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.”

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K&C Business Awards Winners 2018
Business of the Year
Winner: Food Alert
Best Business for Customer Service
Winner: The Capital Hotel Kensington
Highly Commended: Enjoy Education
Commended: Worlds End Studios, KidSorted
Independent Business of The Year
Winner: Coleman Douglas Pearls
Highly Commended: Initially London, Emma Victoria Payne Bridalwear
Commended: H&Y Jewellery, Rickman Properties
Best SME
Winner: Food Alert
Highly Commended: Innovative Aged Care, Little Dish
Commended: Susan Metcalfe Residential
Employer of the Year
Winner: London Marriott Hotel Kensington
Highly Commended: Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Commended: Holiday Inn Kensington
Best Charity or Social Enterprise
Winner: Solidarity Sports
Highly Commended: Friends of Chelsea Children’s Hospital School
Commended: LEGS
Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Katherine Pooley
Highly Commended: Natasha Mudhar - Sterling Media
Commended: Adam Merlai - Merali Beedle
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Annys Fairweather – LEGS
Best New Business
Winner: Please Connect Me
Highly Commended: City Relay
Commended: Threads & Co
Best Hotel
Winner: The Capital Hotel Kensington
Highly Commended: Hotel Indigo London Kensington
Commended: Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Best Bar or Restaurant
Winner: The Chelsea Cellar
Highly Commended: Uli Ltd
Commended: The Hanson Cab
Special Recognition Award
Winner: The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation
Small Employer of the Year
Winner: Draycott Nursing