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The winners of this year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:27 31 October 2016

The winners group pose for a photo at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016.

The winners group pose for a photo at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016.

Vickie Flores

Businesses from across east London and Essex came together to honour the winners of the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016 on Friday.

Held in the luxurious surroundings of Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden and hosted by none other than BBC business journalist Declan Curry, the night’s ceremony saw our panel of expert judges reveal who had won each of the highly-coveted awards.

With 12 awards on offer hopeful entrepreneurs from across the capital were treated to a performance from classical singers Duette before BBC business journalist Declan Curry took to the stage to take charge of proceedings.

Trevor Blackman was thrilled that his company, Ape Media, was selected from all the finalists to receive their award, which was accompanied by £12,000 worth of free advertising across Archant newspapers.

Speaking after he won, he said: “I’m absolutely amazed and thrilled and I am just so, so grateful.

This year’s finalists

New Business of the Year:

NJD People Consulting

ATK Electrical Services (winner)

Flex TV

Small Business of the Year :

The Face Painting Shop

Nutbourne Ltd

Systematics International Ltd

May Residential Homes Ltd

Medium Business of the Year:

Goldex Investments Ltd Costa Coffee

Function Business Services

Haven House Children’s Hospice

X9 Services

Large Business of the Year (sponsored by Kingston Smith):

Texcell Technology Plc

Big Cars Ltd

A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc

Commercial Business in the Community Award (sponsored by East End Community Foundation):

Goldex Investments Ltd Costa Coffee

Foundation Sports

Function Business Services

Innovation Award (sponsored by Newham Sixth Form College):

Strawberry Star Group

Landmark Estates

Flex TV

Silent Secret Ltd

Customer Service Award (sponsored by Gallions Reach Shopping Park):

Urban Network

Systematics International Ltd

Aaron Holmes Ltd

Zing Mortgages

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Mont Rose College):

Seun Oshinake, Silent Secret Ltd

Izaak Rushton, Engine Rooms - Shadowcast Ltd

Laura Kavanagh, Sports Quest

Victoria Oladele, The Insyde Talk Show

Employer of the Year:

A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc

Odisseo Enterprise Ltd/ The Coffee Room

Yuyuki Enterprise

Business Person of the Year:

Santhosh Gowda. Strawberry Star Group

Peter McAllister, M1 Fine Art

Gary Lewis and Carmen Lewis, A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc

Tony Factor, Function Business Services

Darshan Sunger, Three Oaks Estates

Trevor Blackman, Ape Media

Judges’ Award: Ape Media

Company of the Year (sponsored by Aspers Casino): Texcell Technology

“It’s been a long year of really hard work and when you’re employing other people there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders to make sure everything works out, but this makes it all worth while.

“This award is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - thank you.”

Another big winner on the night was 24-year-old Izaak Rushton of Shadowcast Ltd, who was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year for his work setting up and managing the Engine Rooms recording studio in Bow.

“It means a lot to win - it feels good to be acknowledged,” he said of taking home the award. “Especially when you consider that a lot of the judges are city people with loads of experience, it shows I must be doing something right.

“I had my mum in the audience and all the support I have had from friends and family has been so important so it’s been a brilliant night.”

Another of the night’s winners were Stuart Rook and Tony Charles of Foundation Sports.

Despite the fact just the two of them attended the awards, their victory in the Commercial Business in the Community Award was greeted with a large cheer from their table.

Mr Rook said: “Only the two of us came along but we were lucky to make quite a few new friends at our table during the course of the evening.

“It’s brilliant to win it.”

Mr Charles agreed: “A lot of business is about being able to quickly build a rapport with people, and we even managed to do that tonight so it’s been great for us.”

The night also gave those in attendance the opportunity to raise money for three specially chosen charities doing vital work across east London and Essex, Haven House Children’s Hospice, Richard House Children’s Hospice and Havens Hospices.

A charity raffle, auction and casino successfully raised £3,210 on the night.

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