As the premier event in the Kingston business calendar, this is an unrivalled opportunity for partners to align themselves with business leadership in the Borough and engage with key stakeholder objectives.
SponsoringBest Start Up of the Year Award
Fostering entrepreneurship, developing future skills and championing innovation are at the heart of Kingston University’s teaching and research activity.
Consistently rated among the most successful higher education institutions in the United Kingdom for graduate entrepreneurship, it plays a pivotal role in the professional development of business leaders through its highly respected MBA programme.
Its Business School is a trailblazer for nurturing innovative thinking. It provides extensive support to the wider business community through the government-backed Help to Grow: Management executive development programme and a range of other initiatives. Students and staff from across the University also regularly provide a vital boost to the regional economy by developing concepts for new products and services through the hackathon programme, supported by Santander Universities.
Kingston University is proud to be a headline sponsor for the Kingston Borough Business Awards and the Best Start Up of the Year category.
SponsoringDeveloping Young People’s Skills Award
Kingston College is delighted to be sponsoring the Developing Young People Skills Award at the Kingston Borough Business Awards. We firmly believe that investing in young people’s education and training will reap many benefits for employers. People are the most important asset in a business and we know that our young people have enormous talent, energy, a willingness to learn and innovate. These attributes offer quantifiable returns on investment and limitless opportunities to businesses. We hope that by sponsoring this award it will encourage inspirational businesses to stand up and recognise the contribution and value of young people’s skills development.
SponsoringRemoving Barriers Champions Award
At Kingston Council we’re committed to enabling the right conditions for individuals to access fair employment opportunities and encourage positive and ethical work practices.
The Removing Barriers Champions Award category will recognise organisations and individuals who are working to remove barriers to employment and work progression and adapting their practices to create a positive and inclusive employment environment. It complements our strengthening focus on supporting people into employment and skills development, and boosting workspace provision. We work closely with partners, businesses and local communities to showcase the Borough’s best practices and those making a positive impact and improve lives.
SponsoringBest in Digital Communications Award
ABLE – The Academy for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs is a unique Peer to Peer model founded in 2013. ABLE facilitates and coaches communities of CEOs and Business Owners in monthly meetings in a confidential environment where members support, challenge and hold each other to account to become the best they can be. A member has likened membership to having 10 NEDs around the boardroom table.
SponsoringExcellence in Hospitality Award
Canadian and Portland are the owners of Riverside Walk/Bishops Palace House in Kingston. We have owned the property for over 15 years. We are long-term investors in Kingston and supporters of the hospitality sector in the town with our 6 fabulous restaurants located along the Riverside beside Kingston bridge. We are currently investing in a multi-million pound scheme that will significantly improve the upper parts of our property by delivering first- class hospitality space that will be unrivalled across South West London. The scheme will potentially deliver 3 new restaurant units and refurbished office space in 2025.
We are so proud of the hospitality industry in Kingston especially after a prolonged period of uncertainty and we are excited to recognise and reward those businesses that continue to deliver exceptional service in the borough.
SponsoringBest Independent Local Retailer of the Year Award
Choose DoubleTree by Hilton London Kingston Upon Thames as the venue for your next event and enjoy style, space and personalised service.
Our newly constructed hotel is ideally located a stone’s throw from Kingston city centre, the River Thames and all of Kingston’s transportation hubs.
Our five versatile meetings and event spaces boast modern décor and complimentary WiFi. Hawkers Bar and Brasserie is one of the newest and best-established all-day dining restaurants in Kingston.
SponsoringBest in Sport and Fitness Award
Forbes Design Associates believe that, to be memorable, a design needs to tell a persuasive story, with some surprises. Whether this is for conference branding, logo identities or just business cards, we like pushing the boundaries to reach the best answer.
We have been fortunate that many of our clients have been with us for many years. Whether charities or trade institutions, in the private or public sector, it has been a series of interesting journeys working alongside them. Trying to make their life a little easier in the process is important.
Forbes Design specialise in branding, identity design, brochures and event marketing.
SponsoringExcellence in Customer Experience Award
Holland Hahn & Wills help clients design the rest of their lives. We use our Secure Lifestyle Approach® to look after you and your family’s wealth, now and into the future.
