Over 200 people gathered to celebrate the first ever Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards at a glittering ceremony at the Millennium Gloucester Kensington Hotel on Thursday night.
Hosted by the Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce in association with Banham Security, the 2018 Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards recognised and rewarded the achievements of the local business community across the whole of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Beginning with a reception in the moonlit conservatory on the top floor of the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, resplendent with palm trees and an ice sculpture created for the occasion, guests from the local business world networked with each other before being treated to a sumptuous three-course gala dinner, followed by the awards ceremony itself.
Awards were presented in thirteen categories, including employer of the year, best new business, best hotel and best independent retailer. 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 Food Alert, a consultancy offering food safety, health & safety and fire safety services, software and training to businesses across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Food Alert were also Best SME category winner.
Speaking at the ceremony, Michael Stone, chairman of the Chamber, said: “These inaugural awards demonstrate that we have a vibrant and engaged business community in Kensington & Chelsea. I am completely amazed at the quality and high standard of the businesses we have in the borough and I’m proud of all those who entered the awards. They’re employing serious numbers of people, they are innovative, they’re trading internationally and they’re growing.”
Martin Herbert, managing director of Banham Security, commented: “I am impressed with the dynamism, diversity and entrepreneurial flair of all the businesses here tonight. They should be truly proud of their achievements, whatever their size. The awards are a great accolade for those who win, helping them gain new business and win new customers. Tonight’s event also provides recognition, peer-to-peer endorsement and valuable networking opportunities for everyone here.”
Councillor Catherine Faulks, lead member for skills and enterprise at the RBK&C, said: “I am delighted and excited to see so many here at these first awards. The talent and flair of businesses large and small is what makes the borough a special place. The skills and enterprise portfolio is hugely important, recognising the value local businesses and entrepreneurs bring to the borough. We want to understand the barriers local businesses face and how we can best support them, while also supporting young people to develop their skills through work experience provided by the businesses.”
Watch our short video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8aAstA9Qag&feature=youtu.be
For more information and a full list of winners visit: www.rbkcawards.com
THE HUNT IS ON FOR THE BEST BUSINESSES IN KENSINGTON & CHELSEA FOR 2018.
Hosted by the Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the 2018 Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards aim to recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community across the whole of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Businesses are invited to put themselves forward for the awards, which will be launched on 10th April 2018. The finalists will then be invited to a gala dinner and awards ceremony in September 2018.
With 13 categories, there is one to suit every type of business:
• Business of the year
• Entrepreneur of the year
• Best social enterprise or charity
• Best independent retailer
• Best business for customer service
• Best hotel
• Best restaurant or bar
• Best SME business
• Best new business
• Best tech & innovation company
• Employer of the year
• Young entrepreneur or apprentice of the year
• Large business of the year
Organized by Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards will recognise and reward the achievements of companies of all sectors and sizes. Leader of the council Elizabeth Campbell said:
“These awards demonstrate that Kensington & Chelsea is an exciting place to work. Recognition from these awards can make a difference when securing new customers and new business. Applications are welcome from all local businesses in the borough, large and small, north or south of the borough and there is no limit to the number of categories that can be entered.”
Especially in this period of change for business, the council feels that winning an award will help your business stand out from its competitors. We would positively encourage all our business in the borough to enter and become business champions.
There are 13 award categories, so every business in the borough should feel they can enter and show off what they do best. Could you be the Entrepreneur of the year or even win the ultimate title Business of the Year?
Michael Stone, chairman of Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, commented: “I continue to be very impressed with the quality, enthusiasm and passion of the businesses in the borough and would encourage them all to enter these inaugural awards”.
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Solidarity Sports Partnership Proposal - Making Children’s Dreams Come True
Solidarity Sports has a totally unique opportunity to present to you – a chance to collaborate to help make children’s dreams come true; a week after the 1 year anniversary of the tragic Grenfell fire, we are taking our children to Disneyland to help create memories that will last a lifetime.
Can you help us make this happen?
In the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, three of our Solidarity Sports children and their parents – the Hashim family – were all tragically lost. Firdaws, 12 , was one of these children: a bright and rising star, she dreamed of visiting Disneyland. In the family’s honour Solidarity Sports launched the Hashim Family Legacy, whose purpose is to make children’s wishes come true.
Our first dream fulfilled was a trip to Disneyland Paris in October 2017, in memory of Firdaws. We will never give up on our children’s dreams, and we pledge to continue to help them come true.
In the aftermath of the fire, Solidarity Sports were a go-to organisation for the media, and Jon Snow in particular made a touching film with us about Firdaws. We also spoke to the Evening Standard and have since been interviewed by national and international news companies.
As a community and as an extended family, we want to help our children heal and move forward. Given the overwhelming success of our first trip, we want to take another 16 children and 8 mentors on a magical, unforgettable trip to Disneyland. We have just over a month to plan and fundraise for this once-in-a-lifetime holiday, and we need your help to do it.
The trip in total will cost £10,000 and this includes producing a film. If you are able to be a unique corporate partner and sponsor the entirety of the trip, we would:
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4/.Visit your offices afterwards with some of the children to talk to your staff about the trip
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6/.Named as the “Hashim Family Legacy Corporate Partner of the Year 2018”
Or, if you were able to be a partial sponsor and contribute a sum towards the trip along with other partners, we would include all companies as above. For more information, please contact our Founder and Director, Sean Mendez on 07958 59922 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity No. 1123589
The streets are the world’s biggest talent platform and we celebrate the vibrancy of our street entertainment scene. For Kensington and Chelsea – and London as a whole, if we are to maintain our proud tradition of being a global powerhouse for music – more needs to be done to support and regulate our busking community.
However, on average, we receive 1,200 complaints of noise pollution and anti-social busking within our borough. We have launched a consultation so that we can work with residents, musicians and the wider local community to find a solution.
We need to strike a balance between what works for both residents and street performers. In the past, we have investigated busking negatively on the quality of life of residents.
The Council is considering making licensing and conducted targeted enforcement pilots. Our goal is to ensure that street entertainment doesn’t impact a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to address excessive levels of noise, nuisance, annoyance, danger of risk of harm or injury caused by street entertainment activities to residents and businesses.
The Council is keen to hear the views of residents, businesses, street entertainers/buskers and other stakeholders on this proposal, possible restrictions and the area to be covered by the order. You can complete the short questionnaire at www.rbkc.gov.uk/buskingsurvey
We would also be grateful if you could promote the questionnaire to members of your organisation and other interested stakeholders. The closing date for responses is Friday 6 July 2018.
Community Engagement Team
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea