“It becomes a bit of talking point among the community and you go on to generate new business,” said Jennifer Fox, joint owner of Cherry Red Salon, one of the winners of last year’s H&F Brilliant Business Awards.
“We didn’t expect to win, we were just grateful to be nominated. When one of our employees won employee of the year we were over the moon; we felt very proud and it was well deserved I have to say. We also won best new business in 2013,” she said.
The awards are back, helping you shine a light on the traders you love most in the borough with a public vote. Businesses say they are in no doubt about the value of taking part.
The owner of the salon in Hadyn Park Road, Shepherd’s Bush added: “Even if you don’t win, it’s a great experience to be nominated.”
You can vote for your favourite business with public vote awards for the most popular in Fulham, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. We’ve changed the way you can vote this year to make it easier to support the businesses you like best.
“Independent local businesses are not just the lifeblood of our local economy, they help define H&F’s identity,” said Councillor Ben Coleman, Cabinet Member for Commercial Revenue and Residents’ Satisfaction.
“Everyone has their favourite cafe, shop or other small business which the borough wouldn’t be the same without. These awards are your chance to reward your favourites and acknowledge the difference they make to you in your neighbourhood.”
For another way to win, traders can enter themselves to be considered by a panel of judges. The judges will scour the entries to crown the best business in 12 categories which include best restaurant, best independent retailer and best customer service.
Another winner, Chris Benarab, owner of Azou North African Restaurant, said the awards were great for building ties with the community and raising their profile in the borough.
The restaurant in King Street, Hammersmith, won the Best Food Business and the People’s Choice Award last year.
“You work hard so it was great to be rewarded like that,” Chris said, who has run the restaurant for about 18 years.