Core Health and Wellness, which operates two sites in Warwick and Hatton, won the Business of the Year category in Pride of Warwick District Awards.
Core fended off stiff competition from businesses across Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth to win the accolade in the fourth annual event organised by Touch FM.
Angela Vossen, who along with her husband Dr Stefaan Vossen heads up a 40-strong team across the two sites, said it was the first time in the company’s seven-year history it had entered into an award.
But she said the success had been down to a collaborative effort by all the team who regularly pull together for the benefit of clients, the local community, the company and colleagues alike.
She said: “When we started in 2009 it was just Stefaan. He didn’t even have a secretary for the first few weeks, until he employed a former patient who had asked if she could work with him.
“Even at that stage there was only one room for him to work from, plus a small waiting room. Within a few months, Stefaan, and Christine Heap (our receptionist who is still with us) slowly but surely began to grow the business – all by word of mouth initially”.
“Today we employ around 40 people, including clinicians and the admin team (we call them our Patient Experience team). They’re an amazing group of people who are passionate about what they do. And this award has been fantastic. It has fired them up even more as they can see that the business is going in the right direction and we’re making a real difference to our clients and to our local community.”
The Vossen family was still living in London at the time Dr Vossen established Core Clinics. But since launching the business they have relocated to the area and immersed themselves in community life in and around their two clinics in Old Square, Warwick, and Hatton Technology Park, in nearby Hatton.
Both their premises had been derelict and left to deteriorate over many years but since Core Clinics took the plunge to renovate the buildings other businesses have followed suit, moving into nearby buildings and helping to breathe new life into both communities.
Core also regularly supports local charities through its annual corporate charity scheme and where possible always uses local businesses.
Angela said: “When we were living in London we could see Warwick was a great place for a business and for our family so we made a conscious effort to totally immerse ourselves in local life. It has never been just about the business it’s always been about the bigger picture.
“We have had support from so many people around us and it has helped us come so far in such a short space of time. So where we can we give something back.
“We are delighted that this has been recognised in the Pride of Warwick District Awards. It is a real pat on the back for everyone who has helped us so far.”
Since opening its doors seven years ago Core Clinics has welcomed more than 6,000 patients through its doors. The business has reported a 20 to 30 per cent increase in turnover year-on-year and is looking to continue expanding its team by a further five to 10 clinicians over the next 12 months.
The company works closely with local businesses in a bid to reduce workplace absence and underperformance through back pain, stress and other chronic conditions. It is also a sponsor of its neighbouring Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam.
Ella Cloake, Marketing Manager at the polo club, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Core Clinics. Our members regularly take advantage of the expertise of the team and this in turn has led to a marked improvement in their technique and their performance. We are delighted to see they have won this award. Dr Vossen, Angela and the team work tirelessly not just for their customers but for the local community and they are all thoroughly deserving of this recognition.”