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business awards Kingston marks a brilliant year for business at sparkling sixth annual awards The Royal Borough’s business community celebrated a year of success at the glittering 2018 Kingston Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon. The sixth annual awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, hosted by founding partners Kingston Council, Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Kingston First, was attended by 270 people at the Ravens Ait venue on the River Thames. A series of category awards were presented during the evening, which was hosted by TV journalist Sally Bundock, with the premier award, Kingston’s Business of the Year, going to The White House Nursing Home. Managing Director, Rahim Nurmohamed, who collected the award with his wife and business partner Salima, said it was for all the staff providing end of life care at the Quality Care Commission ‘Outstanding’ rated home. He said: “Winning Business of the Year is overwhelming. We are very happy, very proud and very surprised to have won as we were up against a really tough list of fantastic businesses. In an age where care homes always seem to have a bad press, this is a real opportunity for a small community nursing home to shine. The implication for us as a small business in the borough is huge – it really raises our profile. For a small independent like us to win an award like this is a massive step.”

Business of the Year, White House Nursing Home with Lawrence Wright of lead sponsor Willmott Dixon (left) and Sir Edward Davey MP with Wags N Tales (right), who won three category awards

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A record 103 entries from a total of 69 businesses entered the awards this year, with the category winners, being chosen after a rigorous two-stage judging process and announced exclusively at the awards ceremony. Speaking at the event, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston, Councillor Thay Thayalan, praised the area’s businesses saying they are the lifeblood of the community. Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Officer of Kingston First, the Business Improvement District for Kingston upon Thames, said: "These Awards showcase the incredible commitment and calibre of Kingston's business community." Guests at the Gala Awards Dinner, who included Sir Edward Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton, travelled by boat across the Thames at Surbiton to enjoy a meal and entertainment at the unique island venue. Jerry Irving, CEO of Kingston Chamber of Commerce, hailed it as another fantastic evening for the Kingston business community. He said: “Yet another triumphant event showcasing and celebrating the diverse and excellent talent we have across all business sectors in the royal borough. The Chamber is proud to act as their representative”. Stephen Parker, Company New Business Manager and National Leisure Sector Lead of headline sponsor Willmott Dixon, said the company has close links with the town and was pleased to support the local community and its businesses. The Kingston Business Excellence Awards were established to celebrate the successes and achievements of the Royal Borough’s vibrant business community. They are sponsored by Willmott Dixon, The Royal Borough of Kingston, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Kingston First, British Land and USS, CNM Estates, Kingston College, Kingston University, McDonalds, and Palmer Wealth Management. They are supported by IQinIT, Kingston Burrowes and Warren House.

The 2018 Kingston Business Awards Winners: Business of the Year Winner The White House Nursing Home Best New Start Up Winner A and G Corporate Travel Highly Commended Silicon Reef Commended The Dapper Fox Barbershop Best Business for Customer Service Winner UKcentric Ltd t/a Dotwise Highly Commended A-Plan Insurance Kingston Commended John Rose Eye Care Best Charity or Social Enterprise Winner Oxygen Highly Commended Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness Commended Momentum Children’s Charity Best Employer Winner MediaVision Highly Commended IQ in IT Commended Revive Skin and Beauty Centre Business Commitment to Education & Skills Winner Kingston Rotary Club Highly Commended Story Storks Commitment to the Community Winne Surbiton Farmers' Market Highly Commended Super Sitters Commended You Creative Rebel Entrepreneur of the Year Winner Kate Andrews, SketchBetter Highly Commended Dipesh Morjaria, Lionstrike Limited Commended Louis Venter, MediaVision Best Marketing Campaign Winner Wags N Tales Highly Commended Fortunella Cafe The SME Excellence Award Winner The White House Nursing Home Highly Commended Be Curious Ltd Commended Secret Garden Play Café Independent Retailer of the Year Winner Wags N Tales Highly Commended The Dapper Fox Barbershop Commended Rock and Rose Photography Best Business for Hospitality & Food Excellence Winner Wags N Tales Highly Commended Roz Ana Limited Commended Holiday Inn London-Kingston South Commended Las Iguanas

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