Pub wins Business of the Year at the Kingston Business Excellence Awards
By whitelc | Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:47
A dynamic pub team who turned The Canbury Arms from a dilapidated building into one of the most sought after pubs in the country, have won the coveted Business of the Year crown at the inaugural Kingston Business Excellence Awards, in association with NatWest.
Owner Michael Pearson and marketing manager Charlotte Salaman accepted the award with their team in front more than 200 assembled guests, having earlier claimed the best business for marketing and social media award as well as having Michael highly commended in the entrepreneur of the year category.
They were one of 11 companies to take home trophies in the individual categories on the night, held at Holiday Inn Kingston South on Thursday, October 24, 2013, and led by Kingston Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingstonfirst.
BBC World presenter Adam Parsons hosted the awards which saw special guest, the Rt. Hon. Ed Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, make a speech before the gala dinner in which he praised the togetherness of Kingston's businesses.
"Celebrating business success is really critical," he said.
"When the financial crisis started, I did a survey of businesses locally and even in those dark days, the message I got back was that times were tough, but that our business owners were up for it, they were really going to try and soldier through and keep on staff and that's a real tribute to them.
"People came together and said they were going to do something different and that was really very impressive.
"I am sure we are now in brighter times and that partnership, that togetherness that saw us through, is something we are celebrating at these awards as well as the fantastic success of individuals and their companies."
The category winners were:
KINGSTON'S BEST BUSINESS (sponsored by NatWest): The Canbury Arms
The Canbury Arms is an independent pub in north Kingston that has earned national acclaim for serving wonderful food, outstanding wines and superb real ales. Owner Michael Pearson said: "This is stunning. I am trembling from head to toe. We have come through what has been a tough few years in the pub industry. I don't know how we are still standing. My great team have worked so hard and put their heart and soul into it."
BEST SME BUSINESS (sponsored by NatWest): Meeting Point Global
Meeting Point Global provides specialist sales and marketing services to technology companies across the globe. Director Ian Brigden said: "I am extremely happy. I didn't expect to win but it is great to be given an accolade. I'm in a state of shock. It is nice to achieve something."
Highly commended: Fallows & Co. Other finalists: Barrett & Coe, LTC Innovates, TaxAssist Accountants, The Canbury Arms.
BEST BUSINESS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE (sponsored by TWM Solicitors): Metropolis Hairdressing
In a world of corporate look-a-like salons, Robert Masciave's Metropolis Hairdressing offers comfortable surroundings and supreme hairdressing services. Eve Dain, who heads up the salon's PR, said: "Robert Masciave is in Japan doing fabulous hair for his new collection and he is going to be delighted. This award is for the whole Metropolis team and for everybody involved in making the Metropolis experience accessible to Kingston and beyond."
Highly Commended: Hypoxi Therapy Centre. Commended: Warren House. Other finalists: Fallows & Co, Hands Music, Jellybugs, LTC Innovates, Riverside Vegetaria, Simoney Badges, The Canbury Arms.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Haines Watts): Hanan Kattan of EBS Digital
Hanan Kattan founded EBS Digital to help small businesses achieve outstanding growth using the latest marketing strategies. She said: "This is a great honour. We moved from Chelsea two years ago and we've been made to feel very welcome in Kingston. I am so happy. There were some really good people nominated so it feels really good to get this opportunity."
Highly Commended: Michael Pearson of The Canbury Arms. Commended: Trisha Kelly of the Healthy Cook Company. Other finalists: Paula Dixon of Jellybugs, Keith Hern of Keith Hern Photography, Bruce Burrowes of TaxAssist Accountants.
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY (sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services): Momentum
Momentum is an independent charity based in Kingston, which supports children with cancer and life-limiting conditions. Joanne Butler, one of their fundraising team, said: "Thank you so much everyone, we are absolutely delighted. We look after children with cancer in the local community and we can't thank the hospital enough for their support. We just want to say from all the children and the parents."
Highly Commended: Kingston Voluntary Action. Other finalists: Banquet Records, BHS, Kingston Area Cars, Pearson Hards LLP.
