ERA 2009

Last night I attended the Enterprising Roehampton awards at Roehampton University.

During my comments at the beginning of the awards I reflected that it hasn’t been a good year. We are the longest recession on record and while Wandsworth may be escaping the very worst effects we’ve still see unemployment rise significantly. Most disappointing was that the planned regeneration scheme became unviable as the length and depth of the recession took its toll on partners. (Although one benefit has been the level of support the scheme has since received.)

However, dark clouds always have silver linings. And in the case of Roehampton many were at the ceremony to receive awards. It is the small businesses and individuals who create the jobs and ad opportunities that, collectively, will pull us out of recession and help towards the longer term regeneration of Roehampton, whatever form that takes.

This is the third year of the awards, which are nominated by the public and seek to give recognition to those people and businesses that make a difference to the area. Congratulations to all the recipients.

The winners were:

The award winners are moved into place for their photo
The award winners are moved into place for their photo

Best Customer Service

  • Carol Hale, Co-op Pharmacy
  • Heanens Butchers
  • Dave Lennon, The Angel


  • Sean Darvishi, The Right Plaice
  • Roehampton Village Cafe
  • Ginger & Garlic


  • Alan Housden, Chairman of Alton Playgroup
  • Hari & Marie Thakker, Roehampton Post Office
  • Geoffrey Bodker, Roehampton Business Forum


  • Andy Smith & Simon Gale, Regenerate
  • Mark Evans, Extended Schools, Roehampton and Putney
  • Sue Goble, Kairos Centre


  • Dr Jonathan Horner, Roehampton University
  • Tessa Willy, Roehampton University Eco-champion
  • Roehampton Village Cafe

Sport and Well-being

  • Emma Roberts & Fiona Riley, The Roehampton Rascals Cheerleaders
  • Dennis Booth, Roehampton Football Academy
  • Eddie Leroux, Doverhouse Lions

Young Entrepreneur

  • Craig Baxter, A3 Carpets
  • Wayne Baxter, Baxter’s Windows and Doors
  • Hayden Harbud, Heanens Butchers

Special Recognition

  • Richard Bleckman, Chairman of Roehampton Business Forum
  • Jim McKinney, Holy Trinity Church
  • Police Sergeant Mark McLeavery, PC Andy Voong, PC John Frame, PCSO Nicky Edwardes, PCSO Marco Serrano, PCSO Noel Perkins, PCSO Fuad Osman, PCSO Lisa Burke & PCSO Richard Ahronson, The Roehampton Safer Neighbourhood Team

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