Kingston Business Excellence Awards – 2015 Winners

Friday, October 16th, 2015



A glittering evening was had by all at the Awards ceremony and dinner held on 15th October 2015 at the Holiday Inn Kingston South.

The evening was hosted by Julia Hartley-Brewer, the well-known journalist & broadcaster.  The evening was completely sold out and attended by over 200 representatives from the local business community.


The WINNERS are……


BEST SME BUSINESS (sponsored by Cattaneo Commercial)

Winner: GSUK

Highly commended: Metropolis Hairdressing

Commended: Fallows & Company,

Other finalists: Duel Services, Meetingpoint Global Ltd, Speclean, Style Bureau, The London Prosthetic Centre

Bob Cattaneo, managing direction of category sponsors Cattaneo Commercial, said: The winning company’s desire to change the image of their industry is refreshing and has made them stand out from everyone else, making them extremely worthy winners.


BEST START-UP BUSINESS (sponsored by TWM Solicitors)

Winner: The Wych Elm Kingston Ltd

Highly commended: Fortunella Limited

Commended: Prestige Business Solutions

Other finalists: New Devi Tandoori, Young Lilies.

David Powell, solicitor at category sponsors TWM Solicitors, said: A passion and knowledge for their work and industry shone through in their application. It is clear that their enthusiasm, hard work and creativity has resulted in a successful start-up business which is going from strength to strength, receiving both industry recognition and the admiration and loyalty of their customers.



Winner: Genuine Solutions

Highly commended: New England Seafood

Commended: The Good Life Surbiton

Other finalists: Cornucopia Events, Glenmore House, Kingston Pound Community Association

Mick Beach, contract manager for street cleaning at category sponsors Veolia, said: This company clearly demonstrated how they go above and beyond in their commitment to the community of Kingston. With a strong belief in recruiting locally, developing workforce skills through a wide array of apprenticeship schemes and their outstanding and continual dedication to charity work, this award is thoroughly deserved.



Winner: Genuine Solutions

Highly commended: Duel Services

Commended: Horrocks and Boyd

Other finalists: Fallows & Company, Headquarters Hair Salon, Househandlers, Meetingpoint Global Ltd, Metropolis Hairdressing

Andrew Collins, operations manager of category sponsors John Lewis, said:This year’s winner has consistently put customer service at the heart of their business winning new customers as a result. They are achieving astonishing success – and the secret seems to be their dedication to meeting and exceeding customer expectations. A very worthy winner.


BEST BUSINESS FOR FOOD & HOSPITALITY (sponsored by Direct Colour Ltd)

Winner: Comptoir Libanais

Highly commended: Warren House

Commended: New Devi Tandoori

Other finalists: Glenmore House, Ravens Ait, Sun Hotel Ltd

Mark Attwater, director of category sponsors Direct Colour, said: This worthy winner gave a great presentation to the judges supported by a wonderful marketing plan. With a uniquely designed restaurant, in a great location with quality fresh food & faultless service this business truly deserves all the praise it receives.


INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Kingstonfirst)

Winner: Banquet Records

Highly commended: Horrocks and Boyd

Commended: Ex Cellar

Other finalists: The Repair Station, Your Art 2 Canvas

Ros Morgan, chief executive of category sponsors Kingstonfirst, said: This business demonstrates all the core values you would expect from an independent business. It supports other businesses in the community and within its industry. It recognises and fully delivers on the critical role “Indies” play on the High Street, drawing customers from far and wide to Kingston. It knows its customers better than they know themselves and is proud to represent them.This business has great personality – an “indie” through and through.



Winner: Rose Theatre Kingston

Highly commended: Ravens Ait

Commended: Figment Agency

Other finalists: Cornucopia Events, Kingston Pound Community Association

Melanie Burgess, group sales manager of Time & Leisure, speaking on behalf of the judges, said: An independent study by Kingston University estimates that this company provides £7million value to the local business economy. They fuse innovation, culture and heritage to attract new visitors and help to shape the ongoing transformation of our town.


BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (sponsored by New Devi Tandoori Restaurant)

Winner: Giampiero Leonardi (Your Art 2 Canvas)

Highly commended: Luke Whitlelock (IQ In IT)

Commended: Fiona Quinn (From the Ground Up)

Agilan Chandran, chef director of category sponsors New Devi Tandoori, said: The winner demonstrated an outstanding passion for customer service and staff support as well as a sound understanding of business principles. A clear grasp of the company’s main business drivers positions them well to succeed in their future growth plans



Winner: Glenmore House

Highly commended: Rose Theatre Kingston

Commended: Sun Hotel Ltd

Other finalist: Cornucopia Events

James Berry, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, said on behalf of the judges:With forward bookings well into 2016 it is good to find an organisation not “ripping” you off when you get married. Staff not only want to work but also actively support corporate responsibility. It is nice to find such a personal touch.



Winner: IQ in IT

Highly commended: Open Energy Market

Commended: JPY Ltd

Other finalists: Benn Tech, John Rose Eyecare, JPY Ltd

Ros Morgan, chief executive of Kingstonfirst, said on behalf of the judges:The winner of this category is a small, but innovative and solution-driven business. They create great value and deliver real impact for existing and new businesses.



Winner: Balance

Highly commended: Love Kingston

Commended: Born Too Soon

Other finalists: Creative Youth, From the Ground Up, Learn English at Home

Alex Whitman, president of Kingston Chamber of Commerce, said: This is a highly motivated, well organised and creative bunch, with a lot of energy and desire. They have dealt with the challenge of spinning out from a local authority into a world of austerity and responded with creativity and growth. They harness technology, but remain totally human.



Winner: Genuine Solutions

Highly commended: Metropolis Hairdressing

Commended: Duel Services

Other finalists: John Lewis, Meetingpoint Global Ltd, Speclean

Mike Tweedale, vice principal of Kingston College, said on behalf of the judges: This company demonstrated a real focus on providing flexible and effective training to develop their employees, in particular their apprentices. The evidence of investment shown to support and mentor every individual employee was outstanding and made them worthy winners.


BEST CREATIVE AND MEDIA SECTOR BUSINESS (sponsored by Kingston University London)

Winner: Figment Agency

Highly commended: Fabryan London

Commended: JPY Ltd

Other finalists: Cornucopia Events, The Good Life Surbiton

Ron Tuninga, Pro Vice Chancellor of Enterprise of category sponsors Kingston University, said: The winner of this category is an entrepreneurial business with great creative and technical initiative. They have big plans for future expansion with excellent marketing and financial analysis.


BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by NatWest)

Winner: Genuine Solutions

Andy Carpenter, director of business banking for headline sponsors NatWest, said: The overall business of the year has demonstrated commitment, dedication and service not only to its staff and customers but also its community.