Meet our first fi­nal­ists

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

The Bath Busi­ness Awards are now just a month away and last week we re­vealed the judges’ short­list. In the weeks lead­ing up to the event, we’ll be in­tro­duc­ing each of our fi­nal­ists so that you can learn a lit­tle more about their achieve­ments. This week, we meet the hope­fuls for the Busi­ness Per­son/en­tre­pre­neur of the Year, Start Up Busi­ness of the Year and Small Busi­ness of the Year awards.

Busi­ness Per­son/en­tre­pre­neur of the Year spon­sored by Mogers Drewett

An­drew Peters – Green Park Brasserie An­drew Peters, owner of Green Park Brasserie, is now in his 27th year at the helm. Shap­ing the busi­ness on a daily ba­sis, cham­pi­oning the in­de­pen­dent restau­rant scene in Bath has been his mantra since tak­ing the keys to the for­mer rail­way sta­tion book­ing hall in 1992.

Chris Butt - Cog­nisess

Chris Butt founded Bath-based soft­ware com­pany, Cog­nisess, to em­power or­gan­i­sa­tions to bet­ter un­der­stand the tal­ent and po­ten­tial of their most im­por­tant as­set: peo­ple. Cog­nisess is dis­rupt­ing a mar­ket that has seen lit­tle change for 100 years by com­bin­ing neu­ro­science, psy­chol­ogy and AI. David Wal­dren – The Cake Ar­chi­tect David Wal­dren is The Cake Ar­chi­tect, who fol­lowed a crazy stupid dream with ab­so­lute cer­tainty, and ab­so­lute un­fal­ter­ing trust in him­self and his ideas. He’s risked ev­ery­thing, given his all and worked re­lent­lessly to build his busi­ness up from scratch, and has done so with great suc­cess. Vic­to­ria Heath – Mor­gan Maskall Ltd Vic­to­ria has worked tire­lessly to ex­pand the com­pany from a small sole-trader to a vi­brant SME, with Clients rang­ing from high-end Fash­ion Re­tail­ers to Land­mark Build­ing Own­ers. She has taken the fam­ily-run begin­nings of the busi­ness as her ethos for a per­sonal and in­vested ser­vice to ev­ery one of her clients.

Start Up Busi­ness of the Year

The Cake Ar­chi­tect The Cake Ar­chi­tect is a young com­pany headed by David Wal­dren, an award win­ning cake de­signer with a pas­sion for push­ing the bound­aries of all things cake. The small team of ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als are all pas­sion­ate about mak­ing The Cake Ar­chi­tect a suc­cess­ful and thriv­ing busi­ness. Donate­myschool Donate­myschool is the UK’S only crowd­fund­ing plat­form ded­i­cated to rais­ing do­na­tions for state schools and academies. Whether for a spe­cific project, like a new school minibus, or an on-go­ing cam­paign for a list of tar­gets, Donate­myschool makes it easy for schools to ap­peal to par­ents and the school com­mu­nity for do­na­tions. gosim­ply Fu­ner­als gosim­ply Fu­ner­als is a fu­neral com­pany with a dif­fer­ence. Ded­i­cated to fair price fu­ner­als, it aims to of­fer beau­ti­ful and af­ford­able fu­ner­als cen­tring on the per­son who has died and their fam­ily, rather than sell­ing prod­ucts. Its founders are now in the process of mov­ing the busi­ness to a not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, to help fund health projects in Bath as well as pro­vid­ing fu­ner­als for those in poverty.

Small Busi­ness of the Year, spon­sored by Richard­son Swift

Cog­nisess Cog­nisess is a pre­dic­tive anal­y­sis pro­gram that re­volves around peo­ple. In the last year it has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure by sign­ing up the world big­gest ho­tel chain, the world’s big­gest beer com­pany, China’s big­gest re­cruiter, Aus­tralia’s largest provider of ap­pren­tice­ships – amongst many other clients and part­ners across the world. Epoch Wealth Man­age­ment Epoch Wealth Man­age­ment pro­vides trans­for­ma­tional fi­nan­cial plan­ning ad­vice to a small num­ber of wealthy pri­vate clients, en­trepreneurs and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions. It gives clients the clar­ity to make life-chang­ing de­ci­sions us­ing soft­ware which al­lows them to see their fi­nan­cial fu­ture and the im­pact their de­ci­sions have. Rock­et­mak­ers Ltd Rock­et­mak­ers de­signs cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy for both dis­rup­tive star­tups, and large, es­tab­lished com­pa­nies. Hav­ing launched in a small of­fice in the Bath In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in 2007, Rock­et­mak­ers is now one of the UK’S most skilled tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tors. Nine Feet Tall Nine Feet tall is a Project Man­age­ment Con­sul­tancy that works closely with clients to de­liver wide­spread, pos­i­tive change - re­gard­less of the or­gan­i­sa­tion size and de­spite the cul­tural chal­lenges faced. At its heart is a set of val­ues which strongly res­onates with its clients, which in­spires and shapes how its team de­liv­ers projects. Sub 13 Ltd Sub 13 was born in 2004 when child­hood friends brought Lon­don-style cock­tails to their home city. 14 years later, it aims to serve the best cock­tails in a re­laxed, fun en­vi­ron­ment. A newly ex­tended venue gives guests the op­tion to en­joy a cock­tail in the swanky ground floor area, or to de­scend to the vaults below and dance the night away. Over the com­ing weeks we will fea­ture pro­files on the fi­nal­ists in the other cat­e­gories: large busi­ness of the year; creative sec­tor busi­ness of the year; fi­nan­cial, pro­fes­sional and le­gal busi­ness of the year; leisure and tourism award; Bath BID award cham­pion and best place to work. The fi­nal­ists for Best Place to Work, spon­sored by Stone King, were omitted from last week’s pa­per. They are: Edit Pure Planet Rock­et­mak­ers Ltd The Roseate Villa Bath

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