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Enterprise Enfield Announces Business Winners!

Published Friday, 06 November 2009

Enterprise Enfield is delighted to reveal the winners of its fifth Business Awards competition sponsored by The RSA Trust.

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The winners in each of the four categories were announced at the Awards ceremony held at the Royal Chace Hotel, Enfield on Thursday 29th October attended by 130 people including the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Eleftherios Savva, Andy Love MP, businesses and representatives from Enfield Council, London Development Agency and other business support organisations. 

Enterprise Enfield is the local enterprise agency providing information, expert advice and seminars for people setting up in business as well as those developing existing businesses. Its annual competition, open to all Enfield based businesses and Enterprise Enfield clients (up to 50 employees) in other parts of London, was developed to recognize, reward and promote the excellence of local businesses and their achievements in four categories. It was judged by representatives from London Development Agency, Business Link London, North London Chamber of Commerce, KIS Training, North London Enterprise Club, Middlesex University, Enfield Council and Enterprise Enfield.

First prize winners in each of the categories were awarded with £1,000 and second prize winners received £500. The prize funding for the Start-Up, Green Business and High Growth Business of the Year Awards were all generously provided by The RSA Trust and the Innovative Business of the Year Award prize was sponsored by Barclays.

Many of the Enfield based winners have received a significant amount of support and assistance from Enterprise Enfield which has enabled them to build their businesses successfully. For more information about Enterprise Enfield's support services including business advice, guidance and seminars visit Enterprise Enfield Website or call 020 8443 5457.

Green Business of the Year Award

WINNER: My Coffee Shop, Karen Mercer and Gunter Hollenstein

Mycoffeestop website

My Coffee Stop is a cosy cafe situated at  Enfield Chase Station, right at the end of Platform 1. However, it is much more than a coffee shop - rather it is an innovative and environmentally considerate coffee shop with staff that show a clear understanding and commitment to the environmental impacts of the business.

Karen Mercer and Gunter Hollenstein have incorporated a number of green initiatives in the business - the most successful of which is their book swapping scheme whereby unwanted books are recycled, whilst raising money for local charity, the Chickenshed Theatre Company. If you are a customer or visitor to My Coffee Stop, you can take a book, make a donation, and once you've finished with it, the book will be re-donated. This scheme has saved hundreds of books from the bin and is an excellent working example of creative recycling.

Karen has received a significant amount of support to build her business under Enterprise Enfield's RSA Trust Inspiring Women Programme. She attended the 6 month intensive scheme, specifically designed to help women start businesses in Enfield

"I came along to Enterprise Enfield they gave me free business advice, a basic grounding in business through a variety of courses from finance through to marketing. The RSA Trust Inspiring women Programme gave me support, inspiration, advice, structure, plans, hands on help, a brilliant understanding of my individual situation, care, kindness, mentoring, life coaching,  training, colour analysis, two residential weekends away and a fantastic support network.. That's how we got here, with a lot of fantastic and individually tailored support from Enterprise Enfield and the RSA Trust Inspiring Women Programme!

Other initiatives include using 100% recyclable/ biodegradable cups and donating rubbish to local recycling arts projects. Karen and Gunter encourage the use of travel mugs, which they sell in their shop and are committed to using Fairtrade products (it is the only coffee shop in Enfield on the Enfield Fairtrade Steering Group).

Although My Coffee Stop only started trading in January this year, it has already achieved notable success winning the Innovative category of the 2009 Archant North and North West London Business Awards, and the business was also a runner up in the Start Up category of Enterprise Enfield's awards.

Karen and Gunter run regular Bookswapping events at My Coffee Stop - the next one is on December 10th, drinks are half price and there will be a free fair-trade tasting.

Barclays Innovative Business of the Year Award

Winner: Yoga4mums, Cathy Underwood

yoga4mums website

Last year Cathy Underwood was a working mum who felt tired and frustrated, juggling work with home life and never seeming to get anywhere. However, today she runs Yoga4mums, an Enfield based business which she created to help empower mums physically and emotionally through the various stages of their lives.

