SUCCESS stories from the world of commerce were honoured at the 19th Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards at Center Parcs, with three firms getting double honours.

Equipment supplier Office Evolution, of Trowbridge, was named Small Business of the Year and also won for services to the community.

Service director Matthew Goodall said: “It was a cracking accolade to have.

“We have managed to buck the trend of the recession. There are lots of companies that are achieving growth, but [we have] maintained a fairly regular growth.

“We have to learn all the time. The last 12 months have been tough and we have had to look back at what made us successful in the first place. The key thing was returning to our grass roots.

“We want to maintain our relationships with the customers and a level of service.”

Devizes agriculture, security and construction firm TH White picked up the Apprenticeship Employer and Overall Excellence awards.

IT solutions firm Excalibur Communications, of Swindon, won the Innovation and Growth Award and its chief executive, James Phipps, was named Business Person of the Year.

The ceremony, organised by Newsquest Wiltshire, was held at the Center Parcs’ Longleat Forest holiday venue, near Warminster, with representatives of the county’s business community coming together to celebrate the successes of the last 12 months.

Other winners included Swindon health and social care provider Seqol, which won the Customer and Staff Care Award and Corsham’s Park Lane Press, in the Environmental category.

The main sponsor for this year’s ceremony was Thrings Solicitors, which presented the award for Overall Excellence, the Wiltshire Business Of The Year 2012.

The other sponsors were Nat West, Mainline Employ-ment, RSM Tenon, BBC Wiltshire, Business West, the European Union Regional Development Fund, Wessex Chambers and Newsquest, the owner of the Wiltshire Times, Gazette and Herald and Swindon Advertiser.

Shamus Donald, the managing director of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire Newsquest, said: “Without sponsors, these events would not happen, so I am grateful for their support.”