THE biggest night in the West Berkshire business calendar didn’t disappoint as companies from across the district were recognised at a black-tie gala dinner at Newbury Racecourse last week.
Hungerford’s Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen was the star of the show, taking home not one, but two West Berkshire Business Awards (WBBA), including the prestigious Newbury Weekly News business of the year.
The popular farm shop – which has a butcher, fishmonger, an award-winning delicatessen vineyard, café, florist and a brand new play barn – also went home with the Newbury Racecourse Rural Award.
Shop manager Esther Wheble said: “I think we were all just shocked when we won the biggest award.
“We were surprised to win one, let alone two. It is just amazing and I really want to thank all of our staff and loyal customers. We are so pleased and excited.
“When our category came up my heart was beating so fast. The atmosphere was amazing and we are all still buzzing.”
The awards, which were this year sponsored by the NWN, recognise and celebrate the success of the local business community.
The evening, hosted by Special Auction Services (SAS) director Thomas Plant, kicked off with a drinks reception, before harpist Rosie Oliver entertained the guests and Darryl Rose supplied his own unique style of magic.
There were nine individual categories for companies to enter, covering all aspects of business and charity.
For a full list of all the winners, plus more reaction and pictures, pick up a copy of this week's Newbury Weekly News.
Picture by Dan Newberry Photography.