BEST NEW BUSINESS: Rock and Rose Photography
Rock and Rose Photography, located in Surbiton, creates a fun, relaxed environment to capture the tender moments of the families they photograph. It was started by Catherine Dwyer Harvey and Orli Kopit after they were both made redundant. Catherine said: "We've gone from losing our jobs to this, so thank you. When we set up, so many people said to us, are you mad? Are you crazy? We just thought it is now or never and we are still going two years in so we are absolutely delighted."
Highly Commended: Balance. Commended: Seriously Sofas. Other finalists: EBS Digital, Hypoxi Therapy Centre, Jellybugs.
BEST GREEN BUSINESS (sponsored by Copycare): Kingston Community Furniture
Kingston Community Furniture is a local charity offering quality used and recycled furniture to families throughout Surrey. Manager Adrian Collins said: "We are a very small project which demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the community and to the environment, which we hope to sustain forever. We have grown from the ground upwards and I am tremendously proud to be part of it."
Highly Commended: Kingston Environment Centre. Commended: From the Ground Up. Other finalist: Riverside Vegetaria.
BEST BUSINESS FOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (sponsored by Kingston College): BoConcept
BoConcept is a furniture store located at The Roundhouse in Eden, Kingston, with a strong set of values both in its design and in respect of its Danish legacy. Marketing coordinator Danielle Bodjo said: "We are very pleased to say thank you to the Kingston team for doing an amazing job in the store. We are very grateful we have got his award." Sales director Eric Alen added: "We love Kingston, the city is fantastic and we are really thrilled we have been recognised."
Highly commended: Kingston Voluntary Action. Other finalists: BHS, Kingston Area Cars.
KINGSTONFIRST BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER: Seriously Sofas
Seriously Sofas is an independent furniture specialist run by husband and wife team Andrew and Ruth Jones, which offers bespoke and customised British and European sofas, as well as reupholstering and recovering items. Ruth said: "The independents in Kingston are what make people come through that road system and put up with the parking and everything else that makes Kingston more challenging than it needs to be."
Highly commended: John Rose Eye Care. Commended: Sblended Milkshakes, Pure Serenity Clinic. Other finalists: Aroma Secrets, Beadtime, Bentalls, Charlie's Sweet Emporium, Montezuma's, Panacea Health & Beauty.
BEST BUSINESS FOR MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA (sponsored by DDM Creative Digital Marketing): The Canbury Arms
An independent pub in north Kingston that has earned national acclaim for serving wonderful food, outstanding wines and superb real ales. Marketing director Charlotte Salaman said: "We are astounded and over the moon. Between us we have put a lot of effort into way we are and capturing customers' interests." Owner Michael Pearson added: "This is amazing. It's been really important in the last few years to drive the message out and that is the key to our success."
Highly Commended: Kingstonfirst. Commended: Add Agency. Other finalists: Stone Hair.
BEST CREATIVE & MEDIA SECTOR BUSINESS (sponsored by Kingston University London): Barrett & Coe
Barrett & Coe (Kingston) creates award-winning photography for portraits and events. Owner Paul Milsom said: "We came to have a fun night out and this is special. We have worked hard in taking fantastic photographs for our customers."
Highly commended: Ball Design Consultancy. Finalists: I Do Bridalwear, JobLadder, Rock and Rose Photography, Simoney Badges.
BEST HOSPITALITY & LEISURE BUSINESS (presented by Time & Leisure Magazine): Warren House
Warren House is one of Britain's finest meeting venues. Dedicated to conferences and training, the magnificent Victorian private house also provides a perfect setting for meetings, events and weddings. General manager Carolyn Henderson said: "This means a huge amount to us. We love what we do so thank you," and operations manager Ben Frizell added: "We are very happy and very thankful for the award. It is everything we strive for."
Highly commended: Glenmore House. Finalists: Riverside Vegetaria, Surbiton Raceway.
For more information on the awards visit www.kingstonawards.co.uk