Enterprise Awards 2013 - Congratulations to all those involved!

With the competition firmly over its time to list the winners and runners up who made it through some stiff competition. With over 200 entries it was a massive success across the 3 regions.

Essex

July 10th at Anglia Ruskin University – Chelmsford Campus with guest speaker Mark Hoban MP, Minister of State for Employment.

Enterprise of the Year - Brainbuzzz
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Chloe Godden, Stepin

Best Professional Services 
Business Brainbuzzz (Gold Award)
Media Confidence (Silver Award)

Best Hospitality Business
Scrumptious Tea Rooms (Gold Award)
Rockin’ Rob’s Cakes (Silver Award)

Best Creative Business
House of Hoxshore (Gold Award)
Stepin (Silver Award)

Best Retail Business
Frostings Cupcakes (Gold Award)
Pads N Paws (Silver Award)

Best Trade Services Business
SW Heating Service (Gold Award)
Forever Young (Silver Award)

Brainbuzzz, a business based in Hatfield Peverel, near Chelmsford, was named today as Essex Enterprise of the Year at the inaugural Ixion Enterprise Awards 2013. The awards recognise excellence among small business and start-ups in the county that benefitted from the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance programme.

Brainbuzzz, which was also named Best Professional Services Business, was the brainchild of Sue Cook. Sue gained a Health Science degree 17 years ago and went into practice as a homeopath, but when her son was born and was diagnosed with dyslexia she went searching for ways to train her son's brain.

Utilis-ing techniques she learnt in the United States, Sue’s son’s progress was so fast and his behaviour changed so much that her phone began ringing and she has now been seeing patients one to one for five years. She has transformed the techniques she learnt in the United States into an exercise class and is now teaching the School-Ready programme for parents.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Chelmsford Campus of Anglia Ruskin University, which spon-sored the Awards, where more than 100 guests joined guest of honour, Professor Mike Thorne, Vice Chan-cellor of Anglia Ruskin University.

In total 14 awards were handed out to 12 different organisations across nine categories, all of whom were judged worthy of recognition as among the best in the county.

One special individual award was presented to  22 year old Chloe Godden from Stepin as the county’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  StepIn was set up to provide funded classes in Street Dance, Drama and Music to underprivileged young people in Thur-rock.

East Anglia 

July 31st at Anglia Ruskin University – Cambridge Campus with guest speaker Dr Julian Huppert MP, Member of Parliament for Cambridge.

Enterprise of the Year - Eastworks
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Bob & John Knitwear

Best Professional Services 
Direct Immigration Solutions (Gold Award)
Open Innovation East CIC (Silver Award)
Educ8te Tuition Centre (Silver Award)

Best Hospitality Business
Bootifull Coffee (Gold Award)
Food! by Lizzi (Silver Award)

Best Creative Business
Eastworks (Gold Award)
Visual Form Guides (Silver Award)

Best Retail Business
Bob & John Knitwear (Gold Award)
Nailiscious (Silver Award)

Best Trade Services Business
Mr & Mrs B Services (Gold Award)
Service Industry Gardening (Silver Award)

A young Lowestoft woman who gained a Masters Degree in Fashion Knitwear Design has been named as East Anglia’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural Ixion Enterprise Awards 2013.

Jonie Worton’s business Bob & John Knitwear was also named Best Creative Services Business. The awards recognise excellence among small business and start-ups in the area that have benefitted from the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance programme.

Bob and John Knitwear creates fun and funky knitwear, including a range of interior and fashion products, including small and large letter cushions to personalise a room, lavender shapes and purses. The company’s range of products will expand in the Autumn to include scarves, gloves and hats.

All of the products are made from 100% lambswool, with the fabric designed and knitted on a domestic knitting machine by me in my studio in Lowestoft,” explains Jonie. “It is then felted, cut and sewn by me to make the various different items. I started the business because I wanted to become self sufficient, use my skills and education and to fulfil a life long dream. I also want to do my bit to create employment in my local area.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus, where more than 100 guests joined John Govett, Chief Executive of Ixion Holdings and special guests, Julian Huppert MP, Member of Parliament for Cambridge and Professor Gary Packham, Deputy Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University.

Also celebrating was Norwich-based digital marketing agency Eastworks, which was named both Best Creative Services Business and Ixion’s Enterprise of the Year. Eastworks specialises in web design and development, social media campaigns, brand identity and online advertising.

All in all, the journey has been hugely rewarding,” says owner Ryan Nesbitt. “I have never focused so relentlessly on anything before. There are clearly times of enormous anxiety but as long as i feel we are progressing and moving forward whilst retaining our core values of quailty work and service, I’m happy. We’ve also been able to bring into the business two young and talented employees.

In total 16 awards were handed out to 14 different organisations across nine categories, all of whom were judged worthy of recognition as among the best in East Anglia.

Other businesses picking up Gold awards included Direct Immigration Solutions (Best Professional Services Business), Mr & Mrs B Services (Best Trade Service Business), and Bootifull Coffee (Best Hospitality Business).

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, said:

“We have some really outstanding businesses in Cambridge and across the region generally and these awards recognise their achievements and showcase their successes. Those who have been shortlisted have proved their excellence, innovation and progress in what have been tough trading conditions and I wish them all every success for the future.”

South London

July 17th at Central Hall Westminster with guest speakers Rt. Hon Iain Duncan-Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions.

Enterprise of the Year - Learn2Listen
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sam Edkins

Best Professional Service Business
Learn2Listen (Gold Award)
Fiona Stewart Marketing (Silver Award)

Best Hospitality Business
Hooray Entertainment (Gold Award)
Parissi (Silver Award)

Best Creative Business
R3V3R3NT Skateboards (Gold Award)
TCA Mens Couture (Gold Award)
Ithina Theatre (Silver Award)
Black Yeti Studio (Silver Award)

Best Retail Business
Natural by Nature (Gold Award)
Culatello (Silver Award)
Boxing Smart (Silver Award)

Best Trade Service Business
Driver CPC Training & Compliance Ltd (Gold Award)
Supreme Removal Services Ltd (Silver Award)

Learn2Listen, a business which seeks to empower people by improving their levels of communication, was named today as the South London Enterprise of the Year at the inaugural Ixion Enterprise Awards 2013. The business was also named Best Professional Services Business.

The awards recognise excellence among small business and start-ups in the area that have benefitted from the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance programme.

Learn2Listen’s roots began in 2008 when owner Chris Carter listened to a care leaver called Jason Rock, whose family had been engulfed by addiction. By listening to him, Chris realised Jason had hidden potential and decided to do something about it.

He joined the Samaritans Listeners’ Scheme and followed Jason for five years watching him struggle with resettlement despite a climate promoting rehabilitation. Jason went on to speak in front of over 20,000 school children whilst still living in a hostel.

Imagining a society where children thought about addiction, crime, peer pressure and employment, Chris decided to start a company with a social agenda resulting in the birth of Learn2Listen.

The business aims to improve lives by promoting the importance of communication and coaches people in how to recognise communication and a positive mindset as the key to a successful life.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at Central Hall Westminster, where more than 100 guests joined Adam Sharples, Chairman of Ixion Holdings and guest of honour, Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

One special individual award was presented to Sam Edkins from Deptford as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  Edkins has built an impressive furniture business featuring his signature range of anatomically correct chairs, which reflect the anatomy of the individual as they would be sitting on the seat.