Shining the spotlight on the borough’s best businesses

Published: Thursday 22nd November 18

Some of the borough’s most innovative, successful and community-friendly businesses have been honoured in this year’s Wandsworth Businesses Awards.

All the winners

The award ceremony was held at the Roehampton Club in front of an audience of nearly 200 people. The annual awards are organised by the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce and the main sponsors this year were McDonalds, Wandsworth Council, A2i Dyslexia, the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce and the University of Roehampton.

The council was part of the judging panel and sponsored the Best New Business Category. It also gave the shortlisted nominees in that category a chance to attend the awards ceremony for free.

The Best New Business Award was won by Wash Doctors, an app-based mobile car washing company. Users book a wash online, a cleaner turns up by bike and washes cars with a special mist-wash which uses just a litre of water – compared to the 200 litres used in an average car wash.

Co-founder Christian Steele said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be awarded the Best New Business Award 2018, and great to meet the amazing variety of entrepreneurs in the room making local waves. Since launching in June 2017, we’ve found local businesses and publications have been vital in fostering growth in Wandsworth, now home to some of our most loyal customers”.

The Best New Business Award winners with Cllr O'Broin (right)

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Rory O’Broin said: "What an amazing evening celebrating with some of the most vibrant and successful businesses in Wandsworth! The council is a proud member of the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce and I'd like to thank them, once again, for organising these awards.

“Running a business today can be challenging, which is why the council is constantly exploring ways to help. My congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of tonight's awards. As their success shows, Wandsworth is a great place to start and grow a business."

Steve Pinto, Chief Executive of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, said: “The passion, enthusiasm and dedication of not only our businesses but also our sponsors make the Wandsworth Business Awards truly special. We offer our congratulations to all the winners and finalists and we are ready to help them make the most of this recognition when looking to secure new customers and new business.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Innovator of the Year

Delta Solutions Group

Best Business for Customer Service

reCentre Health Limited

Independent Retailer of the Year

Minar Jewellers

Entrepreneur of the Year

UnderTheDoormat and London Barberhood

Business of the Year

Beaver Pest Control

Best New Business

Wash Doctors

Best International Business

Inside Marketing

Best Eatery

Chit Chaat Chai

Best Charity or Social Enterprise

Wandsworth Mediation Service

Best Business for Marketing and Social Media

Cremoloso Gelato Ltd

Employer of the Year

Edward James London


Wandsworth has been recognised as London's Best All-Round Small Business-friendly Borough by the Federation of Small Businesses. The council's Economic Development Office provides a range of support for local businesses, including a month-long programme of mainly free business support events in March.

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What about the closure of trading businesses in Wimbledon Park Road, Beaumont Road and other parts of the borough due to unfair planning legislation. WBC people have lost their livelihoods and jobs. The Government and council have lost Income tax, Corporation tax, VAT, PAYE and council tax. What have you done about this and have you pursued it with Central Government?
S Patel

23 November 2018