Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Chippenham Business Awards 2018

Awdry Bailey & Douglas were proud to once again be title sponsors of the Chippenham Business Awards, which  took place on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at the Neeld, Chippenham. TV presenter Marc Allum, best known for his regular appearances on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, returned to host the awards which were attended by 150 finalists, sponsors and members of the business community.  

Senior Associate Tom Paget and TV Presenter Marc Allum
presenting the award for Chippenham Business of the Year
This was the second business awards organised by Chippenham Business Improvement District (Chippenham BID). 

Tom Paget, Commercial Solicitor at Awdry Bailey & Douglas and manager of the firm's Chippenham office, is a director of Chippenham BID and is chair of the Backing Business committee which organised the awards.

Tom was joined on the night by Senior Partner Alexander David and guests for what was a fantastic evening celebrating the success of the Chippenham business community. 

The winners of the Chippenham Business Awards 2018 were:
  • Apprentice of the Year: Ben Lisseman of Digiprint
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Cheryl Klukowski Stevenson of Taste of the Caribbean and Chocolate Blonde
  • Professional Services Provider of the Year: Goughs Solicitors
  • Hotel, Restaurant or CafĂ© of the Year: The Garden Chippenham
  • Creative or Technology Business of the Year: City Dressing
  • Customer Service Award: Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors
  • Start-Up Business of the Year: Maria Christina Bridal Boutique
  • Small Business of the Year: Huw Thomas Commercial
  • Independent Business of the Year: J. Sheppard and Son Ltd.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Squires
  • Chippenham Business of the Year: The Garden Chippenham
Congratulations to all of the winners, but in particular to the Garden Chippenham as overall winners of the Chippenham Business of the Year award.

Our thanks  to all those that took part by organising, sponsoring or entering an award for making this such a successful evening.

If you require legal advice on business or commercial property matters please contact Tom Paget at our Chippenham office on 01249 478333 or by email

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More information, including photos and videos of the awards, can be found on the following website

Thursday, 8 March 2018

ABD match ball sponsor of Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks

24th February 2018

Tim Hotchkiss (Partner), Alexander David (Partner), Tom Paget (Senior Associate), Frances Nash (Associate) and Kelly Chandler (Solicitor) of ABD hosted 18 guests in the Ricoh Suite at the Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks game on Saturday, 24th February.  ABD was also the proud sponsors of the match ball for the game.  The photograph below captured the moment that Tim Hotchkiss and Alexander David were handed the match ball signed by the entire Bath Rugby squad by Australian international, Nathan Charles. 

The team from ABD greeted their guests at 11.30am in the Ricoh Suite before enjoying the usual excellent food and service from the hospitality team at Bath Rugby.  It was then time to head into the stands in time for kick-off at 2.30pm. 
The game itself was a real treat with Bath Rugby eventually coming out 33-32 winners.  As the scoreline suggests, it was a nail biting affair with makeshift fly-half James Wilson holding his nerve to convert Zach Mercer’s try with 30 seconds remaining.  The result keeps Bath Rugby firmly in contention for the play-offs.
It was then back to the Ricoh Suite with our guests for a delicious cheeseboard and the screening of the Scotland v England Six Nations game.  The less said about the result the better for the English contingent, although this certainly did not dampen the spirits of those that attended.  It is certainly fair to say that a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.