Winners of Essex Business Excellence Awards announced

Ground Control Ltd has won two awards at this year’s Essex Business Excellence Awards, ‘Essex Business of the Year Award’ and the ‘Best Growing Business for Large Companies Award’. The company, which initially started with three contracts, has seen a ten-fold growth in their business and have become the UK’s fastest growing commercial landscapers. Ground Control won the prestigious Essex Business of the Year Award as well as Best Growing Business for Large Companies.

Ground Control Ltd winners of the Essex Business of the Year Award & Best Growing Business for Large Companies at the Essex Business Excellence Awards 2015

The awards, organised by the Essex Chronicle Media Group, highlight the very best in Essex commerce. Ground Control impressed the judges with their fast track growth, exceptional client service (99.2% annual client retention) and their wide range of clients, these include; Tesco, Sainsbury’s, B&Q, Waitrose, Fitness First, BUPA, Royal Mail and the Tower of London.

“To win these two awards is absolutely fantastic. Winning both awards is a testament to the team’s hard work, loyalty and dedication over many, many years. You do not get awards like these for resting on your laurels. We’ve been named the best business in Essex now so I want to extend huge congratulations to all of my Ground Control colleagues.”
Dr Marcus Watson, Managing Director, Ground Control

Award categories and winners

Other 2015 award categories and winners were…

  • Award for Export – European Medical Group Ltd
  • Award for Innovation - Childrens Respite Care Ltd
  • Best Growing Business
  • Small companies: The Survey Initiative                           
  • Medium companies: The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd
  • Large companies: Ground Control Ltd
  • Best New Business - Ackerman Pierce Limited
  • Community Award - YMCA Chelmsford
  • Customer Care & Service
  • Small companies: Mr O Removals
  • Medium companies: Premier Print and Promotions Ltd
  • Large companies: Avanti Insurance Limited
  • Excellence in Marketing 
  • Small companies: Zensport (Braintree)
  • Medium companies: Meadows Shopping Centre
  • Large companies: Estuary Logistics
  • Outstanding Business Person - James Marshall, Premier Print and Promotions Limited
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year - James Whiteley, White Stores
  • Essex Business of the Year – Ground Control Ltd

Businesses committed to international expansion

European Medical Group Ltd winners of the Award for Export at the Essex Business Excellence Awards 2015In the ten categories the ‘Award for Export’ was of particular interest. According to a recent poll more than a third of all medium sized businesses in the East of England plan to increase their export levels in the next 12 months. The Award for Export is for businesses that can display creativity, drive and commitment, to international expansion.

The Award for Export 2015 was won by European Medical Group Ltd for their work providing marketing materials to healthcare professionals in Europe. The award was sponsored and judged by Essex International (EI), Essex County Council’s (ECC’s) International Trade Team. EI were keen for businesses to enter the category as they know first-hand how many local companies are exporting abroad and increasing their presence overseas.

“We were delighted to sponsor this award. We would encourage all businesses with links to export to show the rest of the business world what can be achieved through forming partnerships overseas.”
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, ECC

Essex County Council Ambassador of the Awards

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the Awards Ambassadors. With more than 70,000 businesses in Essex, ECC are keen to support businesses and to recognise achievement and excellence. They provide input and advice throughout the awards process.

About Essex International

Essex International promotes exports to China and encourages Chinese companies to set up businesses and create new jobs in Essex. Over the last quarter of a century, Essex International has helped hundreds of businesses to export into Jiangsu Province. Through an exclusive 26-year relationship, Essex International is able to provide unique access and offer the right connections to help businesses develop partnerships to help increase their presence in the Chinese market.

Specialist healthcare company Vitalcare was helped by Essex International to extend its trade links with China. It has recently built a 3200 sqm factory in Jiangsu Province and the company continues to expand.

Source [Essex Business Excellence Awards]

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

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Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.