Recognized at the Outstanding Nationwide SME Awards in the UK.
Speaking after the inaugural British Champion Awards, a lifelong dream of Richard Alvin, Group Managing Director of Capital Business Media, he was thrilled with the results: ‘We have always supported and profiled with our Business Matters brand. The incredible work that SMEs do in our country, so organizing an annual award to celebrate and reward these hardworking business owners seemed like a normal step forward.
“Our journey to bring the Business Champion Awards to life has been a challenge over the past year, but seeing everyone here and feeling proud in the room for all of their accomplishments has made it a whole success.”
And what a celebration of national business it was …
Guests walked the red carpet and were greeted at East Wintergarden in the heart of Canary Wharf, a place chosen to reflect the award’s green values as a carbon neutral and sustainable location. With a jazz trio to complement the drink reception, each guest wore their evening dress without exception and was ready to enjoy a full evening of entertainment, fine dining and prizes … of course, with a few surprises.
Electric drummers signaled the start of the event, then Cherry Martin, associate editor of Business Matters, gave an introductory speech on the importance of the original story for business.
Richard Alvin was on stage for his personal welcome speech, where he was named Michelle Owens CBE Business Person of the Year. There was none other than Siri’s real voice at the event, John Briggs, which garnered widespread acclaim.
Dinner was then served alongside a silent auction that raised £ 10,000 in funding for the event’s main charitable partner: Mind.
Guests were then treated to a dazzling comedy by regular stars of the TV show, Mock the Week, Tiff Stevenson and Macy Adam. Both comedians performed a separate set, to perform an ‘Things You Would Not Normally Have an Awards Ceremony’ before returning to the stage.
The country’s favorite news broadcaster, Hou Edwards from the BBC, then took to the stage to lead the event. Delivering a humorous speech, Huu then completely captures the hearts of the audience with a sincere respect for Mind Charitable and his own struggle points during the epidemic.
Then it was the turn of the prize. Each award was introduced by Huw and presented by one of the award’s 40 strongest judging panel. Phil Jones MBE, MD of Brother UK with many UK business leaders; Alex Robson, founder of Soho Jean and Charlie Mullins OBE, who just left Pimliko Plumbers on a 150 million deal.
The trophies were produced in the UK using completely durable wood sources and methods. To further exemplify and inspire the values of the Business Champion Award, ten trees will be planted in each of the winners in their area.
Winners will be announced by category:
New business of the year
Bronze – JOMO Club
Silver – Combined marketing and events
Winner – Seeblue Marketing
Champion in a crisis
Bronze – Sahan Cares
Silver – Pantre Tech
Winner – Network Central
Business innovation of the year
Bronze – B-Secure
Silver – Beatriz
Winner – ScenePro Digital Forensics
Growth business of the year
Bronze – Global Procurement Group
Silver – G&L Scientific
Winner – Kill the kittens
The best SME business of the year
Bronze – LitPR
Silver – JHP Recruitment
Winners – Whiskey and Wealth Club
Best exporter business of the year
Silver – Double Dutch drink
Winner (large company) – RS material
Winner (SME) – Funny promise
Sustainable business rewards
Bronze – SRL Publishing
Silver – shot
Winner – DPD UK
Winner (not for profit) – Planet Tracker
Diversity and Inclusion Rewards
Winner – Channel 4
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Winners – Raisa and Joyce de Haas – Double Dutch Drinks
Best Entrepreneur of the Year
Bronze – Linda Norton – Ranmore Rise Retreat and Surrey location
Silver – Mark Stringer – SKOOT
Winner – Daniel Priestley – Dent Global
Outstanding Achievement Award
Winner – Michelle Owen CBE
Summarizing his thoughts on the night, Richard Alvin said: ‘Congratulations to all the winners, the silver and bronze trophy holders. They were outstanding in their presentation and business mentality, values, statistics and approach.
‘Everyone should be incredibly proud of being a finalist and appearing on the night. Of the 5.6 million SMEs that make up 99% of the country’s business, reaching the finals is not an achievement at all and an incredibly proud achievement.
‘Huw has already confirmed his involvement for next year’s award when they return to East Wintergarden on March 22, 2023. ‘