Editorial comment: Celebrating businesses of all sizes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 November 2017

The Archant Business Awards 2017. The winners celebrate

The Archant Business Awards 2017. The winners celebrate


On Friday I was privileged to attend our second annual Thames Gateway Business Awards. Despite uncertainty over Brexit and turbulence in Europe it was evident there is a hell of a lot worth celebrating in east London and north Kent.

The award entries spanned east London, then along the Thames Gateway corridor towards Erith, Dartford and Gravesend in north Kent. Quality of entrants on the night was extremely high.

Awards were presented to small, medium and large businesses and we celebrated entrepreneurial success - often in the face of adversity.

Businesses and individuals from Barking and Dagenham were well represented as both finalists on the night and eventual winners.

Karen West-Whylie’s huge efforts at Barking Enterprise Centre were rightly acknowledged by scooping the hotly contested Business Person of the Year award.

More than £1,300 was raised through donations for our chosen charity Headway East London, supporting people who have suffered brain injuries by providing services such as therapy, advocacy and family support.

And while everyone was a winner on the night a huge congratulations goes to Radfield Home Care Havering and Brentwood who secured a £12,000 advertising package with Archant, publishers of the Post, after being named Judges’ Choice award winner. Finally, I would like to thank all the sponsors and our judging panel, particularly Mary Clements who has been a constant support and advocate of our awards.

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