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Gongs for Hounslow’s best businesses

The great and the good of industry in Hounslow gathered to celebrate the winners at the Hounslow Business Awards 2015 on Friday 9 October.

The ceremony, which was held at the Hilton London Syon Park, saw winners named in 13 different categories ranging from Entrepreneur of the Year to International Business of the year.

The coveted awards, which were sponsored by Hounslow Council for the third year in a row, celebrate entrepreneurial endeavour and dynamism in Hounslow businesses as well as recognising their commitment to the communities they serve.

A panel of captains of industry and business leaders was tasked with the tough job of whittling down the entries to just three in each category, with the finalists being invited to the glitzy gala dinner event, where the winners were announced and runners-up being praised as highly commended or commended in each category.

Singled out for praise were Salman Iftekhar and Michael Gadsby, who won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in recognition of the giant strides made by their company Staffing Match. The young and vibrant business, specialises in recruiting temporary and permanent staff for a raft of businesses. Staffing Match is just a year old but is already a £6.5million business, supplying around 600 staff to various companies every day. Helping to judge the award was Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Hounslow Council, who presented the award on the night.

He was then joined by Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, to present the award for Best Business for Marketing and Social Media to industrial manufacturer Russell Finex.

Mr Gadsby, whose company also picked up the prize for Best New Business, said: “It has been a crazy year and it is really humbling to win these awards. Many of our clients serve Heathrow, particularly in catering. When we started there was no business there but now we have a base in Bristol and we are just starting up in Frankfurt as well, so it is a very exciting time. Everyone in the office is still on a high from Friday’s ceremony.

“I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to Councillor Theo Dennison and his team at the awards. They really made our day and a very special evening.”

Councillor Curran said: “The judges faced the daunting task of having to pick winners from an incredibly high standard of entries this year.

“Business is booming in Hounslow and we’re very rapidly gaining a reputation as a hub of excellence in many fields. We now have more people employed in media and broadcasting than anywhere else in London and the borough is second only to Tech City in east London for jobs in ICT. We also have the second highest number of people involved in logistics because of our proximity to Heathrow Airport.

“There were 13 very worthy winners and a further 26 companies that were either highly commended or commended, who can all be very proud of their achievements.”

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