Enter the RBK&C Business Awards 2019

Enter the RBK&C Business Awards 2019

Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards, in their second year, recognises and celebrates the many dynamic and innovative businesses in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Whether your organisation is large or small there is a category for every type of business.

The benefits of entering the awards extend far beyond picking up one of our prestigious trophies at the Awards ceremony in September.

  • Reflect on your success and consider the future direction of your business.
  • Showcase your business and its achievements.
  • Generate positive PR - winners and finalists will benefit from high level of local media coverage.
  • Differentiate your business by being a Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards Winner.

Celebrate your achievements at our gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Want to sponsor? 
Sponsoring the Business Awards provides the ideal platform to showcase your business to some of the borough's most vibrant businesses, alongside the opportunity for your organisation to become a key partner in the awards process.


Nominations open for annual British Exporters Association (BExA) Young Exporter and Young Export Financier Awards

Nominations open for annual British Exporters Association (BExA) Young Exporter and Young Export Financier Awards

The GTR‐BExA Young Exporter Award, now in its 15th year, and Young Export Financier
Award, new in 2019, are open to candidates aged 35 or under and employed in the export
or export finance department of a manufacturing, trading or financial services company
registered in the UK.
The successful candidates, selected from a shortlist of interviewed candidates, will have
typically played a key role in winning or closing financing of a significant order or achieving a
series of smaller orders, or in establishing a new business process which has led to increased
export competitiveness.
Nominations are now open for the 2019 award, and close on 14th June. For the submissions
process, please visit http://www.bexa.co.uk/export‐award/

Previous winners have included:
2018: Jonathan Moyce, owner and Director of Loving Pets UK Ltd
2017: Alastair White, Deputy Chairman of Biwater International Ltd
2016: Nick de Lisle, Bid Manager at NMS Infrastructure Ltd, and Freddie Tucker, Trade &
Structured Finance at Dints International Ltd
2015: Troy Wang, VP‐Customers at Rolls‐Royce plc
2014: Christopher Blackford, Co‐Founder and Operations Director of Sky‐Futures
2013: Geoffrey de Mowbray, CEO of Dints International Ltd

 Candidates must be under 35 on 31st December 2018
 Candidates need not be BExA members
 The winner is selected by a GTR‐BExA interview panel taking account of a written
submission by the applicant.
 The winner receives a cheque for £1,000 and a 1‐year subscription to GTR, valued at

For more information, contact:
Michelle Treasure, Secretariat, BExA at 020 7222 5419 or michelle.treasure@bexa.co.uk
About BExA
The British Exporters Association (BExA) is an independent national trade association
representing the interests of the export community.

Christmas Auction Solidarity Sports Thank-you

Christmas Auction Solidarity Sports Thank-you

Thank you so much for raising crucial funds for our community work through your Christmas auction. Many of our children are recovering from severe trauma. The funds you raised for us will help give our children happy memories that last a lifetime. We are so grateful for your invaluable support.

Very best wishes,

Sean Mendez, Founder & Director, Solidarity Sports

Christmas Auction BTRC Thank you

Christmas Auction BTRC Thank you

Thank you very much indeed for the generous donation that you have made to our campaign – and indeed to all your members who attended the Christmas luncheon and bid so generously in the auction.  Thank you too, John, for nominating us to be co-recipients of the funds raised, we really appreciate your support.

When I started the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, I pledged that 100% of all donations that we receive would go directly to the research projects that we fund, with all administrative costs being sponsored by myself and our other sponsors – so I can promise that this donation will be spent wisely as we try to find better treatments – and ultimately a cure. Although relatively rare, brain tumours are one of the most devastating forms of cancer, with the lowest survival rates – indeed, they kill more children and young adults than any other form of cancer, and yet only 1% of the national cancer research spend goes into brain tumour research. Our campaign aims to redress this unjust balance, and we need all the help we can get!

Thank you sincerely, on behalf of our scientists and clinicians, as well as the brain tumour patients we are trying to help

Warmest regards,

Wendy Fulcher  | BTRC Founder, Trustee & Fundraiser

Brain Tumour Research Campaign

RBKC Business Enterprise Exchange bulletin 0023

RBKC Business Enterprise Exchange bulletin 0023

Next Wednesday - for your clients and members currently job hunting….Find a job that works for you at the Hospitality Works 2019 Job Fair. Whether you’re looking for flexible working hours, entry level or beyond, there’s a variety of employers offering a range of positions.  Wednesday 27 February from 12 noon to 3.30pm in The Great Hall of Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX.  Register today on Eventbrite to secure your place.

Funding: Culture Seeds - Now open for applications. Culture Seeds is the Mayor of London’s brand new £1million small grants programme to help London’s local communities grow grassroots arts, culture and heritage projects across the Capital. Culture Seeds will offer grants of £1,000-£5,000 to small organisations, groups and individuals. Culture Seeds will remain open for applications until March 2020. There are no other deadlines and you can apply at any time. Read more about it here.

Funding: The Next Generation Awards 2019, powered by Enterprise Trust,  provide aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30 the opportunity to pitch their business idea in front of a panel of expert judges and win business prizes including £2,500 cash investment.  Click here for more information.  There are three age categories: 16-18, 19-22, and 23-30 years old  

Funding: Baldwins Kick Start is an annual award programme for young entrepreneurs who have a good idea and would like to start their own business. Closing August 31st 2019.  The programme has a total budget of £300,000, running over ten years. Each year, the winner of the award will be given a grant of £10,000 coupled with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice. Two runners-up will be presented with £5,000 worth of accountancy advice and mentoring.  The scheme is open to young people 18 to 25.  Click here for programme details.  Click here for the application page

Funding: London-based Accelerator with Funding for Hardware Start-ups - Spring Intake.  Click here for information.  Start-ups receive a £5,000 grant on entry, plus a fully-funded manufacture trip to Shenzhen, China or a relevant European manufacturer.  The standard terms for taking part in the CRL Accelerator are for an option to offer 3% equity in the business in return for £5,000 investment. The programme also offers a chance for businesses to pitch for further funding of up to £100,000.  The deadline for applications for the spring Accelerator is 16 March 2019. 

Funding: Tech for Good 2019 from Comic Relief.  The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the emerging need for charities in the UK to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. CLOSES 12 noon GMT on 25th March 2019.  Applications of up to £48,000 over a period of nine months.  Click here for further information.

 Federation of Small Businesses Awards are now open!  Click here for FAQs/hints and tips  

Imperial Lates: Wonder Women 7th March 6-9pm Imperial College London.  From cancer crushers to Everest conquerors and climate warriors to concert pianists, celebrate Imperial’s women entrepreneurs with talks, workshops and performances. Discuss, debate, create and explore at our next Imperial Lates evening of discovery, to mark International Women’s Week

Don’t forget Kensington Creates needs you!  Tom Ulander is looking for entrepreneurs and experts with interesting stories.  Call him now on 07874978819 and discuss providing a Fireside Chat or a Skills Based Workshop.

Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards Results

Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards Results

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