Experts in the psychology of retirement, we can play a unique role to help our clients understand the kind of retirement they want and how to get there. We provide our clients with the options they need to make informed decisions.
We give them peace of mind and secure their financial futures.
We have been helping people navigate the often complex world of personal finance, retirement and estate planning for over 30 years, and are more than happy to discuss concerns, or offer a second opinion.
SponsoringBest Health and Wellbeing Provider Award
IQ in IT is an award-winning Technology Success Provider, based in Kingston. We have striven to help our partners advance and achieve excellence via technology and we pride ourselves on high-class customer service that goes hand in hand with resilient cybersecurity. We work mainly in partnership with SMEs but our team have experience working on big projects for the likes of the Greater London Authority, University College London, Promethean and the Met Police among others.
We are actively working on reducing our carbon footprint and helping our clients do so through technology. We have pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 through Climate Hub and are right on track to achieve this well before the deadline. While other companies value profit over sustainability, we do it the other way around.
SponsoringOutstanding Business Social Impact Award
Kingston First represent and work with 750 business and organisations across the town centre. Our mission is to ensure Kingston is a thriving and attractive environment to do business in, as well as a vibrant and exciting destination for people to visit, shop, learn, live and work in. We deliver a range projects, services and initiatives which support our members and Kingston town centre, alongside ensuring a cross sector of views are heard about the town and its future.
SponsoringBest Freelancer / Sole Trader of the Year Award
LeBoo Media is an award-winning copywriting and communications consultancy based in New Malden. We are proud to deliver a broad range of written content, including web pages, blogs, emails, brochures, speeches and award submissions.
Our client list is incredibly diverse; we write about everything from insurance to interior design, from coffee to construction and from mortgages to mayonnaise.
As well as working with big-name brands and design agencies, LeBoo Media has also provided communications assistance to national sports governing bodies including UK Sport and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
SponsoringBest in Property of the Year Award
Pearson Hards has been known by various names over the decades, but it has been an integral part of the Kingston Borough community since 1928. People know that they can rely on our expertise to offer them the best solution or outcome for their legal needs. Clients know that we’ll take care of the finer detail, and use our knowledge to guide them in the right direction. We offer a bespoke approach to each client as each client’s needs are different. This is key to our success.
We feel that being integral to the local community is key and pride ourselves in helping support local businesses and individuals. We are proud to sponsor the category of contribution to the community as this award symbolises those people who have given their time and effort to make a difference, not just to themselves but to others.
SponsoringBest Charity / Social Enterprise of the Year Award
Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. Founded in Chicago in 1905, there are now around 34,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries that conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns. There are three clubs in the Royal Borough; Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton. We meet twice a month to plan service projects and discuss local community and international issues. Clubs are non-political and open to every race, culture, and creed.
SponsoringExcellence in Professional Services Award
From its three London offices, Russell-Cooke works with clients to meet the complex demands of contemporary life. Continually pursuing its strategy of sustainable growth, over 200 lawyers cover a broad range of practice areas. Both in the UK and abroad, private individuals, families, businesses, charities and regulators enjoy the firm’s recognised expertise and services. Russell-Cooke’s practitioners are sometimes known as ‘the lawyers’ lawyers’ for their technical expertise that means they meet the exacting demands of barristers, solicitors and judges who are their clients. The firm’s expertise across a number of practice areas is reflected in the leading legal directories.
SponsoringOutstanding Green Business Champion Award
Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, manufacturing beauty and personal care products, homecare products, food and refreshments. Improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing is a key strategic priority for us, through our work on positive nutrition, through our brands and for Unilever’s employees.
At the heart of its business, Unilever’s Wellbeing Framework underpins all aspects of supporting employees’ health and wellbeing:
· Physical – Looking after health, fitness, diet, sleep and energy levels
· Purposeful – Identifying what really matters and connecting to that as much as possible
· Mental – Managing mental choices and reactions to distractions, pressures, challenges and adversity
· Emotional – Finding ways to feel positive and confidently face life’s challenges.
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