With just weeks to go before the winners of the H&F Brilliant Business Awards are announced, the final shortlist for the judges’ prize has now been drawn up.
The judges will choose the best businesses in 12 categories from those traders who have entered themselves.
Each will get four tickets to the grand gala at Hammersmith Town Hall on Thursday 19 November. Champagne for the night has been generously donated by independent, family-owned Hammersmith estate agent Horton and Garton who were winners last year.
Entries for the judges’ prize are now closed. But for businesses that did not quite make the cut, and even for those which did, there is still time for people to choose them in the public vote.
Visit www.lbhfbba.com by 12 November 2015 to cast a vote for your favourite business and you could win a fantastic prize at the same time.
Prizes include a one-hour teeth whitening session worth £325 at Kings Dental Clinic in North End Road, West Kensington, hire of a Harley Davidson from Warr’s Harley Davidson in King’s Road, a £150 voucher for Cherry Red salon in Hadyn Park Road, Shepherds Bush, tickets to a show at Bush Hall in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, and a meal for two at Azou north African restuarant in King Street, Hammersmith.
“Congratulations to those who made the shortlist,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.
“With so many amazing local businesses in the borough, just to be shortlisted by the judges is an amazing achievement.”
One of the businesses which made the shortlist is Lebanese butcher and deli Naama in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush. They were selected by the judges in the creative business and independent retailer categories.
They were also praised by many people who named the deli in the public vote for the quality of their food and their community spirit.
“Great staff and amazing food,” said customer Charlie Johnson. “I've lived in Shepherd's Bush all my life, this is my favourite place to get a delicious wrap.”
Owner Moussa Merhi, who has run the business for more than eight years, said he was delighted to be put forward by both the judges and the public.
“I’m really happy,” he said. “We have a lot of loyal customers; everyone feels like family when they come here.”
The winners of the public vote and the judges’ prize will be announced at the gala event on Thursday 19 November.
The categories traders are competing for in the judges’ prize are:
- Best customer service
- Best new business (under 18 months)
- Best restaurant
- Best cafe
- Best independent retailer
- Best creative business
- Best small business (employing 10 people or less)
- Best local employer
- Best training and development provider
- Best export business
- Best social enterprise or charity
- Best technology business.