Cathy also received a significant amount of support to start her business under Enterprise Enfield's RSA Trust Inspiring Women Programme. She says:

"I am enormously proud to receive this award tonight. Thank you to everyone at Enfield Enterprise and the RSA Inspiring women's programme. Without your help, advice and guidance I believe my business idea would have remained just that. Instead, thanks to your support, I have been able to make my dream come true."

Yoga4mums encourages mums back into gentle exercise and back into a social network - it enables them to feel better and have time for themselves through using yoga techniques to relax the mind, strengthen the body and reduce every day stresses and strains. Cathy runs a number of innovative Yoga programmes including: pre and post natal classes, mother and baby classes, credit crunch workshops, kids and teens and business wellness days/ weekends.

Her most successful innovative initiative this year has been her 'donation class' which inspires others to get fit at the same time creating valuable funds for a worthy cause. The classes run within schools, charities and local businesses and so far have raised £1, 806 for charities such as the Isobel Hospice and TreeHouse ( the national charity for autism education, supporting children with autism and their families)

Start up Business of the Year Award

Winner: KCO Inline Ice Skating Ltd, Karen O'Neill and Karen Coombes

Iceblading is a new concept of ice skating without ice! KCO Inline Ice Skating is the first company in the UK to produce a 'dry ice-blade' which allows participants to perform the skills and manoeuvres normally associated ice skating, off the ice.

Karen O'Neill and Karen Coombes developed the revolutionary skate, which is ideal for children and adults who may not have access to a rink, as it enables skating on any flat, hard surface -including sports halls, dance studios, playgrounds and car parks. The blades have a rockered wheel alignment, that enables the skater to turn smoothly and a simulated toe rake, which allows for spins and jumps, which can't be achieved with normal inline skates. Experienced figure skaters also find the dry ice blades perfect for practicing off ice - saving expensive rink time.

The company started trading in September 2008 and within one year it has already had considerable success - attracting £100,000 equity backing from Theo Paphitis following the Directors' appearance on Dragon's Den. The product has been accredited and endorsed by the National Ice Skating Association and the owners have secured 1 year funding from Islington Council to run Iceblading programmes in primary and secondary schools in North London.

The owners are already receiving interest from ice rink operators to use iceblading as an alternative service to ice skating over the summer months - for example melting the ice and putting on iceblading instead which would make significant savings on gas.

Business of the Year Award

Winner: Shine Marketing UK Ltd, Domenica Di Liteo, Stephen Pratley

Shine Marketing specialises in designing and building online shops for upmarket brands in the fashion, homeware and health and beauty sectors. Three years ago the Directors, Domenica Di Lieto and Stephen Pratley, recognized a gap in the market for upmarket niche brands needing help to move online and they resolved to bridge the gap between large expensive London agencies and cheap freelancers offering "out of box" solutions.

Shine was able to successfully capitalise on the demand for a professional and cost effective solution through the development of a comprehensive range of services for online retailers offering clients a fully managed integrated online marketing service.

The company has shown remarkable growth over the past three years from building local web sites to an agency which now deals with an impressive range of national clients. Despite the difficult economic climate the team has grown from 3 - 8 in the last year and has been committed, focused and supportive, working strenuously to strengthen and grow the business. The Directors are now concentrating on winning larger accounts with national brands, growing the turnover from £300,000 to £1m within the next three years.

Runners Up:

Green Business of the Year:

Carbon Hero Ltd, Andreas Zachariah and Nick Burch

carbondiem website

Innovative Business of the Year:

Slinks Ltd, Jane Rafter

janerafter website

Start-Up Business of the Year:

My Coffee Stop, Karen Mercer and Gunter Hollenstein

mycoffeestop website

Business of the Year:

Alexandra Tool Hire, Bob Rist and Jason Wright

hiretools website

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