West London Business Awards 2017 winners announced – The Polish Bakery claims West London Company of the Year title
On February 2, over 350 guests from across West London descended upon Wembley Stadium to celebrate the region’s success at The West London Business Awards 2017. Former Blue Peter presenter and West Londoner Konnie Huq 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 as the very best of West London’s tech firms whose products and services could hardly have been imagined 20 years ago.
The big winners of the night were The Polish Bakery, who scooped three awards including the prestigious title of West London Company of the Year. Founded in 2003, the Polish Bakery began by supplying London through independent stores, before going nationwide, and now supply Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys. The awards judging panel highlighted how the Polish Bakery were an outstanding representation of how local roots can breed national success.
The fourth year of the awards covered three themes: ‘Sector leadership’, ‘Sustainable & responsible business and ‘Economic growth’. Five new award categories were introduced this year, including: Franchise of the Year; Aviation Business of the Year; the Community Investment Award; Responsible Supply Chain Award; and Coworking Space 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 ever shortlist for the annual awards ceremony.
Other notable winners from the evening included Uxbridge’s BRITA Vivreau; Alexanders Removals and Storage Ltd. of Park Royal and Chiswick tech company Chargebox who each claimed two awards at the ceremony.
As well as DJ Rusty Egan and upcoming West London talent DJ Krish, student musicians from the London College of Music at the University of West London entertained guests throughout the evening. The awards also helped raise funds for the official charity of the 2017 awards, The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, through a silent auction.
Awards host Konnie Huq, said:
“Very well done to The Polish Bakery, and to all our winners tonight. Indeed to everyone who made it to the shortlists. There’s some fabulous business talent here in West London and it’s been a privilege to host this award ceremony recognising you all.”
Agnes Gabriel-Damaz, Managing Director of The Polish Bakery, said:
“We are really delighted we have been recognised by the business community in West London in this way. We have been based in Park Royal from the beginning and have built a flourishing business here using only natural sourdough in our breads and no preservatives, something which when we began was ground-breaking and still sets us apart. We know there are still more great opportunities for us to grow our business and reach people who have not discovered our delicious range of bread and cakes, or our exciting new gluten free ranges. Winning West London Business Awards endorses our commitment to deliver great quality products and superb customer service.”
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 fourth year of the awards. Every year the selection process gets that much harder and that’s clearly due to the growing competitiveness and higher standards we’re seeing from the West London business community with every passing year. All of tonight’s shortlisted companies are prospering, creating jobs and contributing to our local economy and are setting the benchmark for the next generation of talent in our area.”
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