Pictures: Roster of winners announced at the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 09:51 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 July 2013

All nominees and winners at the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards 2013

All nominees and winners at the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards 2013


Award winners and runners up were cheered by a packed crowd at an illustrious local business awards ceremony last night.

Host and BBC radio DJ Paul RossHost and BBC radio DJ Paul Ross

The Barking and Dagenham Business Awards, sponsored by Sanofi and Business East, were held at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, for the sixth year with an unprecedented number of entries making up an “exciting and diverse” number of local businesses.

Big winners on the night included Rooff, who took the prize for Business of the Year 2013, Farhaan Dawood of Frii-World, who was named Business Person of the Year, and Design Plan Build (DPB) who scooped two awards.

“It feels absolutely amazing – I’m quite gobsmacked. I didn’t expect to win anything but to win two awards is a real compliment,” said Ishrat Sharif, chief executive of DPB.

Also taking home an award from the event – hosted by BBC radio presenter Paul Ross and now in its sixth year – were Exquisite Catering, The Osborne Partnership, Chic Dreams, Johnson Drainage Services and Brighter Steppings.

Singers perform before the award ceremonySingers perform before the award ceremony

Sole trader Steve Johnson, owner of Johnson Drainage Services, said: “Even someone on their own can still enter the awards and win rather than someone with more employees.”

Chairman of skills, jobs and enterprise board, Mark Kass, said: “This is a real opportunity for everybody to find out whose achieving great success in our borough.

“Barking and Dagenham is a hot-bed of entrepreneurialism and we have had an unprecedented number of entries and an exciting and diverse number of businesses.”

Paul Bishop, business relationship manager for the council, praised all entrants, including a strong showing by social enterprises.

He said: “Once again we have seen that Barking and Dagenham has a fantastic range of businesses and that Barking and Dagenham is a great place to do business.”

Donations made on the night to the Living The Dream charity, which helps fund aspiring young athletes to reach their dream of competing in the Olympic Games, helped raise more than £800.

Click on our web gallery below to see all our pictures from the awards.

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