Local business people gathered last week (28 February) to celebrate the sixth annual Hounslow Business Awards in a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Syon Park, Brentford.
Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019
Hosted by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, in association with Heathrow Airport as headline sponsor, the Hounslow Business Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community across the whole of the London Borough of Hounslow.
The awards were the culmination of a day of business activities, with the third Hounslow Festival of Business Expo taking place earlier in the day. The Expo gave businesses the opportunity to meet exhibitors, network with each other and attend workshops, all aimed at helping them develop and grow their companies.
In the evening, the awards began with a drinks’ reception at the Hilton Syon Park, where guests networked with each other before being treated to a sumptuous three-course gala dinner, followed by the awards ceremony.
David Blackmore, TV and radio presenter and regular on ITV’s This Morning, hosted the ceremony, with awards presented by category sponsors in front of an audience of nearly 150 people.
Awards were presented in ten categories, including best SME, entrepreneur of the year, innovator of the year and independent business of the year. All category winners were put forward for the coveted title of overall ‘Business of the Year’.
The Business of the Year award was presented to the Clayton Hotel Chiswick, who were also Best Business for Customer Service category winner.
Speaking at the ceremony Sally Smith, chief operating officer of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, said:
“I am highly impressed by the quality, enthusiasm and passion of the businesses that enter these awards. Your award-winning Chamber of Commerce, in business itself for 110 years, celebrates daily the incredible innovation, success, investment and growth of our business community. Congratulations to all of tonight’s finalists and winners.”
Gerard Smith, of headline sponsor Heathrow Airport, said: “Heathrow is extremely proud to be headline sponsor and we are delighted to be part of these awards tonight. We’re very supportive of local businesses. We work with thousands of businesses in the west London area and this event is an opportunity for us to recognise some of them.”
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: "Hounslow Council is once again delighted to be supporting the Hounslow Business Awards and championing the excellence of our local businesses and entrepreneurs. Small businesses are the life-blood of Hounslow. One of our biggest employers, they do a great job for us and, without them, the borough wouldn’t be what it is. I’d like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate the winners for their well-deserved awards."
The atmosphere at the gala event was buzzing all evening, with many attendees praising the celebrations to recognise business achievement. Comments included:
Sardar Singh, President of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce: “I am thrilled to be here at the awards and the expo earlier today. It is a really wonderful opportunity for local business. Congratulations and good luck to all of tonight’s finalists.”
Andrew Dakers of West London Business: “The business awards are a milestone for Hounslow’s business community, an amazing opportunity to see and celebrate what everyone’s achieved in the past year and, ultimately and really importantly, a chance for people who work hard throughout the year to let their hair down and celebrate.”
Nilesh Bhudia of So Energy said: “This is a really exciting place to be. We’re based in the local community and even to be recognised as a finalist is a great achievement for us.”
Charlotte Fougeres of Chiswick Park Estate Management: “We’re very proud to be at the awards. We are nominated in two categories, so we’re very much hoping we’ll win one of them!”
Niall Bolger, Chief Executive Officer of Hounslow Council: “I’m delighted to be here to see such a vibrant business community celebrating the success of the diverse range of businesses we have in the borough. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to network and make connections. And it’s really important to the Council that we have businesses who support our economy and create opportunities for our residents.”
Raj Dhillon of TCR UK: “The awards are a fabulous opportunity to network and also to learn about what Heathrow is doing. We’ve a whole blend of companies here, so it’s great to network, learn and understand what’s best practice in the industry.”
Michael Michaelides of West Thames College: “It’s a pleasure to be at the awards tonight to celebrate the success of our local businesses, to recognise the diverse community that we have in Hounslow and all the good work that’s been done.”
Dewald Meiring, Ballucci Coffee Bar: “I’m honoured and very excited to be here tonight. The place looks absolutely amazing and it’s great to be here.”
Imran Aslam, The Kitchen Shoppe: “We’re very honoured to be here, networking with different types of businesses. We’re a small, independent company and it’s great to be able to mix with different calibre businesses.”
For more information and a full list of winners visit: www.hounslowawards.com