Brightbulb Design is celebrating being named South Coast Small Business of the year at the eighth annual South Coast Business Awards. Brightbulb is the very first Isle of Wight business to be nominated at the awards and to take home a trophy. The awards cover the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and are run by the Daily Echo with Trethowans Solicitors as the event sponsor. The ceremony was held at the prestigious Ageas Bowl, Hilton in Southampton on Friday (13th July).

Brightbulb project manager, Fiona Jeffery commented,
“We can’t believe it, we are so, so happy to have been recognised as Small Business of the Year across the whole of the South Coast and Hampshire. We were up against Paul Basham Associates, J Williams and Co Accountants and Digi Toolbox all of which are amazing businesses. We honestly didn’t expect to win so this has made all the hard work worthwhile and we look forward to an even brighter future.”

The evening was hosted by Simon Rhodes of Trethowans Solicitors with guest speaker, World Cup legend, Sir Geoff Hurst.

Matt Jeffery, Founder and Managing Director of Brightbulb said,
“What an evening! Not only to win the Small Business of the year award across the South of England but to be handed the trophy by an icon like Sir Geoff Hurst made the moment monumental. We have and continue to work incredibly hard at Brightbulb to push the business forward and do things differently and being the first Island business to pick up an award here is massive for us and great for the Island.”

The Small Business of The Year category was sponsored by the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and is presented to a dynamic company with less than 25 employees which demonstrates all round excellence in business. The judging focussed on financial performance, future objectives and the companies competitive advantage of the business, as well as examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth, innovation and creativity with up to £5 million turnover.

It’s been a remarkable year for Matt and Fiona at Brightbulb including an award winning night at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards For Excellence in December. You can read more about the Brightbulb Design story in this month’s issue of Island Business magazine.


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