The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 67: June/July 2023 | Page 11



Local businesses win big at the national Great British Expos Business and Community Awards .
Held in April at a gala event in Reading , the Awards shined a spotlight on individuals , businesses and organisations across the country who are blazing a trail and realising their full potential .
Digital marketing expert Rob Curtis , Simon Crisp from Green Machine Computers and Rachael Matwiejczyk Booth were just some of the region ’ s winners .
Rob Curtis from Swindon started his company The Pursuit Agency a year ago and was named Start Up of the Year .
He said , “ I ’ m overwhelmed and humbled to receive such an honour . I was so thrilled to be nominated and very grateful to be there with my wife , friends and business friends too . It was so unexpected to actually win .
“ I ’ d like to thank everyone who has helped me to hit the ground running in my business in these early days . It takes a huge leap of faith to go it alone – and you definitely cannot do it alone .”
Simon Crisp , Managing Director of Green Machine Computers , was named Business Leader of the Year . The company , based in Ramsbury , is leading the way in responsible and effective recycling of expired IT equipment .
On the company ’ s LinkedIn page , he wrote , “ We ’ re still buzzing from The Great British Business Awards , where we had the pleasure of celebrating some of the best businesses in the UK . The event was an amazing opportunity to network and connect with innovative and inspiring people from different industries .
“ We ’ re so grateful for the recognition and support we received , and we want to extend the same support to our fellow businesses . Let ’ s work together to create a stronger , more vibrant business community that supports and uplifts each other .” Rachael Matwiejczyk Booth was awarded Networker of the Year . She said , “ I ’ m overwhelmed to receive such an honour . I ’ m humbled to have been chosen from an amazing group of nominees to win the Great British Award . My view in business has always been that it ’ s important to be helpful , to support and to collaborate so that we all thrive . These last few years has taught us that as never before and I will continue to be a positive part of our various business communities .”

New look for local law firm

Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors have unveiled a new look with a complete rebrand that not only includes a new , shortened name – ‘ Awdry Law ’, but also a new logo , new identity and fresh website .
For more info : www . awdry . law
Tim Hotchkiss , Equity Partner at Awdry Law , said , “ This wasn ’ t a decision that was taken lightly . Awdry Bailey & Douglas is a household name for many people throughout Wiltshire and beyond and is revered for the dynamic , inspiring and proactive service that is provided across the board .
“ Our current branding has served us exceptionally well , but twenty years on we felt it was time to revisit the brand and ask ourselves a series of questions that really get under the skin of who we are today and how we are likely to evolve over the coming years .
“ If you look at the history of the firm ,
which started trading in 1750 , the business has changed names many times , often to reflect the names of the owners , but the focus has always remained the same in that the provision of excellent client service is at the heart of everything that we do . The legal industry is constantly changing , especially so in the last few years and we are embracing that change .”
A key component of the rebrand that is intrinsically linked to the firm ’ s vision , is its ‘ We speak your language approach ’. Awdry Law pride themselves on speaking to clients in a clear , straight-forward way , without excessive use of legal jargon .
“ Our “ we speak your language ” approach
is far more than just words to us here at Awdry Law , said Tim . “ It is an embodiment of our ethos and vision , and flows through everything we do . This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that the phrase itself came from one of our people in our internal branding workshops .”
The new brand was created by Swindonbased design agency Jazzbones following extensive consultations , workshops and discussions with the firm ’ s employees and clients .
Tim added , “ Our new brand retains and preserves our heritage , but in a contemporary way ; and as it ’ s built on our commitment to delivering excellence
in everything we do , it provides us with a strong foundation as we continue to grow and innovate in the years to come .
“ Although we have a new name and a new look , our exceptional client service , delivered by friendly , knowledgeable and welcoming people , who really do speak your language , hasn ’ t changed and we look forward to seeing you in our newly updated offices to hear what you think of our new look !”
Awdry Law is one of Wiltshire ’ s leading law firms employing over 100 people across its offices in Chippenham , Devizes , Marlborough , Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon .
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