Over 200 business owners and Streatham locals gathered at the Hideaway jazz club for the second Streatham Business Awards on Tuesday February 5.
MC for the night, Streatham resident and former television presenter Carole Machin was joined onstage by Streatham Town Centre Manager Angelina Purcell MBE, who encouraged business owners for their dedication and commitment during tough economic times.
“It was an absolute honour to be among so many talented local businesses,” Ms Purcell said. “It certainly made me feel really proud to be part of Streatham and I am very much looking forward to next year’s event!”
This year 33 businesses battled it out for seven awards, judged by a panel. A further 35 local businesses were nominated by the Streatham public for the Best Customer Service award. Three businesses from the Lane and Vale area of Streatham also competed for the Special Recognition Award.
Owner of Computer Mobile Services Oli Osibo who won Best Independent Shop thanked the local community for their support after his business was struck by the 2011 riots.
Following a public vote, brothers Stefano and Sandro Costa scooped the Best Customer Service award for their shop I Love Coffee. The café was also runner up in the Weekender’s Business of the Year award. “There is a strong unity between businesses in Streatham and on the High Road and that feel good factor generated from the Awards can only be a positive thing for the people of Streatham,” Stefano said in his acceptance speech, adding: “a huge thank you to Streatham for voting for us and Lambeth Weekender readers. The Award took us by surprise and it now stands proudly on our counter.”
Local pub the Manor Arms won Best Place to Eat and Drink, which was the most competitive category in the Awards, while Potter Perrin nabbed the Lifetime Achievement Award. The bathroom and kitchen supplier, first established in 1946, has been a prominent part of Streatham for decades and is now run jointly by second and third generation family members. “We have watched as Streatham has gone through many phases of development and we are excited to be part of the next phase as it takes shape,” Commercial Director Harriet Perrin said.
Development company Belgravia Estates was awarded Best Small Entrepreneur for developing and improving neglected parts of Streatham High Road, while Balfes Bikes won Greenest Business. The Hamlet took out the award for Best Shop Front, meanwhile salon the Remedie Rooms was awarded Business of the Year. The Railway was crowned with the Special Recognition award.
Director of online Streatham directory Next Level Mel Larsen said it was great to have a set of awards focusing solely on Streatham. “Streatham is a fantastic, friendly place and on the whole this is reflected in our local business,” Ms Larsen said.
Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham and Shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills thanked the local business community for their hard work. “We are spoilt for choice of places to shop, eat and drink locally at both long-standing businesses that are old favourites and at the growing number of exciting new ventures,” Mr Umunna said.
The MP has been urging local businesses to back the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID), a sentiment that was continued at the Awards. A ballot of eligible businesses, which is required for the creation of the BID, has been running in the local area and was due to close on February 21. It needs a simple majority in order for the BID to be successful.
For more on the Streatham Business Awards 2013, grab your copy of the next Weekender, out February 22!