Nominations open for Council’s prestigious Business Awards 2017

Small Business of the Year
Winners of Small Business of the Year 2016
Published: Monday, 18th September 2017

Do you run a business in Havering? This is your chance to let people know about your amazing products, staff, and to highlight your success by entering the Havering Business Awards 2017/18 (HBA2017/18).

Nominations open today (Monday 18 September) for Havering’s Business Awards, organised by Havering Council. New this year is the Large Business of the Year award and the entry process is easier than ever. Businesses can enter all seven categories at www.haveringbusinessawards.co.uk.

The awards will take place at the borough’s prestigious event venue - CEME Conference Centre in Rainham, also one of Havering’s biggest business hubs, on Thursday 8 February 2018. 

This year’s categories are:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Best Customer Service
  • New Business of the Year
  • Growing Business of the Year, sponsored by Haines Watts
  • Small to Medium Business of the Year, sponsored by Romford Recorder
  • Large Business of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Havering Business of the Year

On the evening of the awards, category winners will receive the Havering Business of the Year award. All award winners will receive a glass plaque celebrating their success and a PR package including – media coverage, social media, e-newsletter promotion to over 140,000 subscribers, and featured content on Havering Council’s website.  

Entries close on Monday 13 November. To keep up-to-date on the HBA2017/18 follow @havbusawards on Twitter or search #HBA17 across all social media platforms.

Confirmed sponsors so far include the Romford Recorder, Haines Watts, Time 107.5 FM, CEME Conference Centre and Respondit – the website providers. Companies who wish to sponsor award plaques, award categories or entertainment for the evening can get involved at www.haveringbusinessawards.co.uk. Sponsors will receive advertising on outdoor JCDecaux boards and on marketing materials as well as local media coverage.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council, said: “The Business Awards is a great opportunity for local businesses to showcase their success to the community and their competitors.

“Havering has a number of successful businesses which explains why we are nationally recognised as the Start-up Capital of Britain.

“I encourage all local companies to enter the awards, the online process is simple and can be done in minutes. I wish you all the best.”

Meet last year’s Small Business of the Year award winner – Purple Valentine Aesthetics

What is Purple Valentine Aesthetics all about?
Purple Valentine Aesthetics is an advanced beauty clinic offering laser and skin treatments, situated above a nail salon in the liberty shopping centre with two treatment rooms. The team consists of three staff and three contractors.

What challenges has Purple Valentine  faced as a small business?
The challenges we have faced is exposure, many people don't know we are here.

What has happened since winning the Small Business of the Year award?
Since winning small business of the year we have received the exposure we needed in the local area which has increased staff morale and we have now had a very high influx of customers.  

We are now in the process of expanding into our own premises, moving into the quadrant arcade where we will be able to truly showcase our services in the right environment. We will soon have four rooms and we are also rebranding our image to reflect our growth. The new clinic will be called: Purple Valentine Laser & Skin Clinic.

Will you be entering the awards this year?
We will be entering the Havering Business Awards this year but for a different category. I would highly recommend entering the Business Awards no matter how small your business might be.