Barking and Dagenham chamber of commerce launches third annual business awards

PUBLISHED: 14:19 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 10 March 2017

Attendees celebrate the launch of the Barking and Dagenham chamber of commerce business awards 2017.

Attendees celebrate the launch of the Barking and Dagenham chamber of commerce business awards 2017.


Entrepreneurs swapped conversation and cards at an “exciting” business awards launch last night.

Mo Obadina speaks about her win in last year's awards.Mo Obadina speaks about her win in last year's awards.

Nearly 50 businesspeople packed out the visitor centre at business park londoneast-uk to mark the start of the borough’s chamber of commerce gong season.

Now in its third year, the chamber’s hallmark event will culminate in a black tie dinner and presentation at the Roundhouse Dagenham – the first time they will be held there after the ceremony at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club sold out last year.

Introducing former award-winners at the launch in Yew Tree Avenue, Rainham Road South, chamber president Simon Green said he was “delighted” to open the awards.

“Over the three years we have grown and grown,” he told the Post.


- Barking & Dagenham chamber of commerce business of the year 2017, sponsored by Vicarage Field Shopping Centre

- Barking & Dagenham chamber of commerce businessperson of the year 2017

- Business located outside Barking and Dagenham which is trading in Barking and Dagenham

- Young Entrepreneur / Business person

- Community involvement (including social enterprise), sponsored by Shearforce Security

- Business & social responsibility (including green business & family friendly Working), sponsored by Canary Wharf Group PLC / East London Business Place

- Innovation & use of digital media, sponsored by Prontaprint Barking

- Customer service, sponsored by Fix Auto Dagenham

- Training, development & supporting education

- Business growth, sponsored by Time 107.5FM

- Best new business, sponsored by the Nova Agency

- Sole trader / micro business (five or fewer employees)

“This is something that is important within the business community, the level of interest in these awards has always been fantastic.”

Former winner Mo Obadina, author of Unleash Your Business Mojo!, urged entrepreneurs to apply for the 12 categories, which includes one targeted at businesses outside of, but trading in the borough.

“I entered three times before I won,” said Mo, who scooped winner of the micro business/sole trader category 2016.

“When you enter you have to look at your end aim, what you hope to achieve. When you do win the award you should shout it from the roof tops.”

Business person of the year 2016, Daniel Westhorp, whose company Welding Engineering Services (WES) in Barking also won business of the year at the same awards, said he was “thrilled” with his achievement.

“I think we were all in a bit of a shock afterwards, we kept saying: ‘We just can’t believe it’”, he said. “I think it’s vital for customers to see that they’re buying from a company that has been awarded for working hard and wanting to be successful.”

Organiser Mary Clements anticipates about 250 guests attending the awards dinner on July 13.

“The launch was a really good event, it had a great feel to it, a really positive atmosphere,” she said.

“I think it’s quite exciting that we’ve now launched.”

For more photos, pick up a copy of the Post next Wednesday.

Entries close on May 12. To get a full list of categories and to enter for free, go to or contact the chamber by email on or by telephone: 020 8591 6966.

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