Shepperton Studios glamorous Orangery was full to bursting at the black tie dinner for the second Spelthorne Means Business Awards. 12 categories celebrated all sorts of businesses large and small across the borough. It is a great initiative to support business in the current challenging climate.

Being shortlisted is an achievement in itself. Guest speaker was the inspirational Julianne Ponan from Creative Nature who had triumphed over a life threatening condition, braved Dragons Den on TV, been rejected, made some mistakes along the way and then gone on to amazing things. She has more awards than you can shake a stick at but she humbly says they mean nothing compared to the achievement of building a brand, being positive in what she does and being surrounded by a fantastic team. Therein was a message for all the businesses in the orangery at the awards.

But awards were the order of the night and we were all eager to hear how we had fared. The results of the 12 winners as follows:

  • Exporter of the Year – Experium
  • Creative Business of the Year – Stars Performing Arts
  • Best New Start up – Nicola Ann Photography
  • Healthy Business Award – Harfield Dance
  • Best Business in Staines – McDonalds
  • Best Independent Business – Homeplay
  • Best Small Business – Hot Yoga Club
  • Best Business in Staines – Joint winners: The Thames Club/Vida Homeloans
  • Best Business in Ashford – Blackstone Printing
  • Best Business in Sunbury – Village Matters
  • Best Business in Shepperton – Quality Fruit
  • Best CSR Business – Quality Fruit

So within that list Shepperton celebrated royally with Stars Performing Arts and Quality Fruit & Flowers both taking awards. But you might also notice Village Matters (publisher of Shepperton Matters) was also awarded.
The achievement of high street favourites Quality Fruit & Flowers is quite something. In case you wondered, CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility, in other words doing their bit for the community and being socially accountable. Up against the powerhouses Tesco and McDonalds, this innovative business, constantly reinventing itself, constantly looking for new ideas to reduce waste and improve our planet won the trophy. What an accolade and an inspiration for us all.
But the evening had not yet concluded. Of the 12 winners announced, judges had selected 3 overall winners representing the Best in Spelthorne. And the winners were…..
3rd Stars Performing Arts
Winner Quality Fruit & Flowers
Shepperton really did triumph that evening.

What an amazing result for small businesses. Well done to Jess Edgar and the Hennessey sisters. You rock!
And I am needless to say overwhelmed and delighted. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and who won.
If you didn’t take part, get thinking about 2020 and make sure you do next year!