Newham Business Awards celebrates success of borough's companies
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 05 October 2018
Companies from across the borough united to celebrate the best in business at the Newham Business Awards.
The ceremony, held at the Old Town Hall in Stratford last night (Thursday), saw established business owners and new entreprenuers alike celebrate the success and achievement of those running enterprises in the borough.
Businesses were able to be nominated in 12 different categories, with a shortlist of between two and four drawn up for each.
The ultimate prize, business of the year, was only eligible to be won by companies who had won one or more of the other categories.
And it was the Well-Bean Company who came out on top, being selected for the prize after winning the sole trader/micro business of the year and the young entrepreneur of the year award.
The handcrafted chocolate company aims to promote a positive relationship between good food and the mind, with its profits supporting mental wellbeing projects.
Founder Charlie Claydon said: “It’s incredible. We’ve only been going since January. To be recognised as a company doing something really incredible, it’s amazing.”
Other winners included A13 Steel, who picked up the business growth and green business of the year awards.
Managing director Matas Gailevicius said: “We’re very excited. We did have an awards ceremony a couple of months ago [the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards] where we won a similar award. It’s fantastic to happen a second time.”
Andreia Trigo, the founder of inFertile Life, also scooped two gongs - e-business oft he year and best innovation in business.
She explained how she set up the company after being diagnosed with infertility herself as a teenager, adding: “I feel delighted to win this award.”
Guests were treated to a three course meal, a performance from tribute act Back to the 80s and a speech from entrepreneur Levi Roots.
He rose to fame after appearing on Dragons’ Den and has recently opened his own restaurant - or ‘rastaraunt’, as he calls it - in Westfield Stratford City.
Also in attendence were the mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, several councillors and the borough’s two MPs, Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown.
Training and development, sponsored by Newham College of Further Education: iXact Limited
Customer service - large/medium business, sponsored by Ankh Services: McDonald’s
Business perosn of the year, sponsored by Canary Wharf Group: Zulfikar Somji, McDonald’s
Civic and community engagement, sponsored by the University of East London: Sport Academies
Corporate social responsibility, sponsored by London City Airport: Barking Enterprise Centre
Best innovation in business, sponsored by Tate and Lyle Sugars: inFertile Life
E-business of the year, sponsored by Gallions Reach Shopping Park: inFertile Life
Sole trader/micro business of the year, sponsored by Alan Patient and Co: The Well-Bean Co
Customer service - small/micro business, sponsored by Stratford Original: Enabled Living Healthcare
Green business of the year, sponsored by McDonald’s: A13 Steel
Young entrepreneur of the year, sponsored by Newham Council: Charlie Claydon, The Well-Bean Co
Business growth, sponsored by East End Community Foundation: A13 Steel
Business of the year, sponsored by Aspers Casino: The Well-Bean Co