The borough’s best businesses were honoured at the H&F Brilliant Business Awards last Wednesday (7 November).
A record number of local firms enjoyed the gala night at Hammersmith Town Hall, which truly reflected the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in H&F. There were also a record number of public votes as thousands of people nominated their favourite businesses in the borough.
“Congratulations to all the award winners and businesses which were shortlisted this year,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.
“Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, local businesses continue to start, grow and prosper in the borough as we work alongside them to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.”
The awards form part of the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf) which aims to make the borough the best place to live, work and play in Europe.
On the evening, Fulham entrepreneurs Zarina Holmes and Salina Christmas of Glue Studio picked up the new Best Creative Start-Up accolade.
The twin sisters – with Salina just 10 minutes older than her sister and business partner Zarina – started their product graphic design studio just over two years ago.
“We couldn’t believe it when we heard our name being announced as the winners,” said Zarina. “The council and Upstream have been incredibly supportive. We didn’t realise how many tech and creative firms were based in the borough.
“We were initially thinking of setting up in east London but we chose H&F in the end and it is proving to be a great choice.”
Best Tech Start-Up was another of the exciting new categories added to this year’s awards, won by CyLon, in support of the borough’s booming new tech district. That is a product of Upstream, the council’s new partnership with Imperial College London; making H&F a leading destination for the biotech, digital and creative industries.
After the record number of public votes from residents, Playday Parties picked up the Best Business in Fulham award for the second year running while Lumi Power Yoga was also named the number one business in Hammersmith for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, the public voted the family-run Dels the Best Business in Shepherds Bush in 2018.
The hardware shop in Askew Road was founded by Lalji Patani 38 years ago. His son Sunil (aka Del Boy) now runs the business with his son Ash (aka Rodney).
Locals lovingly nicknamed the family after characters from the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses.
“These awards are fantastic,” added Sunil. “We’re one of the very few original shops to still be trading on Askew Road. It’s great to see that the public still treasure independent shops like us on their high street.”
Winners of the H&F Brilliant Business Awards 2018
Best Cultural/Arts Business
HF ArtsFest is an inclusive, annual open arts event for all, with over 100 arts partners and 200 events from performing arts to literature, visual arts to film.
Best Cultural/Arts Business Highly Commended
The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres situated in Lyric Square, King Street.
Best Creative Business
Space City is the UK’s most cost-effective TV advertising production company, providing a complete service from script-to-screen.
Best Creative Business Highly Commended
Whether it’s a beautiful wedding cake, christening cake or a fun birthday cake, Gina will create the ultimate handmade centrepiece for any special occasion.
Best Customer Service
The Fulham business, based in Parsons Green, is a timeless brand offering original and charming personalised jewellery.
Best Creative/Media Start-Up
Glue is a product graphic design studio and marketing consultancy, and publisher.
Best Independent High Street Business
Genesis Mind and Body, in Brook Green, is your first stop for health and fitness training.
Best Independent High Street Business Highly Commended
The King Street business is constantly growing to meet the demand for affordable quality products. As well as being able to provide over 35,000 products and wide variety of office goods.
Best New Business
A high energy, music focussed, bike-based fitness experience, with a studio in Hammersmith.
Best Place to Drink
The cool, cosy pew-lined venue provides a much-needed restorative haven from the mayhem of Shepherds Bush.
Best Place to Eat
The cafe is based in the Macbeth Centre, just off King Street in Hammersmith.
Best Small Business
CyLon, in Hammersmith Grove, finds, grows and invests in the world’s best emerging cyber businesses.
Best Social Enterprise
We Coproduce is a social consultancy delivering authentic coproduction and disruptive thinking for braver solutions in health and social care.
Best Social Enterprise Highly Commended
The restaurant in Hammersmith & Fulham College gives you the chance to sample food prepared by the next generation of star chefs and hospitality professionals.
Best Technology Start-Up
The Green Business Award
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year
Founder of Merci Maman and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Highly Commended
The brain behind the Italian-inspired Lavolio which makes natural artisan confectionery, handmade with only the finest ingredients.
Best Fulham Business
Whether its bouncy castles, soft play, party packages, face painting or anything else, they can help create the perfect party for your child.
Best Hammersmith Business
Right on King Street, this is a yoga studio and community to twist your body and mind to balance!
Best Shepherds Bush Business
Dels hardware and home improvement store for all your hardware needs, on Askew Road.