The shortlist has been announced for this year’s H&F Brilliant Business Awards, after a record number of local businesses entered the competition.
The rise in applicants for the prestigious awards made it tougher than usual for the judges this time round, reflecting the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in our borough.
And there were also a record number of public votes this year as thousands of people nominated their favourite businesses in H&F.
All the winners will be announced at an awards evening on Wednesday 7 November, at Hammersmith Town Hall in King Street.
“Well done to all the local businesses which have been shortlisted for an H&F Brilliant Business Award,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.
“We’re constantly looking at ways to support the local entrepreneurs that form the core part of our thriving local economy, as we aim to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.”
The awards form part of the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf) to make the borough the best place to live, work and play in Europe.
Hammersmith resident Yohannes Miller is one of those shortlisted for the Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year accolade, which is a new category at this year’s awards.
The co-founder of Dragon Cat Cafe, in Hammersmith Broadway shopping centre, is the first place in the borough to offer authentic Taiwanese bubble tea.
He first started out trading at the council’s traffic-free Hammersmith market last year, and now has his own shop alongside his business partner Yen-Ting.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” said Yohannes. “We’ve had the chance to bring something completely new and unique to the borough.
“We’re so excited about being nominated for an H&F Brilliant Business award. It’s great to be recognised for the work we are doing in the local economy.”
Before opening their business, Yohannes and Yen-Ting went over to Taiwan to do their research in traditional 100-year-old tea factories, and now source all their ingredients and machinery from there.
Some of their most popular products include the sun moon lake tea and the red bean wheel cake.
“People are taken aback when they see the menu,” added Yohannes. “For some, it brings back memories of their childhood and home. But now they can get it on their doorstep in H&F.”
The council also added some other exciting new categories to this year’s awards, including Best Tech Start-up and Best Creative Start-up in support of the borough’s booming new tech district. That is a product of Upstream, the council’s new partnership with Imperial College London: making H&F a leading destination for the biotech, digital and creative industries.
ThinAir, which has been shortlisted for Best Tech Start-up, is transforming the way we source clean drinking water.
CEO Jonathan Risley and his team have devised a way to encourage water condensation, like that found on a steamed-up bathroom mirror, on surfaces designed to enhance this process.
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