Woods Hardwick Shortlisted for Three SME Bedfordshire Business Awards

Woods Hardwick have been successful in reaching the finals of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards 2023 in collaboration with Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

The independent practice which specialises in architecture, engineering, planning and surveying has operated from Bedford for its entire 57 year history whilst also delivering for the wider region.


Woods Hardwick was put forward for three award entries in total and have been shortlisted in all three categories which include:


  • Bedford Business of the Year
  • Business of the Year More Than 50+ Staff
  • Employer of the Year


The award nominations reflect the success of the business over the past year which has seen it move over to an Employee Ownership Trust model, work extensively with high profile clients, a new staff engagement plan and a new five year business strategy.

Winners of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards will be revealed at the black tie award ceremony taking place at The Auction House, Luton on Thursday 29 June 2023.


John Freeman, director for Woods Hardwick and trustee for the Employee Ownership Trust, said: “Being shortlisted for the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards is a fantastic recognition for all the work and effort that staff continually put into the business and our clients each year.

“We’ve had quite the exciting 12 months with a shift in company model and bringing staff voices more into the everyday operations of the business which is supporting the growth and legacy of Woods Hardwick.”


Justin Richardson, chief executive for Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce commented: “We are more than happy to support these excellent local awards, especially as the winners then go forward to the National Finals in London.”

Damian Cummins, awards director for SME Awards, added: “We are now in our seventh year of these prestigious awards and are delighted to welcome the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce onboard in a leading capacity.”