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Hounslow businesses celebrate awards

Mon 19 October 2015, 3:15 pm

The Hounslow Business Awards took place this month to recognise the achievements of companies and entrepreneurs operating in the borough.

The awards took place at Hilton London Syon Park on 9 October, and winners were announced in 13 categories,  including Entrepreneur of the Year and International Business of the Year. 

Celebrating the success of different businesses and how well they serve the community, the awards were sponsored by Hounslow Council for the third year running, 

A panel of industry experts and business leaders decided on three finalists in each category prior to the event, and selected one overall winner for each category. Runners-up were praised as highly commended or commended. 

Salman Iftekhar and Michael Gadsby won both the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Best New Business in recognition of their recruitment company, Staffing Match. Established one year ago, the council said the business is already worth £6.5 million and supplies around 600 staff to various companies every day. 

Gadsby said: "It has been a crazy year and it is really humbling to win these awards. Many of our clients serve Heathrow, particularly in catering. When we started there was no business there, but now we have a base in Bristol and we are just starting up in Frankfurt as well, so it is a very exciting time. Everyone in the office is still on a high from the ceremony.”

Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, joined award presenter, Councillor Theo Dennison, to present the gong for Best Business for Marketing and Social Media, which went to industrial manufacturer Russell Finex. 

Curran said: “The judges faced the daunting task of having to pick winners from an incredibly high standard of entries this year.

“Business is booming in Hounslow and we’re very rapidly gaining a reputation as a hub of excellence in many fields. We now have more people employed in media and broadcasting than anywhere else in London and the borough is second only to Tech City in east London for jobs in ICT. We also have the second highest number of people involved in logistics because of our proximity to Heathrow Airport. 

“There were 13 very worthy winners and a further 26 companies that were either highly commended or commended, who can all be very proud of their achievements.”

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