A glittering gala awards ceremony at Hampton Court Palace was the place to be on the night of Thursday 17th October as the winners of the Richmond Business Awards were announced. The annual event is sponsored by, among others, the Richmond & Twickenham Times and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and is designed to celebrate some of the best businesses in the Borough. Once again the team at twickerati were snubbed by the organisers as we failed to pick up a single award. Or even attend the event. Suggestions that this failure could be the result of twickerati not entering itself for any awards nor actually meeting any of the entry criteria are entirely justified. But we won’t let mere trifles get in the way of a good story. The pain burns deeply. Hypothetically, but deeply.

Focusing on the positives, we say a big Twickenham-centric congratulations to all the award winners and all those receiving commendations. People, you done good.

Of particular note from a Twickenham perspective are:
* Best Retail Business in the Community: RealAle.com. The judges said: “Great example of a local business establishing a solid and consistent brand. Good evidence of developing its employees and a strong and demonstrable community spirit.” Nice one!
* Best Charity or Not For Profit: For Sanity’s Sake. The multi-award winning local website for parents and carers of pre-school children picks up another gong. Well done FSS.
* Best Business for Innovation & Technology: Blue Fish Retail. Another win for a Twickenham-based business. As the judges said, “A nice use of everyday IT equipment that small and local businesses can really make use of to manage their businesses – loved it”.

Commendations went to a range of local businesses including Chase Buchanan, Richmond Theatre, Little Star Writing, Hawk Training and Richmond Adult Community College.

You may recall that we were busy recommending that people vote for Ruben’s Bakehouse for the People’s Choice Award but it just wasn’t to be. The purveyors of loaves of distinction to the twickerati missed out, and that particular award went to Stamptastic. And if you’re not familiar with them (as we have to confess we weren’t) then they’re a Richmond based business selling name stamps and labels aimed at the schools market. A big congratulations to them on their award.

In the meantime, a spokesperson for twickerati said: “Despite not winning any of the awards which we were totally ineligible for and entirely unsuited to, we will continue to do our best to deliver limited information and sarcastic comment about Twickenham for the foreseeable future”.

So there we have it. We’re not going to list out all the winners as that would just take plagiarism to new heights. Full details on all of them can be found below.

* Richmond & Twickenham Times (list of winners)
* Richmond Business Awards