EVONA wins New Business of the Year

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The Lloyds Bank British Business of Excellence Awards are the pinnacle in British Business Awards an elite business awards programme for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Celebrating the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses, the awards aim to showcase excellence in the country and receiving a place in the final is a huge achievement in itself.

Entering into these awards, EVONA faced competition from numerous industries and some very impressive companies. The finalists were: Distributed, Exchange Train, Home Dine Club Ltd, Investor Meet Company,  Premier Hearing, Three Sisters Farm Ltd, Pinter and The SaaSy People. The winners were announced on 9th Nov at an award ceremony in London, UK and it goes without saying that we were hugely proud to be crowned New Business of the Year 2021.



EVONA named New business of the Year winners 2021



The New Business of the Year recognises the companies that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show importance within their sector or industry through significant innovation and leadership. After what has been a very strange year for a lot of us, EVONA are proud to have tripled in size, not furloughed a single member of staff through lockdown and exceeded initial business targets for the year. We’ve been keen to keep the company together and inclusive, seeking new innovative ways to stay connected and ensure new members of staff are onboarded so they feel they’re part of the crew from day one.

It’s also been important for EVONA to give back through wider CSR initiatives that have seen us grow and expand the EVONA global forest by planting to date over 680 trees just this year, raise and donate over £12,000 for mental health charities and donate hundreds of food parcels to local food banks.

Our win on the night – Left to Right: Director of Halifax, John Brightwell; EVONA Co-Founders Ryan Hill, Jack Madley, Richard Joyce and Tom Kelly and host, Steph McGovern

Speaking at the Award ceremony on the 9th Nov, Event Director of The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards (BBEA), Sarah Austin said: “Our awards are a national platform to showcase, celebrate and honour the very best of British business. Becoming a finalist is a very impressive accolade; all our finalists stood out as truly creative and innovative during a turbulent year for British businesses; they have proven their companies to be resilient, entrepreneurial and really are best of class.”

In order to be crowned in our category we had to demonstrate a business concept that had met and overcome challenges, adopted a clear understanding of their market, shown significant innovation, built a strong team and has the foundations in place for continued success and potential expansion. specifically we had to show:

  • Significant growth through meeting and exceeding key objectives
  • Innovation through product and services
  • Consideration of customer and employee engagement
  • Effective leadership and visionEthical approach to business
  • Plans to sustain financial growth
  • Finances on track with business strategy

EVONA purposely wanted to make our mark in the business world and not just amongst our fellow recruiters as our Co-Founder Richard Joyce explains:

“We purposely aspired to be recognised outside of the conventional Recruitment industry awards and aimed towards business excellence, innovation & disruptor focused accolades to really push & challenge ourselves as a business.”

Interviewed on the night, Joyce continues “This is the award we wanted to be recognised for. Our industry is space, a sector focussed on the betterment of our planet and that starts at home, it started with our country.”

Asked what the future holds for EVONA and what the next five years will look like, Joyce continues “We want to raise the curtain on the global space sector; UK, Europe, US and globally. We want to make space accessible for everybody, it’s not just about astronauts – whether you’re an engineer, lawyer, teacher, whatever your chosen profession, there’s space for everyone.”

Speaking on the win, Tom Kelly added “For me it’s amazing to have the validation of everything we believe in. We’ve worked tirelessly to make EVONA something special and to have such high level external praise is such an incredible feeling.

Viva la EVONA!