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Recognise pioneers, innovators, disruptors & outstanding leaders in the South West

Brought to you by Business Leader Magazine

What is BLM Trailblazers?

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Recognise business trailblazers

It’s time to recognise the pioneers, innovators, disruptors and outstanding leaders. The Trailblazers. Trailblazers are the extraordinary people who make things happen in business. They lead from the front, spot new opportunities and challenge convention.

Now for the first time Business Leader Magazine will seek out the most talented Trailblazers from across the region and recognise their achievements. This is a groundbreaking, exciting event with unprecedented media coverage and publicity.

We’ll feature the elite ‘who’s who’ of South West business leaders – the Trailblazers – in our April publication, with over 30,000 magazine readers. Then, on Thursday 23rd June, we’ll host an exclusive champagne reception and fine dining event when the South West’s Top 10 Trailblazers will be announced. Each of the top 10 will be interviewed and profiled in our July edition of Business Leader Magazine.

Why you should participate

With unprecedented publicity and media coverage, our Trailblazers will gain high profile recognition as the South West's outstanding business people. It will catapult your reputation and credibility and raise the profile of your company among customers, suppliers, banks and financial institutions, the business community and media, both in the South West and across the UK.

The Trailblazer Process

Business Awards Nominations

1. Nominations

Nominate yourself, a colleague, supplier or customer, or other business associate that has proved outstanding in their field.

Business Awards Preselection

2. Pre-selection process

Business Leader Magazine will sift through the hundreds of nominations and based on votes and a screening process, we’ll choose the most outstanding individuals to feature in our Trailblazers League.

Business Awards Announcements

3. Trailblazers Announced

Business Leader Magazine will announce the BLM Trailblazers in the April edition, with a high profile feature that recognises individual achievements, and is circulated to over 30,000 BLM readers.

Business Awards Judging

4. Judging

A judging panel will meet to review all the Trailblazers, assess their achievements and select 10 individuals to feature in the BLM Trailblazers Top 10.

Business Awards Reception

5. Trailblazer Dinner

On 23rd June 2016 we’ll host an exclusive, VIP evening in Central Bristol with champagne reception and 4 course dinner – a fantastic opportunity to meet the region’s most outstanding achievers. Book your tickets.

Business Award Winners

6. Top 10 Announced

The BLM Trailblazers Top 10 2016 will be announced at the Trailblazers dinner.

Business Leader Magazine

7. Winners Feature

The Top10 will be interviewed and profiled in Business Leader Magazine, with 30,000 readers as well as coverage in our Newswire with 28,000 email subscribers. In addition, the winners will feature in PR stories circulated across the UK’s national media.

Trailblazer Event

Event Information

Trailblazer Awards 2016

Where: The Bristol Hotel

Trailblazer Awards Thursday 23rd June

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Trailblazer Awards in Bristol

Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Trailblazer Awards Dress Code

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Trailblazer Awards Event

Event Timeline

Champagne Reception


Join us in celebrating the inaugural Business Leader Magazine's Trailblazer awards with an exclusive champagne reception.

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South West Business Awards



Get oriented as we get events underway, starting with an introduction of our after dinner speaker.

3 Course Dinner


Connect with fellow Trailblazer candidates and key business contacts during a three course dinner.

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Business Guest Speakers

After dinner Speaker


Get engaged with this year's after dinner speaker, past Business Leader Awards hosts include Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Gyles Brandreth.

Top 40 Overview & Top 10 Announced


As the event ramps up, we will give an overview of the Top 40 Trailblazer candidates and announce the Top 10 finalists.

Bristol Based Business Awards
BLM Trailblazers Shortlist

Reserve your place

Single Ticket
Table of 10
£110 excl. VAT
£1000 excl. VAT


  • Champagne Reception
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • After dinner speaker
  • Top 10 Trailblazers presentation


  • Champagne Reception (x10)
  • 3 Course Dinner (x10)
  • After dinner speaker
  • Top 10 Trailblazers presentation

Limited to just 150 people, the Business Leader Trailblazers dinner is a closed-door, exclusive evening with the most dynamic and successful people in business. Join the elite of the business world, the people who really make things happen in the South West. To reserve your place email

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Trailblazer Top 40 Announcement

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Top 40 Finalist Dom Beaven & Ali Beavan - CEO Prezola
Top 40 Finalist Fraser Besant - Owner Ablectrics
Top 40 Finalist Steve Bowen - Founder and MD Steak of the Art
Top 40 Finalist Dave Broadway - Managing Director of CFH Docmail
Top 40 Finalist Ed Brown & Griff Holland - Friska
Top 40 Finalist Karl Brown - Commercial Property Lawyer Clarke Willmott
Top 40 Finalist Paul Brown - MD Mail Handling International
Top 40 Finalist Darren Clap - Director Glentworth Lettings, Keystone Property Reports
Top 40 Finalist Simon Brown - Director Forrest Brown
Top 40 Finalist Charles Cook - Founder and Managing Partner Cook & Co Solicitors
Top 40 Finalist Neville Coles - Principal Priory School
Top 40 Finalist Wesley Davidson & Sarah Fox Clinch - Directors Fox Davidson
Top 40 Finalist Craig Davidage - MD Rosemont Recruitment
Top 40 Finalist Nick Davies - Founder Neighbourly
Top 40 Finalist Gemma Day - Director Dowlas UK Ltd
Top 40 Finalist Brian Dudley - CEO Broadway Lodge
Top 40 Finalist Leon Fear - Director Fear Group
Top 40 Finalist Brady George - MD Almeda Facilities Management
Top 40 Finalist Ellen Green - Founder and MD Blue Badge Company
Top 40 Finalist Rob Hall - Founder Wriggle
Top 40 Finalist Joel Gibbard - CEO Open Bionics
Top 40 Finalist Louise Harrison - Founder Cocoa Libre
Top 40 Finalist Helen Lacey - MD Red Berry Recruitment
Top 40 Finalist Anna Pepler - MD HR Dept
Top 40 Finalist Al Keck - MD toinfinity
Top 40 Finalist Oli Mochizuki - CEO and Founder Fundsurfer
Top 40 Finalist Dr Paul Phillips OBE - Chief Executive and Principal Weston College
Top 40 Finalist Hayden Rushton - MD, Britannia Windows
Top 40 Finalist Matt Port - Managing Director Port Payroll & Bookkeeping
Top 40 Finalist Darren Ryemill - CEO Opus Professional Services Group
Top 40 Finalist Steve Preston - MD Heat Recruitment
Top 40 Finalist Mike Robbins - Principal Bridgwater College
Top 40 Finalist Gary Sheppard - CEO Helm Construction
Top 40 Finalist Caroline Thompson - Head of Entrepreneurial Spark
Top 40 Finalist Jon Simon - Founder and MD Pieminister
Top 40 Finalist Nick Sturge - Director Engine Shed
Top 40 Finalist Rob Vivian - CEO Pure Comms
Top 40 Finalist Ben Warren - MD The Window Outlet
Top 40 Finalist Neil Way - MD Jeff Way Electrical
Top 40 Finalist Adrian Wild - Managing Director HBXL

Following a rigorous judging procedure the Business Leader Trailblazers top 40 has been selected.

What does this mean? Following over 100 applications the judges have selected 40 individuals making waves in the South West. The top 40 will be featured in the next print edition of Business Leader Magazine, in the Trailblazers top 40 feature. Following this, the judges will then re-convene and pick a top ten, which will then be announced on Thursday June 23rd at a dinner held at the Bristol Hotel.

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