2016 Winners

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Business of the Year

Winner:  Executive Point UK


Stephen Burton, MeetingPoint’s head of sales and training, said: “We’re absolutely loving it.

“I used to play basketball with Ian (the company founder) at school. We won stuff back then, and we’re winning now.”



Best SME Business – Sponsored by Antoinette Group

Winner: GSUK

Paul Crossman, managing director: “We’re very, very humbled. It means a lot to us. We put a lot of effort into what we do and this is definitely one for the team”

Highly commended: Caterpillars Cafe

Commended: Speclean

Best Start Up Business

Winner: Community Motors

Justin Cooper, General Manager: “We’re really chuffed. It’s the first time we’ve entered and we’re really pleased. This award isn’t about us, it’s about the impact we have on the people we’re serving.”


Highly commended:  The Fellowship Barber Shop

Commended: Greenwoods Residential


Commitment to the Community- Sponsored by Doubletree by Hilton

Winner:  Kingston Vineyard and Growbaby

 “We didn’t think we would win and it’s the most exciting thing ever. We love serving our community whether we win or lose but this is the best, most extraordinary beautiful thing.”

Highly commended:  Kingston Race and Equalities Council

Commended:  Genuine Solutions Limited


Best Business for Customer Service – Sponsored by McDonalds

Winner:  Holiday Inn, Kingston South

 Jay Potdar, interim general manager: “This is really exciting. We’ve been nominated a few times before but never quite managed to cross the line. I’m so proud of everyone here for their efforts day in, day out.”

Highly commended:  IQ in IT Ltd

Commended:  Genuine Solutions Limited


Independent Retailer Of The Year- Sponsored by Kingstonfirst

Winner:  Food for Thought

Zofia Giles, manager: “Thank you, we work really hard and we’re very, very pleased.”

Patricia Brune, assistant manager: “We’re really excited to win this award. Thank you, we really appreciate it.”

Highly commended:  The Cheeky Pea

Commended:  Caterpillars Cafe, Serenity


Best Business for Marketing and Social Media- Sponsored by GSL

Winner:  Figment Agency

 Emma Levy, marketing director: “We’re really delighted to win this award. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past year to market both ourselves and our clients. Thank you so much.”

Highly commended:  YA2C LTD

Commended:  Banquet Records


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by CNM Estates

Winner:  Ian Brigden, Meeting Point UK

 “I’d like to dedicate this award to my beautiful wife. This is quite a shock. I didn’t expect to even be nominated, but now I’ve got it I’m very grateful.”

Highly commended:  Clare Garner, Prestige Business Solutions

Commended:  Steven Grant, Figment Agency


Tech Innovation of the Year

Winner: Pangea

Paul Gouws, accepting on behalf of chief executive Dan Cunliffe: “We’re very excited to win this award and our chief executive will be very pleased.”




Best Charity or Social Enterprise

Winner:  Momentum Children’s Charity

Bianca Effemy, founder: “This is a real privilege. All charities work very, very hard for everyone and Momentum certainly works very hard for what it’s achieved. This award should go to the families of children we look after. They’re the ones who fight and inspire us to do what we do.

Highly commended:  The Community Brain

Commended:  Kingston Rotary Club


Best Business for Staff Training and Development- Sponsored by Kingston University

Winner:  ExecutivePoint

Stephen Burton, head of sales and training: “To come here from the North to try and help people and to get recognition for it – we’re over the moon.”

Highly commended:  Genuine Solutions Limited

Commended:  Speclean

Best Business for Food and Hospitality

Winner: The Boaters Inn

 Jerry Irving, collecting on behalf of Boater’s Inn: “The Boater’s Inn is a fantastic pub and one of the great things it does every year is feed hungry peddlers after the Chamber’s annual dragon boat race.”

Highly commended:  The Cheeky Pea

Commended:  Jack’s Kitchen at the Holiday Inn London-Kingston South


Apprentice Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Kingston College

Winner: Holland, Hahn & Wills

 Chris Hirsch, managing partner:  It just shows a commitment to having apprentices pays dividends in the end. Not just for Luke [Luke Smith, apprentice] but also for us as a team. Also it makes us all feel younger!”

Highly commended:  Tax Assist Accountants

Commended:  ExecutivePoint