The Hampshire Business of the Year Award was established by Councillor Keith Chapman MBE when he became Chairman of Hampshire County Council in May 2016. He explained: “Businesses are at the heart of our local economy and I wanted to find a way in which the County Council could celebrate the outstanding contribution made by Hampshire companies.”
Presenting the award to Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV Global at the County Council meeting on 25 May 2017, Councillor Chapman added: “ASV Global is a truly great Hampshire success story. In seven years, it has grown from a start up with just two people to achieve recognition as a world leader in marine autonomous service vehicles. Businesses such as ASV Global underpin not only the prosperity of the Hampshire economy but also support the significant contribution this part of the country makes to the national economy.
“Supporting business and creating the right environment for industry to flourish are key to Hampshire’s prosperity, and I wish ASV Global all the very best for continued success in the future.”
Dan Hook, ASV Global Managing Director and University of Southampton graduate, added, “This is a real boost for ASV and our staff, being selected from the many successful businesses in the county and recognised in this way.”
ASV Global has designed and built over 80 vessels which are now deployed across the world in the service of the oil and gas, scientific and defence sectors. The company works closely with Hampshire’s world-class marine research and innovation base including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and the University of Portsmouth. During 2016, ASV Global achieved a 93% increase in turnover and created 22 additional jobs.
A shortlist of four Hampshire companies was drawn by Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development team who support businesses in Hampshire.
The shortlist comprised of:
- Farnborough International – the company which organises and hosts the Farnborough International Airshow every two years. Farnborough International is investing £32 million in a new permanent exhibition and conference facility which will open in Spring 2018 in readiness for the 2018 Airshow;
- Feefo - Based in Petersfield, Feefo has developed an independent customer review system for businesses and their clients include Expedia, The White Company and TM Lewin. Turnover has grown from £200,000 in 2010 to £8 million in 2016 and they were recently placed 55th in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100
- Testology – an award-winning Aldershot-based games development company, winners of the Develop 2016 award for QA and Localisation and TIGA 2016 award for best QA provider.