Friday night saw the annual Havering Business Awards dinner, hosted by Maylands Golf Club - a packed night with plenty of opportunities for local business people to network and mingle with the star studded guest list. The after dinner awards were presided over by comedian and celebrity Tim Vine.
From a long list of excellent winners, several stood out for me:
The Queen's Theatre won the best hospitality award, on the basis of a public vote. I visited them over the Summer to see the first night of Return to the Forbidden Planet, and in my opinion the award is well deserved.
The award for best marketing was won by Romford's very own Brewery Centre, which also happens to be where I live! In recent years new restaurants and a Costa Coffee have been added to the already stunning retail opportunities available here.
And there were two special awards for long term support of the awards over several years. They went to Christine Smith of Molly's Florists and Martin Bumpus from our local Lloyds TSB. Special awards were presented by Mayor Cllr Lynden Thorpe.
It was a late night with disco and live entertainers ensuring that we danced into the early hours of Saturday...