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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards’ Sponsors: Andover College

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Business News | Meet the Test Valley Business Awards’ Sponsors: Andover College | Andover & VillagesWith the entry and nomination period now open until 8th May, the spotlight is on one of the Test Valley Business Awards’ newest Gold Sponsors for 2017 – Andover College.

Sponsors of the Apprentice Employer of the Year Award, Andover College is the biggest college provider of Apprenticeships in the Enterprise M3 area. Andover and Sparsholt Colleges are Test Valley’s ‘go to’ for Apprenticeship needs from Electrical training to the newly introduced ICT Apprenticeships through their newly opened Microsoft Academy. Working with numerous employers across a comprehensive range of industries the College provides unrivalled support to companies with their recruitment and apprentice training needs.

As the experts in Apprenticeship delivery, Andover College offers first rate industry-standard training facilities, industry experienced staff and a dedicated Apprenticeship Liaison team. This combination of resource, experience, and commitment defines the College’s Apprenticeship provision, making them well-positioned to judge this, the Awards’ newest category.

The Test Valley Business Awards now boasts six Awards categories for 2017.

The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2017 are:  

         Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT

         Apprentice Employer of the Year – Andover College

         Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park

         New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council

         Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy

• The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business – Phoenix Transconnect

A series of special prizes will be given away during the entry/nomination period to businesses, picked at random, that enter.

Suzanne Grant, Andover College, Vice Principal Corporate, said of the category:

“We are delighted to sponsor the Apprentice Employer of the Year category at this year’s Test Valley Business Awards recognising an employer who has gone the extra mile in supporting and developing an apprentice. Andover College is are committed to supporting businesses locally with recruiting and training apprentices across a range of occupational areas suited to their business needs and we are very proud to be working with apprentices in a wide variety of occupations”.

 Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote business excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight.

It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.

Businesses can enter themselves or nominate partners, suppliers, or other local businesses they feel are deserving of an Award, and members of the public may also nominate businesses. The Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online, via the website.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many of the categories as possible, following the relevant judging criteria, with 200 – 250 words.

Entries/nominations close at midnight on 8th May.  

For more information about the Awards, judging criteria, and to nominate or enter, please visit: