Celebrating Kingston's business heroes
By whitelc | Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 16:00
The search is on for Kingston's business heroes following the announcement of new awards to celebrate the borough's success stories.
The borough's leading business support partners are collaborating for the first time to present the Kingston Business Excellence Awards, which will recognise the enterprise which is the lifeblood of the area.
The awards are being led by Kingston Chamber of Commerce, which has been the leading business membership organisation in the borough for more than a century, in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingstonfirst, the Town Centre's place management organisation.
Jerry Irving, chief executive of Kingston Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are delighted to be launching the Kingston Business Excellence Awards which, we hope, will unite business community and be a celebration of the best the borough has to offer.
"While the national headlines focus on recession and the difficult economic climate, the local outlook is much more positive and Kingston has a rich history of entrepreneurial spirit and as a great location for businesses to thrive.
"Indeed, part of the chamber's role is to inspire and encourage people to develop their business ideas and create new business start-ups. We are looking forward to celebrating the many success stories in the borough and hopefully inspiring other would-be entrepreneurs to fulfil their potential."
The Kingston Business Excellence Awards will be open to all businesses, whether large or small, start-ups or established, with entries invited from across the borough.
Councillor Simon James, Lead Member responsible for Business Development, said: "Supporting businesses to develop, grow and be successful in Kingston is one of the council's key objectives.
"Our support for the Kingston Business Excellence Awards underlines our commitment to providing a full range of support services for established businesses, start-up businesses and inward investors.
"We are committed to ensuring that these awards identify excellence in all parts of the business community and across the breadth of the borough, including those companies which provide an invaluable service to their own neighbourhood."
Kingstonfirst, the Business Improvement District which represents more than 500 Town Centre companies and is committed to making Kingston a safer, cleaner and more attractive place to visit, has also pledged its support for the awards.
Ros Morgan, chief executive of Kingstonfirst, said: "In the present uncertain economic times, Kingstonfirst is committed to ensuring the town remains a first choice for businesses, shoppers and visitors, providing vital stimulus to our local economy.
"These awards are a great way of recognising those businesses which contribute most to the vibrancy of the town. Kingston is virtually unique in the way that independent businesses thrive alongside their multi-national counterparts and these awards will act as a celebration of those qualities which help to make it such a special place."
The awards will be officially launched in March and culminate in a gala awards ceremony and presentation evening at a prestigious Kingston venue in October.
More details on Kingston Business Excellence Awards will appear at www.kingstonawards.co.uk