Young Entrepreneur, Betty Adamou Research Through Gaming (right), presented by Liz Gjoni, Enterprise Enfield Business Adviser (left)
Local businesses celebrated their well-deserved awards at the 2014 Enterprise Enfield Business Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation Ceremony on Wednesday 3rd December at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield.
The annual competition, now in its tenth year, is run by local enterprise agency, Enterprise Enfield, supported by Enfield Council, and aims to recognise and reward the achievements of businesses as well their owners’ determination to succeed in the current challenging economic climate.
The award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Let’s Go Business Hub) was won by Greek Cypriot Betty Adamou for Research Through Gaming, – www.researchthroughgaming.com, a boutique research organization solely specialising in making Games for Research. The ResearchGames™ are strategically designed to produce more accurate data than traditional research through a more engaging environment, be it online, or face-to-face. The organization also provides a range of Consultancy Services, where their most popular services are Gamification and Games workshops.
The runner up in this category was fellow Greek Cypriot Styliana Vasili of Viva La Vita –www.vivalavita.com
Other winners included: Enfield Community Acupuncture (Stacey Chapman) who picked up the award for Start Up Business of the Year (Sponsored by Financing Start Up Enterprise); Halo Dogs (Justin Kumaran) who won Business of the Year (Sponsored by The RSA Trust); and Home Care Preferred (Ken Waterhouse) who was awarded Enfield Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Enfield Council).
The winners in each of the four categories were awarded with certificates and prize cheques of £1,000 at the event, which was attended by over 100 guests including the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Ali Bakir. The winning businesses were selected by four panels of judges (three in each category), which comprised of representatives from Enfield Council, Financing Start Up Enterprise, The RSA Trust, Barclays, Enterprise Enfield, Enfield Business and Retailers Association and Loving Social Media.
Enterprise Enfield’s Chief Executive, Des Johnson, said, “We had a fantastic response to our awards competition this year, so many strong entries from Enfield businesses, the quality was higher than ever, which made judging very difficult. All our finalists should be congratulated on their excellent achievements – especially in this tough economic climate!”
Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “I would like to congratulate the winners who all demonstrated ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. The standard of entries this year was higher than ever, making picking the winners a difficult task.
“The successful companies had to demonstrate innovation, a positive internal culture, and an impact on both our economy and our local community. Each accolade was well deserved and hopefully spurs on other businesses to follow suit.
“Economic research reveals that the most dynamic economies are ones that nurture new enterprise. In Enfield we are blessed to find those positive conditions for business. Long may it continue!”