Over two hundred people joined Barnet-based employment and business support organisation Work Avenue at their offices, the Wohl Enterprise Hub in Finchley, in celebration of business success.
This annual event recognises and commends the business and entrepreneur community that Work Avenue supports. There were a very high number of nominations for each of the four awards, resulting in a short list of three in each category.
Flagship award Business of the Year was won by SnapRevise, which creates bite sized A-level and GCSE online revision and exam preparation resources and markets them to schools. The brainchild of engineering graduate Dan Brand, SnapRevise has been trading for just two years but has already established a loyal following among young students who enthusiastically use their materials.
“I feel so pleased that the business has been recognised in this way,” said Dan. “It is testimony to my whole team who have worked so hard with me to develop the business as far as it has. We are all so excited for the future.”
Start-Up of the Year was won by popcorn business, Popcorn Shed, started by cousins Sam Feller and Laura Jackson, who operated initially from Laura’s mum’s garden shed. They both had to take a huge leap of faith, resigning from city jobs to start the venture, which now has an annual turnover of £150,000. “This business has become our passion,” stated Laura, “and we hope to double our turnover this year.”
Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Katie Taylor, who runs The Latte Lounge, an increasingly well-known resource for women over forty. Said Katie: “I am so excited to have been given this award for the Latte Lounge. I am immensely proud of the community we have built and am so excited for all our future plans. I now have an amazing team to help me ensure that those plans will become a reality. So thank you Work Avenue for providing me with a business adviser, mentor and such supportive staff – all who gave me a much appreciated guiding hand!”
This year, Work Avenue also celebrated and recognised the time and effort invested in their businesses by our dedicated and expert Mentor of the Year. Won by Guy Ornadel, an experienced entrepreneur himself, he stated, “I feel honoured and surprised to have won the award, but this is really a win for all the mentors there. Work Avenue is a brilliant organisation and I’ve thoroughly enjoy working with the start-up mentees. Looking forward to helping them grow and develop even more.”
Debbie Sheldon, CEO of Work Avenue, commented: “The businesses we recognised tonight have become successful through dedication, perseverance and determination. What links them all is the drive to try and try again and never give up despite some bumps in the road. It is our greatest joy to be able to celebrate the success of our clients and their businesses, attesting to the hard work and effort they have invested over the past months and years.”