Severn Hospice.

Salop Leisure Ltd were winners on the night. Pictured is Ed Glover (Associate Director)

Piran Littleton, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce president, said: “From the outset of this year’s event, the buzz of anticipation has been palpable.

The Hadley Park House Hotel team

“This event stands as a magnificent tribute to the exceptional qualities of Shropshire businesses – a celebration of business excellence.”

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