Meet Our Hostess

Alison Edgar (The Entrepreneur's Godmother & one of the UK's top business advisers).


Alison is mentor to some of the UK’s biggest entrepreneur’s (she has some very famous clients). Alison Edgar is an outgoing, highly organised, determined business woman with a passion for people and helping businesses grow. Regularly featured in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, Alison is no stranger to national press coverage.

                        Meet Our Judges

Paul Waite (CEO of Aspen Waite).

Paul is a driven and passionate individual with a wealth of experience across a range of UK and International industries and sectors. Paul has a strong background in marketing and accounting. Paul specializes in working with SMEs and has a proven track record at helping them to grow and succeed.  Having worked for “the big four”, Paul has gained a national reputation within the accountancy sector, his experience and industry knowledge has lead him on to work with any sized company throughout the UK

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Juliane Ponan (Business Leader of 2016).


Juliane Ponan is The Super CEO of Creative Nature, Award Winning Young Entrepreneur and Branding Expert. Julianne has recently won The Guardian’s “Business Leader of the Year 2016 award” and has also been awarded “Young Person in Business Award” by the FSB.Julianne is the youngest winner of the National Natwest Everywoman Artemis Award for Women Entrepreneurs. This coveted award is judged by some of Britains best known business owners including Cath Kidston MBE, Chrissie Rucke MBE (The White Company) and many more. In her spare time, Julianne is a mentor for Virgin Startup and enjoys helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals


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James Phipps (Chairman of Excalibur & Serial Entrepreneur, repected throughout the South West)


James is Swindon born and bred, has a passion for the area and is one of the South West's leading business entrepreneur's with several businesses based within the region. James has also won Wiltshire Business Person of the year in 2011 and 2012. He is a keen supporter of charities and good causes, helping around 100 in the last two years. James is frequently featured in national press and is much sought after. As a keen champion of SME's James brings a wealth of experience to the panel.

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Michelle Mills-Porter (Award Winning Business Woman, Best Selling Author)


Michelle Mills-Porter is a behaviour specialist and helps companies and Entrepreneurs to Build Brilliant Business Relationships. Her first company was the youngest in the UK to win Investors in People and won several Chamber Business Awards. Author of the highly acclaimed “Phone Genius the Art of non-visual communication” and a celebrated networker who has gathered several networking awards and has launched several very successful networking groups Michelle has been named as a “Global Networking Giant” by the Global Networking Council and is also one of the Top Recommended people on LinkedIn, worldwide.


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Richard Woods (BBC Apprentice Finalist).


Richard Woods (2015 BBC Apprentice Final Five Candidate), is an award winning entrepreneur, speaker and best selling author based in Surrey, England. He has a serious obsession for Entrepreneurship, Design and Digital Marketing.

He proudly studied ‘Business with Entrepreneurship’ at Southampton Solent University and received a first class hons for his final dissertation ‘Is there a link between Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship’.

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Anita Jaynes (Respected Female Entrepreneur & CEO)  


Anita immersed herself in the media industry from the age of 15. She started off as a presenter on Bath Hospital Radio and used her experience to secure paid for jobs in BBC and commercial radio from the age of 17. Anita continued to work in the media whilst completing her Media Communications degree. Her experience spans radio, TV, print, digital and social media, including journalism and media sales. Anita set up her own media company, The Business Exchange South West Limited in 2013.

Anita is passionate about helping SMEs grow and goes the extra mile to produce a campaign that exceed expectations.



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             How Does The Judging Work?


  • Judges will consider each entry submission against the category criteria and their own discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  • Judges will review all nominations and will then develop a short list for each category.
  • The role of the Chair of Judges is to clarify the criteria, and to mediate in the event of a draw to determine a clear winner. The Chair of Judges does not have a casting vote.
  • Judges' decisions are final and binding; and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into relating to any of their decisions.
  • Any entrant who, in the opinion of the judges or the organisers, is perceived to have harassed or bribed any member of the panel or the South West Business and Community Awards team will have their entry disqualified.
  • The South West Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw an entry from the judging process at any time if the entry is deemed inappropriate for any reason.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information on their application for their entry, The South West Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw any award at any time submitted by that organisation.
  • By entering or agreeing to participate in The South West Business and Community Awards, all entrants agree to the above terms and conditions.
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