Recognition at prestigious business event
Two Wimbledon businesswoman are celebrating after being recognised in the prestigious London Business Awards 2014.
Mum2Mum Market, run by Wimbledon mother-of-two Cath Harrop, was crowned the 'Best New Business in London'.
And Wimbledon-based training company Anderson Food Hygiene, run by Managing Director Sylvia Anderson, was Best Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Business.
More than 200 businesses entered the awards with the top 100 making it through to a gruelling half hour interview.
The winners were announced at a Gala dinner at The Brewery in London hosted by Magic FM DJ Dr Fox. The awards recognise and celebrate the most dynamic and innovative businesses across London
The judges praised Mum2Mum Market on their impressive growth, innovative marketing and community benefits.
Cath organises baby and children's sales that allows parents to recycle their outgrown baby and children’s goods on to other families. She set it up in in September 2011 whilst on maternity leave from her job as an NHS doctor.
The business expanded rapidly and Cath now has a network of local mums running Mum2Mum Markets in more than 60 locations across the UK as far afield as Merseyside, Devon and all over London. She still holds her own sales in Wimbledon attracting 500 attendees at each event.
Said said: "I am thrilled to have won. Mum2mum market is great for local communities, helping families stretch their finances in tough economic times and making it really easy to shop in a more sustainable way.
"Getting recognition from the business community too is great. We are excited to be launching 10 new franchises over the next few months."
Anderson food hygiene training company beat off stiff competition from hotels, travel companies, restaurants and tourism operators from 32 London boroughs to win its award.
Managing Director Sylvia Anderson said: "We were competing against many other successful businesses and some big brands like Costa Coffee and The Capital Group so I was absolutely thrilled to win such a prominent award. As a small business, it can be intimidating to enter awards against much larger Companies and to actually win is an incredible feeling. It is a reminder that running a great business is not about size but the quality of your service and products, and the experience of your customers."
Anderson Food Hygiene competed against 12 finalists from the hospitality sector. When presenting the Award, business mentoring and coaching expert, Kerrie Dorman said: "Anderson Food Hygiene submitted an outstanding application and proved in the interview that their passion, expertise and success to date, has paved the way to an exciting future."
"Business awards are very important to us as they confirm we are achieving what we set out to do: deliver the best training and consultancy service in the UK. This award is even more special as it highlights the importance of food hygiene and health & safety," added Sylvia.
They were also finalists in two other categories: Best Small Business and Entrepreneur of the Year for Managing Director, Sylvia Anderson.
June 19, 2014