Local borough beats corporates at VL Awards

The London Borough of Havering won out in the Business Event of the Year category at last night’s Visit London Awards, held at the O2’s Indigo venue. The public body grabbed the gong for its Business Awards event, designed to encourage investment in the local area, beating off the likes of Ford (silver) and Marks & Spencer (bronze). According to a statement from the judging panel, the awards were a physical representation of the borough’s proactive commitment to supporting existing local business and creating attractive new investment opportunities: “The Havering Business Awards – a self-funding project with no media sponsorship – is a great example of the borough’s progressive approach. Created specifically to inspire and help local businesses achieve success." Elsewhere, Business Venue of the Year went to Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium, with The Barbican and Earls Court and Olympia collecting silver and bronze respectively. The Outstanding Customer Service prize saw Marriott West India Quay claim the top spot, while The Halkin won Small Hotel of the Year and The Dorchester was named Large Hotel of the Year.

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