Brant Basics founder Morris Cox named 2018 Business Citizen of the Year

20 awards handed out to more than 50 businesses and people at Peterborough Business Excellence Awards ceremony at Showplace

Brant Basics founder Morris Cox (second from left, pictured in 2013 with his children and current Brant owners Jeff Cox, David Cox, and Susan Sharp) was named the Business Citizen of the Year at the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on October 17, 2018. (Photo: Pat Trudeau)
Brant Basics founder Morris Cox (second from left, pictured in 2013 with his children and current Brant owners Jeff Cox, David Cox, and Susan Sharp) was named the Business Citizen of the Year at the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on October 17, 2018. (Photo: Pat Trudeau)

The 15th annual Peterborough Business Excellence Awards were handed out last night (October 17) at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough.

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce awards publicly recognize and honour local businesses that have demonstrated a passion for excellence.

Hosted by Megan Murphy, the event included awards for local businesses in 17 different categories, along with 4-Under-40 Profiles, two Business Student Leadership Prizes, and Business Citizen of the Year. More than 50 businesses and people were honoured.

The prestigious Business Citizen of the Year was awarded to Morris Cox, founder of family-owned office supply company Brant Basics.

Tina Bromley, owner of Tiny Greens Plant Cafe, accepts the Local Focus award at the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards ceremony at  Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on October 17, 2018 as her team looks on. (Photo: Tiny Greens / Twitter)
Tina Bromley, owner of Tiny Greens Plant Cafe, accepts the Local Focus award at the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on October 17, 2018 as her team looks on. (Photo: Tiny Greens / Twitter)

Cox founded the company in 1964, selling typewriters and related items from the basement of the family home. Following two storefronts on Charlotte Street, Brant moved to its 25,000-square-foot permanent home and head office at 296 George Street. The business is currently owned by Cox’s sons Jeff and David and his daughter Susan Sharp.

Other recipients included engineering company Cambium (Employer of The Year), insect-as-food producer Entomo Farms (two awards, once for Innovation/Research & Development and one for Environmental Practices), Tiny Greens Plant Cafe (Local Focus), Lang Pioneer Village Museum (Customer First), and Martin Carbajal, La Mesita Restaurante (Immigrant Entrepreneur Of The Year).

The full list of awards finalists and recipients is provided below.


2018 Business Excellence Awards Finalists and Recipients

Entrepreneurial Spirit (sponsored by Gauvreau & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants)

  • Salti Yoga
  • Tiny Greens Plant Cafe
  • We-Fix-U Physiotherapy and Foot Health Centres – Recipient

Skilled Trades (sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada)

  • Bruce Maly Plumbing & Drain Services Inc.
  • Kawartha Lakes Construction – Recipient
  • The Endeavour Centre

Tourism (sponsored by BMO Financial Group)

  • Cavan Art Gallery & Academy
  • Harley Farms
  • Kawartha Craft Beer Festival (Publican House Brewery and Smithavens Brewing Company) – Recipient

Hospitality (sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union)

  • Personal Touch Catering & Events
  • The Imperial Tandoor – Recipient
  • The Venue

Micro Business – Fewer than 5 employees (sponsored by Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd.)

  • Birchview Design
  • Pure Essence Spa
  • Sullivan Law Ptbo – Recipient

Retail (sponsored by RBC Royal Bank)

  • Lakefield Foodland
  • Leon’s Furniture – Recipient
  • The Original Flame

Professional Services (sponsored by The Peterborough Examiner)

  • Cody & James CPAs Professional Corporation
  • Gauvreau & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants – Recipient
  • Kawartha Credit Union

Immigrant Entrepreneur Of The Year (sponsored by Fleming College)

  • Martin Carbajal, La Mesita Restaurante – Recipient
  • Mohammad Alftih, (OMG) Oasis Mediterranean Grill
  • Andressa Lacerda, Noblegen Inc.

Customer First (sponsored by TD Bank Group)

  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Home Suite Home Transitions
  • Lang Pioneer Village Museum – Recipient

Local Focus (sponsored by Trent University)

  • 4th Line Theatre
  • Locavorest
  • Tiny Greens Plant Cafe – Recipient

Innovation/Research & Development (sponsored by Innovation Cluster)

  • Entomo Farms – Recipient
  • Noblegen Inc.
  • Selwyn Garlic Farms

Commercial Development Or Renovation (sponsored by City of Peterborough)

  • Publican House Brewery – Recipient
  • The Venture North Building

Marketing & Promotion (sponsored by BDO Canada LLP)

  • Corus Peterborough
  • inspirtainment inc. – Recipient
  • Mega Experience

Environmental Practices (sponsored by County of Peterborough)

  • Camp Kawartha
  • Entomo Farms – Recipient
  • The Endeavour Centre

Health & Wellness (sponsored by Peterborough Regional Health Centre)

  • Jo Anne’s Place
  • Kawartha Heights Retirement Living
  • Salti Yoga – Recipient

Not-For-Profit (sponsored by Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough)

  • Hospice Peterborough – Recipient
  • The Canadian Canoe Museum
  • YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Employer Of The Year (sponsored by LLF Lawyers LLP)

  • Cambium – Recipient
  • Pinchin Ltd.
  • Trent Valley Honda

4-Under-40 Profiles (sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough)

  • Reem Ali – Recipient
  • Mike D’Alessandro – Recipient
  • Nicole Gagliardi – Recipient
  • Andressa Lacerda – Recipient

Business Student Leadership Prizes (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)

  • Naman Bhardwaj, Trent University – Recipient
  • Emily Scott, Fleming College – Recipient

Business Citizen Of The Year (sponsored by Nexicom) – Recipient

  • Morris Cox – Recipient

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