Chairman of the awards judging panel, Willie Walsh, is delighted to announce the winners of the LondonlovesExcellence Awards 2013:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER: Piers Daniell, Founder and Managing Director – Fluidata

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jonathan Reynolds, Co-Founder and CEO – SwiftKey

SHORTLISTED:

Mark Pearson, Founder and CEO – Markco Media

Dom Gaynor, Managing Director – TeamSport

Entrepreneur of the Year  Supported by BDO

WINNER: Karen Hamling, Co-Founder and Managing Director – ITH Pharma

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ivan Retzignac and Andrew Bucher, Co-Founders – MedicAnimal

SHORTLISTED:

John Griffin, Founder and Chairman – Addison Lee

Tony Goodwin, Chairman and CEO – Antal International

Charlie Mullins, Founder and CEO – Pimlico Plumbers

Dr Richie Nanda, Founder and Chairman – The Shield Group (UK)

Errol Damelin, Founder and CEO – Wonga

Apprentice of the Year  Supported by EAL

WINNER: Elliot Shakeshaft, Mechanic Apprentice – Kier Harlow

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Phillip Lidgey, Engineering Apprentice – Johnson Matthey; Rhys Stockbridge, Engineering Apprentice – Johnson Matthey

Special Recognition Award  Supported by Growth Accelerator

Charlie Mullins, Founder and CEO, Pimlico Plumbers

Having started work aged just 15 to pay the bills, this entrepreneur has gone from being an apprentice to running one of London’s most recognisable mid-market companies. He’s built a fantastically successful business in a decidedly unfashionable industry, and created an up-market brand in a less than trustworthy trade, winning him celebrity fans such as Take That and Bobby Davro. He has done a huge amount to support apprenticeships, and also does lots to support older workers. In fact, he claims his 72-year-old PA is the longest-serving employee in London. He’s built a real family business and counts his daughters, sons and grandsons as team-members. He does a great amount of charity and social work – he’s a patron of the Prince’s Trust, and also supports the Rhys Daniels Trust, GOSH, Cudece Cancer Care, Help a London Child, Cray Wanderers and Lynn AC Boxing.

Lifetime Achievement Award

John Griffin, Founder, Addison Lee

The founder of that Addison Lee is a true entrepreneur. He started Addison Lee with just one car in 1975, having been a minicab driver trying to make ends meet. Today, Addison Lee will turns over £170 million. Addison Lee is a real family business, with both this entrepreneur and his late business partner’s sons and nephew taking lead roles in the business. In April, Addison Lee was sold for £300 million to Carlyle Group, with both families retaining small stakes. The original founder has driven the company to huge success since starting with nothing, and redefined London’s taxi culture in a hugely competitive market.

Business & Financial Services  Supported by Hays

WINNER: Vestra Wealth

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gekko

SHORTLISTED:

Antal International

Pimlico Plumbers

Reeves

Wonga

Creative Industries

WINNER: Ink

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blitz Communications

SHORTLISTED:

MJ Media

Manufacturing, Engineering & Infrastructure  Supported by EAL

WINNER: FM Conway

SHORTLISTED:

ITH Pharma

Xtralis         

Property & Transport  Supported by Joelson Wilson

WINNER: Addison Lee

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Zoopla

SHORTLISTED:

GRITIT

Retail

WINNER: Pret A Manger

HIGHLY COMMENDED: MedicAnimal

SHORTLISTED:

Giraffe

Technology & Telecoms  Supported by James Cowper

WINNER: Aveva

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Markco Media

SHORTLISTED:

Fluidata

Omnifone

Powwownow

Tourism & Leisure  Supported by Monaco Tourist Authority

WINNER: Brasserie Bar Co Limited

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ed’s Easy Diner; Grange Hotels

SPECIAL MENTION: TeamSport – for its outstanding work getting young people into jobs

SHORTLISTED:

Travelodge

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