The best and brightest business leaders in Hammersmith & Fulham were honoured last night at the Brilliant Business Awards.
It was the biggest show ever after an unprecedented number of businesses entered the council’s annual ceremony, highlighting the growing entrepreneurial spirit in the borough.
“We know that Hammersmith & Fulham is one of the best places to do business in Europe,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.
“This parade of winners confirms it, with these awards illustrating the verve and vigour of local enterprise which survives and thrives in H&F.”
What the judges said
More than 160 businesses took part in the Judges’ Vote where a panel of business experts had the unenviable task of selecting the winners in 13 categories.
The Best Small Business award, which had the most entries of all the categories, went to Green Bay Supermarket in North End Road, Fulham. The gong will sit nicely alongside last year’s award for Best Business in Fulham, and co-owners Paula Alcalde and Anderson Caicedo could not have been happier.
“After winning an award last year we were not expecting to win anything this year so it was a great surprise,” said Anderson. “It is an honour to be recognised by the council for all the hard work we have put in since we opened the business.”
Meanwhile, the Best New Business award went to Fort 4 Fun, an affordable after-school childcare service in Melcombe Primary School in Fulham Palace Road.
Director and manager Stella Linares was thrilled after picking up the accolade. “We only opened last year. It is absolutely amazing to win this great award,” the Shepherds Bush resident said. “My inspiration is my daughter Sienna and I cannot say how proud I am of all my team for all the hard work they have put in.”
The Public Vote
Playdays Parties founder and West Kensington resident Jamie Hoult set up the company three years ago.
“I am over the moon that we have won the award this year. This is not just a business. We are a big family here at Playdays Parties,” added Jamie.
The Brilliant Business Awards began in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength reflecting the success of local traders in the borough.
Last year’s Best Customer Service award winner Merci Maman benefited greatly from the Brilliant Business Award. Founder Beatrice de Montille launched her hand-crafted jewellery company from her kitchen table in 2007 – and has not looked back since.
“Winning the award has allowed us to grow our brand awareness locally but also nationwide,” Beatrice said. “Being recognised by your local council is a great privilege as we work hard to support and work with our local community.
“On the night of the event, we celebrated our achievements and got the chance to network with other local brands and entrepreneurs. This was a great achievement for the team as we pride ourselves on always putting the customer first.”
Even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is a fan of the Fulham company in Heathmans Road – donning one of Beatrice’s necklaces with Prince George’s name engraved on it.
Full list of Judges’ Vote winners
Best Art & Culture
Where history comes alive. Ancient buildings and tales, presented to modern-day visitors in a friendly, accessible way.
The micro bakery in the heart of Fulham delivers to local shops, while former teacher Liz Wilson runs bread-making classes to encourage more home baking. The bakery, which bakes additive and preservative-free bread, was a 2015 winner too.
Best Creative, Highly Commended
The Fulham-based hummus producer, founded five years ago on a pledge to reduce food waste, brings healthy, colourful dips to market, using raw veg.
Best Customer Service
From its dental surgery near Ravenscourt Park tube station, 92 Dental regularly wins praise from patients. Independently owned and run since 1985, it is equally at home with basic maintenance and more advanced treatments.
Best Design and Interiors
Success for the second year running for the seven-day-a-week showroom in Imperial Studios, Fulham; a cornucopia of matresses and beds with a 100-night return policy, giving you three months to change your mind.
Best Health & Beauty
Whether it’s personal training, small group work or circuit training, the Ravenscourt Park-based Bianca Sainty training team devices tailor-made packages to suit all aims and goals.
Best Independent Retailer
With addresses in Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, and in Chiswick, The Eye Studio has offered a comprehensive eye care service since 1993, specialising in contact lenses, children’s eye care and Ortho-K vision correction.
Best Local Employer
Even if you don’t know the name of the TV commercial production firm based in Blythe Road, you’ll have heard their ads on the radio and seen them on the telly… from Typhoo Tea to Asda, Cadbury to Go Compare.
Best Local Employer, Highly Commended
One of west London’s most successful, and knowledgeable, estate agents, with branches in Hammersmith and Chiswick and a top-notch reputation for service and professionalism.
Best Local Employer, Highly Commended
The Shepherds Bush architecture practice specialises in individuality. Set up by Matt Keeler in 1994, it has won many awards and takes a pride in working on local community projects too.
Best New Business
The after-school and holiday hideaway, offering safe, secure fun for all, and run by qualified staff at Melcombe primary school for the under 11s in Fulham and Hammersmith.
Best New Business, Highly Commended
From its base in Wardo Avenue, Fulham, Buddy Burst supplies eco-friendly promotional products in the form of seeds, from sticks to packets, seed paper to seed kits, to make a business impact. In the past the company has worked with Toyota, RBS and the British Red Cross.
Best Place to Drink
The gastropub in Vanston Place, Fulham, two minutes from Fulham Broadway tube, has enviably high approval ratings on TripAdvisor, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner… seven days a week. A part of the Jolly Fine Pub Group.
Best Place to Eat
An unusual Tunisian eatery at 77 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, serving hearty English fry-ups by day, then morphing into a Mediterranean, Moroccan and Tunisian restaurant by night.
Best Small Business
Celebrating a year’s trading as North End Road’s vegan food supplier, and growing in popularity every month.
Best Social Enterprise or Charity
Based in Christchurch hall in Studdridge Street, Fulham, the foodbank, now seven years old, gave out more than 5,000 three-day emergency food supply boxes in 2016, helped by a team of volunteers and donations of food.
Best Technology Business
The best tech winner is based in Parsons Green Lane, developing culture, leisure and healthcare apps and content experiences, advising companies and helping with marketing and exhibitions.
Full list of Public Vote winners
Best Hammersmith Business
The friendly yoga studio at 121 King Street, offering a variety of Baptiste Yoga classes at all levels.
Best Fulham Business
From its home in Fulham High Street, Playdays is west London’s No1 bouncy castle company! It also specialises in soft play, mascots, face painting… everything to make a young party go with a swing.
Best Shepherds Bush Business
The busy Lebanese deli and meat butcher in Uxbridge Road, Naama already has 2015 and 2016 business awards in its trophy cabinet.