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Thames Gateway Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 13:53 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 August 2010

WINNER: (above) Apprentice of the Year Jenna Weston, British Gas who attended British Gas’ Dartford Academy is presented with her award by Jon Thorn, National Apprenticeship Service, Project Director

WINNER: (above) Apprentice of the Year Jenna Weston, British Gas who attended British Gas' Dartford Academy is presented with her award by Jon Thorn, National Apprenticeship Service, Project Director

Archant London and principal sponsor, NatWest celebrated its 11th annual Thames Gateway Business Awards (TGBA) on Friday November 21 in support of local business communities.

Archant London and principal sponsor, NatWest celebrated its 11th annual Thames Gateway Business Awards (TGBA) on Friday November 21 in support of local business communities.

The event is proving to be the highlight of business calendars throughout East London, Essex and Kent.

Principal sponsor NatWest marked its second year of supporting the awards, were delighted to be a part of recognising and celebrating the success of thriving businesses in the region.

"The 11th Archant London Thames Gateway Business Awards was a huge success. The calibre of entries from businesses and individuals in our local area was extremely high and the evening was recognition of the drive and determination within the community to ensure that the area thrives over the coming years," said Enzo Testa, Executive Managing Director at Archant London.

This year saw the introduction of two new categories, bringing the total to 16 categories.

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Apprenticeships, to acknowledged and celebrated apprentices' exceptional contributions to their workplaces; and IT Person of the Year sponsored by Utilize plc, recognised the impact of an individual on an organisation's IT systems.

The event was hosted by popular celebrity chef and Saturday Kitchen presenter, James Martin; in someway an apprentice himself under Antony Worrall Thompson's 190 Queensgate restaurant at the age 22.

Nearly 600 guests attended the occasion, held at the ExCeL Platinum Suite; lending their support with the Grand Charity Prize Draw to raise funds for London's disadvantaged children through the charity, Help A London Child. Like an Oscar nomination, there were no losers as all finalists achieved substantial publicity and recognition within Archant London Newspaper titles, London 24 website and Business to Business Life publication, at the high profile gala presentation ceremony.

Category winners were awarded trophies and received the accolade of using the TGBA and principal sponsor's logos on all business documentation and promotional materials, a priceless return by any estimation.

In an increasingly volatile economic climate the awards went some way to proving individuals and businesses can still succeed despite challenges.

ROLL OF HONOUR

Outstanding Young Person: Highly Commended - Justine Slemp, 2B Interface Ltd, Stockwell Street, SE10;

Growth Business: Commended - Carter Allen, The IO Centre, Royal Arsenal SE18;

Diversity in Business: Finalist - Quay Assessment Training Ltd, Sidcup Hill; Finalist - Viewfinder Photography Gallery, Peyton Place SE10;

Sustainable Business of the Year: Commended - Europa Quality Print, The IO Centre, Royal Arsenal, SE18; Finalist - Viewfinder Photography Gallery, Peyton Place, SE10;

Business Person of the Year: Highly Commended - Daniel Allen, Carter Allen, The IO Centre, Royal Arsenal, SE18; Community Involvement: Finalist - Listening Ears, Eglinton Road, SE18.

For further information please contact Archant London Marketing department on 020 8477 3954 or email marketing.enquires@archant.co.uk.

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