Quotes from 2018 Wandsworth Business Awards category winners


Quotes from 2018 Wandsworth Business Awards category winners


Quotes from 2018 Wandsworth Business Awards category winners

Best business for customer service: reCentre Health Limited

Sally Roberts: “I am so thrilled that my team has won this award because it’s our joy and pleasure to look after our patients and our clients who come to us in pain and stress and we can make life better for them.”

Best eatery: Chit Chaat Chai

Tanya Rahman, Founder: “Truly, the Wandsworth Award means so much to us because we’re a local independent restaurant. It’s a really tough time for restaurants but starting a business in Wandsworth is unlike in any other borough because of the local support we have here. They’ve been helping us get our name out there and championing the fact we’re trying to do something a little bit different. It’s unbelievable that we’ve won this award; it’s the cherry on the cake for the entire year.”

Employer of the year: Edward James London

Edward James, Founder: “This award is wonderful because we’ve worked incredibly hard with our team on employment, recruitment and training. To be recognised, especially in Wandsworth where we are based and where we’re about to expand, it’s a real privilege.”

Best SME business & Business of the Year: Beaver Pest Control

Julia Pitman, Director: “People quite often ask me what’s our unique selling point. I tell them it’s our people. Each and every one of our 60 staff work so hard and it’s because of their hard work that we’ve won this award.”

“We are absolutely overwhelmed and ecstatic to be the Wandsworth Business of the Year. We’ve been trading here for 28 years and we love the borough.”

Best new business: Wash Doctors

Ellie Quacquarelli, Head of Growth: “We’re really proud to have won the new business award. It means a lot to us and Wandsworth Council has been really helpful to us; their support has been invaluable and very positive.”

Entrepreneur of the year (1): London Barberhood

Ben Theophanous: “Our business is not just about barbering; it’s about giving back to the community. We have a social enterprise that raises money for charity. We partner with local schools, we offer apprenticeships to local kids, we partner with local mental health charities, as well as providing our barbering service. This award means so much to us, thank you.”

Entrepreneur of the year (2): UnderTheDoormat

Merilee Karr: “This award means everything. To be recognised for having set up a company and growing it and to know there’s so much potential for where we can go in the future is wonderful. People are changing their behaviours, renting out their homes and they want people to help them do it in a professional way. We started in Wandsworth and are already across London and we hope to go global.”

Best charity or social enterprise: Wandsworth Mediation Service

Helena Roberts: “This award is so important for us. It’s the official stamp at the bottom of our paper that shows we’re legitimate and that we have a presence in the community which can be trusted. It’s all about building trust to get people to use mediation as a way of solving problems, which they may not have thought about before. It helps us to get recognition to show what the charity can achieve.”

Best Business for Marketing & Social Media: Cremoloso Gelato Ltd

Elisa: “This award means a lot to us because it’s our first shop in London and we are very proud of it. Thank you to Wandsworth Council!”

Innovator of the Year: Delta Solutions Group

Kersley Caroopen: “I want to say thank you to Wandsworth for organising this event because it helps us to boost our confidence in bringing our business and our solution to local businesses across the borough.”

Best International Business: Inside Marketing

James Simpson, Co-Founder: “This award is important to us because we are an international business headquartered in Wandsworth. We are made up of 17 different nationalities and have committed our business to Wandsworth, yet we plan to grow and become the number one marketing agency worldwide. Wandsworth will be a significant part of that growth.”

Best Independent Retailer: Minar Jewellers

Mr Pattni: “This award means so much to our business. We first won it in 2014 and that gave us such a great platform to build our business and gain so many new clients. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength. Winning this award again further strengthens our confidence that what we’re doing is right and the platform that the Chamber of Commerce is giving us is a fantastic way to develop our business.”

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