AN ANNUAL awards ceremony kicked off on Thursday night with WWF-UK’s Helen Gravestock welcoming all enterprising local business buffs to the Living Planet Centre.
The Woking Business Achievement Awards, sponsored by chartered accountants Hamlyns and IT solutions firm Arcom, celebrate Woking’s top achievers.
Council Chief Executive Ray Morgan, Hamlyns Partner Chris Shrubb and Arcom IT’s Managing Director Shahid Azeem were among those presiding over the event.
Talks about, and an overall report on, Woking’s economy, investment and employment, were given by Messrs Morgan, Shrubb, Azeem, and Larry Dillner from Decisions Magazine.
Mr Azeem said: “The number of people employed by local firms is 160,947 – clearly not all of them work in the borough, but the figure represents an increase of 2.1 per cent, compared to 0.6 per cent for the top 1,000 firms across the South East.”
Jonathan Lord MP, who handed out the awards, told the News & Mail: “It was great to celebrate the success of local businesses.
“So much of our prosperity, as a country and as a town, depends on the continuing growth of all our commercial enterprises, both large and small, and here in Woking we have some real world beaters.”
The award for the Biggest Increase in Pre-Tax Profit went to McLaren Technology; Best for Corporate Social Responsibility was SRW Engineering; Highest Growth in Asset Value went to women’s underwear company DBApparel; Biggest Turnover to engineers Wood Group Mustang; the Highest Rise in Employment was IT consultancy SFW; and the Biggest Increase in Financial Strength went to security distributor Wick Hill Group.