West London Business Awards 2018 winners announced

Everglade Windows has claimed the West London Company of the Year title at the 2018 West London Business Awards.

On Thursday 1 February 2018, over 400 guests from across West London came to Wembley Stadium to celebrate business excellence at The West London Business Awards 2018. Multi Paralympic gold medal winner Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson hosted the awards ceremony. Finalists represented all sectors including retail, construction, hospitality and finance. Traditional crafts such as baking and signwriting were also represented as well bleeding edge West London tech firms whose products and services could hardly have been imagined 20 years ago.

The big winners of the night were Everglade Windows, who scooped three awards including the prestigious title of West London Company of the Year 2018. The company turned the potential catastrophe of the last recession, when many window companies closed the shutters, into an opportunity – expanding market share, developing new products, investing in training, building a second factory.

The fifth year of the awards covered three themes: ‘Sector leadership’, ‘Sustainable & responsible business and ‘Economic growth’. Two new award categories were introduced this year: Health and Wellbeing Business of the Year & Start-up of the Year. The new categories, in addition to the existing awards, produced a highly competitive field of nominees, with twenty-three awards up for grabs in total – and the largest shortlist ever.
Other notable winners from the evening included Wembley’s O’Donovan Waste Disposal of Park Royal and the Ealing food company Millennium Foods who each claimed three awards at the ceremony.

Awards host Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: “Very well done to Everglade Windows, and to all our winners tonight. Indeed to everyone who made it to the shortlist. There’s some fabulous business talent here in West London and it’s been a privilege to host this award ceremony recognising you all.”

Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive of West London Business and a member of the judging panel said of the winners: “We were hugely impressed with the standard of entries we saw in this fifth year of the awards. Our finalists give us evidence for hope in the future we are building; evidence that entrepreneurs will step outside comfort zones, seek out unsuspected secrets as to how the world works and respond by bringing alive new products and services.”

Jay Patel, Sales & Marketing Director of Everglade Windows, named West London Business of the Year, said: “Everglade Windows are very proud to have won three prestigious awards at the West London Business Awards 2018! Being a finalist among such a huge and diverse business community is an honour in itself, so taking home a hat-trick of trophies including the overall Company of the Year was a great start to 2018 and an enormous privilege. We are a family-owned, family-run business that has worked hard since 1980 to build a strong, reputable and customer-focused company, and this recognition is testament to all the hard work that has been done by our passionate team over recent years. Our commitment to growing in our community and serving our customers with the best quality, highly-engineered windows and doors remains strong, and we have many exciting projects, products and investments planned for 2018 and beyond.”

Full list of 2017 winners:
SECTOR LEADERS
1. Business Services Company of the Year – Beond Group.
Highly Commended: Central Working

2. Logistics Business of the Year – O’Donovan Waste Disposal

3. Retail Business of the Year – Button Sprung

4. Technology Business of the Year – Hyperoptic
Highly Commended: UENI

5. Hospitality Business of the Year – The Weir Bar and Dining Bar

6. Food and Drink Business of the Year – Millennium Foods
Highly Commended: The Polish Bakery

7. Property and Construction Business of the Year – Kier Construction

8. Creative Business of the Year – Kimpton Creative

9. Finance Business of the Year – Smart Currency Business

10. Manufacturing and Engineering Business of the Year – Everglade Windows
Highly Commended: Russell Finex

11. Health and Wellbeing Business of the Year – vdoc

12. Aviation Business of the Year – En Route International

SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
1. Responsible Workplace Award – Millennium Foods
Highly Commended: The JGA Group

2. Apprentice of the Year – Subhamta Limbu – Employer: Vendula | Training provider: The JGA Group

Highly Commended:
• Beata Malek – Employer: The JGA Group | Training provider: The JGA Group
• Emily Lloyd – Employer: McMillan Early Childhood Centre | Training provider: West Met Skills (HCUC)
• Laura Petkeviciute – Employer: The JGA Group | Training provider: The JGA Group
• Matthew Williams – Employer: The JGA Group | Training provider: The JGA Group
• Megan Walsh – Employer: West London College | Training provider: West London College
• Reshaun Willis – Employer: St George’s Catholic Primary School Sudbury Hill | Training provider: West Met Skills (HCUC)
• Shanon o’Donnell – Employer: Parkside Recruitment | Training provider: West Met Skills (HCUC)
• Simon Norwood – Employer: Firefly Learning Ltd. | Training provider: West Met Skills (HCUC)

3. Community Investment Award – Appt Corporation t/a McDonalds
Highly Commended: Westfield
Highly Commended: University of West London

4. Green Business of the Year – Polymateria Ltd.
Highly Commended: Beond Group

5. Responsible Supply Chain Award – Lofbergs

6. Responsible Workforce Award – Millennium Foods
Highly Commended: The JGA Group

ECONOMIC GROWTH
1. Coworking Space of the Year – Central Research Laboratory

2. Export / International Business of the Year – ChargeBox
Highly Commended: Russel Finex

3. SME of the Year – Everglade Windows

4. Start-up of the Year – KSBC – (TPC)
Highly Commended: CityStasher

5. Park Royal Business of the Year – O’Donovan Waste Disposal
Highly Commended: The Polish Bakery

Overall Winner:
West London Company of the Year 2017 – Everglade Windows

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