17 November 2014

Leatherhead's business leaders came together to celebrate the winners of the Leatherhead & District Business Awards 2014 at an awards ceremony and dinner held on Wednesday 12th November at St John’s School, Leatherhead.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses in the Leatherhead & District area and shine a spotlight on the companies and business leaders that make Leatherhead a great place to live, work and visit.  With excellent transport links and business premises, the area is home to businesses of all sizes from world-class corporates to innovative smaller enterprises.

The event was organised by Prowse & Co Ltd in conjunction with the Leatherhead Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors included ExxonMobil, Leatherhead Advertiser, Leatherhead Chamber of Commerce, Barclays Bank, Prowse & Co Ltd, The Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Mole Valley District Council, Mundays LLP, Riverbridge House Business Centre, Surrey Connects and Unilever UK.

More than sixty people gathered to see the award winners receive their trophies and certificates.  Clare Cowan from BBC Radio Surrey acted as MC for the evening and guests included Mole Valley District Council leader, Cllr Chris Townsend, representatives from the sponsors, and business personalities and journalists from the Leatherhead and District area. The event took place in the newly refurbished Old Chapel at St. John’s School, Leatherhead.

 The results were as follows:

  1. Start Up Business of the Year, sponsored by Mole Valley District Council. Winner: Positive Autism Support and Training. (Runner-up: Babes on the Run)

Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST) aims to put problems with autism in the past. It offers training on autistic spectrum conditions and pathological demand avoidance for schools, colleges and parents, education support and advice including school observations, coaching and family mentoring.

Laura Kerbey, founder of Positive Autism Support and Training, said:  "The most important aspect of winning this award has been raising the profile of PAST. This has allowed more families and schools to hear about the services that we offer meaning that more children, families and professionals who work with children with autism can access the support that we are able to provide.”


  1. Meet and Eat Space Award, sponsored by Leatherhead Advertiser. Winner: Clark’s Café. (Runner-up: Blue Café)

Established in 1937, Clark’s Café prides itself on serving a wide range of customers from passers-by to business people. Promoting high quality, good value food and drink is paramount to everything the café stands for. They rely on listening to what their regular customers want from their local cafe and are always trying new food products and drinks.

Hannah Vincent, of Clark’s Café, said: “Winning this award is a big morale boost for everyone at Clark’s Café. It means so much to all of us to have been recognised in this way.”


  1. Customer Service Award, sponsored by Riverbridge House. Winner: Fine Fettle Multi-Healthcare. (Runner-up: Alan Greenwood & Sons)

Fine Fettle Multi-healthcare provides a one-stop centre where clients can choose or seek advice on a particular therapy for any condition or need. Fine Fettle offers a wide range of therapies including osteopathy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, and reflexology.

Helen Bullen, managing director/senior osteopath at Fine Fettle Multi-healthcare, said: “Fine Fettle has worked hard over the last four years to build excellent customer care and we are very proud of the high standards achieved in this time.  Winning this award is a testament to all the hard work and care the team has put into making Fine Fettle the centre of excellence it is today.  We are delighted with our award and will continue to provide excellent customer care and expertise for all our clients.”


  1. Award for People Development, sponsored by Unilever UK. Winner: Broadplace Advertising. (Runner-up: KBR)

Broadplace Advertising is an innovative, ethical and dynamic search engine marketing company specialising in pay per click management, search engine optimisation, web design and affiliate marketing. They invest heavily in developing and maintaining strong client relationships and are committed to ensuring 360 degree online visibility for clients' products, brands, and services on the web.

Ajay Syal, managing director, said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised by the Leatherhead & District Business Awards for our efforts and achievements. We have clients based across the UK and it is important for us to get this recognition at a more local level as it helps raise our profile within the local business community. We are especially proud of the contributions made by our team who all live locally.”


  1. Marketing Award of the Year, sponsored by Prowse & Co.  Winner: Humidity Solutions. (Runner-up: Liquid Productions)

Humidity Solutions was formed in response to the market need for a dedicated specialist in humidification providing the widest range of quality reliable humidifiers married to years of application knowledge.


  1. Charity/ Social Enterprise/Community Interest Company of the Year. Winner: The Freewheelers Theatre Company. (Runner-up: Surrey Rugby)

The Freewheelers Theatre Company brings disabled and non-disabled actors and supporters, production teams and the local community together. They use theatre and dance, wheelchair and voice box technology, multimedia, animations, puppets and shadows to create innovative work.


7. Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil. Winner: Monochrome. (Runner- up: Broadplace Advertising)

Monochrome is a web solutions agency. They build web applications from conception through to fully integrated web systems and mobile applications in native format. Adrian Munn, director at Monochrome, said: "I take a great deal of pride in accepting this award on behalf of our dedicated team of designers developers and staff whose endless hours of hard work dedication and passion have helped deliver some truly fantastic digital solutions to our customers.”

  1. Social Responsibility Award, sponsored by Surrey Connects. Winner: Liquid Productions. (Runner-up: Leatherhead Youth Project)

Liquid Productions is a video production company based in Leatherhead. Established in 2004, the company has continued to grow, producing corporate videos and animations for a wide range of clients.

Oliver Hall, director of Liquid Productions, said: “Winning this award is fantastic for our business.  This award will mean a lot to our excellent video team, and it's always nice to be recognised for the hard work we do.”


  1. International Business of the Year, sponsored by The Gatwick Diamond Initiative. Winner ETD Consulting.(Runner-up: Pixel Projects)

Omar Shibli, director of operations, said: “ETD Consulting is a recognised world leader providing independent technical consulting and on-site services, innovative products and high quality training to the power and process plant industries. The company was founded locally and has grown from small beginnings to be internationally recognised in our field. The support of the local business community has been important to that success and we are grateful for that support as we look to continue to grow.”


  1. Business of the Year 2014, sponsored by the Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce. Winner: Humidity Solutions. (Runner-up: Babes on the Run)

Winners of the Marketing Award, Humidity Solutions also scooped the Business of the Year Award.

John Barker, director, said “Winning this award is fantastic recognition for all of the staff at Humidity Solutions and testament to their hard work. Their dedication has delivered an outstanding customer experience that has propelled the company forward to its current position in the market. It is a great honour to receive this award and to have our success acknowledged by the local business community.”

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