News stories from across Buckinghamshire this month

PUBLISHED: 10:56 24 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:56 24 January 2014

Star bringing Father Christmas and delivering carrots

Star bringing Father Christmas and delivering carrots

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It’s Uggs and kisses all round

A very hearty congratulations to Ugg Foods of Long Crendon – just the sort of business we like to celebrate here – and now winners of the top prize at the first Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Buckinghamshire Business Awards.

Ugg Foods makes delicious gluten, grain and dairy free healthy cakes and bread mixes and shows what can happen when the right people meet and work hard to ensure a great idea takes off.

It was started after Dr Kim Lloyd, a dentist who went on to open the Crendon Skin Clinic, heard evolutionary biologist and author Geoff Bond speaking about nutrition. She then teamed up with marketing specialist Sara Parkinson and Ugg Foods was launched.

Kim says: “Winning this award has brought us a step further towards our Ugg Foods mission to change lives one recipe at a time and make easy, healthy choices more available. We really do appreciate the incredible amount of help, support and encouragement we’ve received from the business community as well as friends, family and colleagues.

“I am so proud of what the Ugg Foods team have achieved this year. We have a lot of work to do in 2014 to reach our goals but working on something we are all so passionate about has been a joy and a privilege. This award has been the perfect end to one of the most amazing years I’ve ever had. I’m loving my role as Ugg Foods CEO and I hope we can share our passion for health and happiness with many more people in the future.”

David Knowles Leak, Regional Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said: “It’s a fantastic thing for a businesses to be judged the best by an independent people. UGG can be rightly proud of their achievement in being the best of the best. We believe they will go on to amazing things.”

As well as being the overall winner UGG Foods won the Best New Business category, sponsored by Rapid Sales Solutions and was runner up in the Aylesbury Vale Business of the Year category, sponsored by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The awards were handed out at a prestigious ceremony at Horwood House in Little Horwood.

A £10,000 advertising prize from media partners MKNEWS and MKWEB and another £3,750 from Aylesbury-based radio station Mix96 has been generously provided for the winner.

The award winners and runners up:

Aylesbury Vale Business of the Year, sponsored by Aylesbury Vale District Council:

Winner: Enterprise Marketing Solutions Ltd, Aylesbury; runner up Ugg Foods Ltd, Long Crendon.

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Best E-Business, sponsored by The Hot Office Business Centres:

Winner: FrameMaker MK Ltd, Old Wolverton; runner up: Urban Media, High Wycombe.

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Best New Business, sponsored by Rapid Sales Solutions:

Winner: Ugg Foods Ltd, Long Crendon; runner up: Buckingham Equine Vets, Wicken, Milton Keynes.

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Enterprising Business, sponsored by SEMLEP:

Winner: Buckingham Equine Vets, Wicken, Milton Keynes; runner up: Global Infusion Group, Preston Hill, Chesham.

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Milton Keynes Business of the Year, sponsored by UCMK:

Winner: Walters Snowdon Advertising Ltd, Auckland Park, Bletchley; runner up: FrameMaker MK Ltd, Old Wolverton.

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Networking Group of the Year, sponsored by PH Hotels (Horwood House):

Winner: Bucks Fizz Business Group, Grendon Underwood, Aylesbury; runner up:

ENIGMA, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes.

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Service Excellence Award, sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres:

Winner: Global Infusion Group, Preston Hill, Chesham; runner-up: Osborne Morris and Morgan Solicitors, Leighton Buzzard (office in Bletchley).

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Stony Stratford Business of the Year, sponsored by Connolly Accountants and Business Advisors:

Winner: TFA, Stony Stratford; runner up: Calcutta Brasserie, Stony Stratford.

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The Green Award, sponsored by Alltech Signs and Graphics Ltd:

Winner: The Cleft Wood Co, Church End, Hillesden: runner up: COSINE UK Ltd, Haddenham.

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Training and development award, sponsored by Mirus IT Solutions:

Winner: Arcana Group of Salons, Shenley Brook End, Milton Keynes; runner up:

The Clark Howes Group, Bourton Business Centre.

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Real-Life Entrepreneur, sponsored by Mix 96:

Winner: Paul Tomlinson, of Mirus IT Solutions, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes; runner up: Vidya Crawley, Artisan Valley Ltd, High Wycombe.

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Young Business Person, sponsored by Bullet Point Media:

Winner: Marc Davies, Stony Stratford; runner up: Paul Chapman, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes.

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Editor’s Special Award, presented by Cally Jenkins, of MK News:

Sweetness & Delight Wedding Cakes, Woolstone, Milton Keynes.

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The neigh bells were ringing

How was your Christmas or New Year party? It would be difficult to beat the one at The Horse Trust in Speen where the four-legged friends joined in and entertained sponsors.

Guests enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies in the Black Beauty Tea Room. The horses were waiting to greet their sponsors, and stockings on their stable doors soon filled up with polos and carrots.

Spindles Farm rescue donkeys Gladys, Lola and Nora posed for a Nativity scene and Father Christmas gave his reindeer the afternoon off to arrive in a carriage pulled by Star, also rescued in 2008 from the horrors of Spindles Farm. Star has now been driving for two years and visited highly respected heavy horseman Robert Sampson for further training. Star was delivering carrots donated by The Old Plow Bistro and Restaurant in Speen who ran a ‘Carrots for Likes’ campaign on their Facebook page.

Another ‘star of the show’ was Teddy, the little pony we introduced readers to this year when he beat the odds and survived after being left to die by a roadside in Iver. You can sponsor a Horse Trust resident for as little as £2 a month, contact Lucy on 01494 48846, email lucy@horsetrust.org.uk or visit www.horsetrust.org.uk.

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At last, a letter arrives from the past

We’ve all had that ‘waiting for the postman’ experience when overdue mail appears to have done a vanishing act. But at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre in Great Missenden they’ve just received a letter that was 62 years late.

Eva Neupauer-Jones, general manager there, said: “We are all flabbergasted and surprised at how this envelope came to arrive. Where it has been all these years? The stamp on it was issued in 1951 and it looks like something out of a museum, not the usual post we receive!”

Sent by a Mr D W Prengal in Flensburg-Mürwik, Germany, it’s addressed to James Dunnill, at Missenden Abbey. Eve adds: “We have searched our records and it turns out that James Dunnill was a warden at Missenden Abbey from 1947 to 1954, but the letter has certainly taken its time to get here.”

Staff have decided to display the envelope in their reception area, next to a guestbook which dates back to 1949. In the meantime they’d like to hear from anyone who knew James Dunnill or can solve the mystery.

Our theory is that the post might have been wrongly delivered to another address and was found in the effects of a now deceased person. Then, rather like quietly returning a late library book, someone chose to deliver it to the right place.

Anyone with details about the envelope can contact Missenden Abbey Conference Centre on 01494 866811.

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