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Business Excellence Awards

(5 February 2004)

Two Cookham businesses were short listed for the Business Excellence awards that were organised by the Royal Borough. They were Penny Bysshe of School Guidance Consultancy and Country Stoves run by Martin Jarvis. The prize giving took place at Ascot Race Course where a Gala Dinner had been organised for the finalists in the ten business categories. Penny had been short listed for the Working Woman of the Year Award. This was sponsored by Thames Water. There were four finalists in this category and the winner was Pat O'Neill who had been running a funeral service since 1961. Country Stoves were finalists in the Environment Award category sponsored by The Michael Shanly Group and also Small Business of the Year. Country Stoves did not actually win either of the categories, but it was good to see Cookham so well represented.

The Prize Giving

The Prize giving took place during the Gala Dinner, which was a very elegant affair. Participants were greeted with a glass of champagne followed by a magnificent three course dinner. The prize giving had three Guest Presenters, the TV presenter Michael Barratt, the Gold medallist swimmer Adrian Moorhouse and the Meridian Television presenter Sangreeta Bhabra.

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One of the roulette tables

After the prize giving there was some fun gaming with blackjack and also roulette. The money was fake though. 

This was the first time that the Royal Borough had had such awards, but it was felt that it was an excellent motivation for the businesses of the Royal Borough.

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Penny Bysshe 

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