18th September 2020

The Thames Valley business community came together to help celebrate a diverse and exciting group of people as the Chamber announced its first ever Hero Award winners.

Set to celebrate the spirit of businesses and individuals from across the region, the awards showcased those that had worked, helped and supported their own communities during the Covid-19 crisis.

The hour-long ceremony was hosted by the first UK voice of Siri, Jon Briggs, with the ultimate parody singer Blobbie Williams, singing two of Robbie William’s biggest hits ‘Let me Entertain you’ and ‘Angels’ to a packed Zoom audience.

The winners are:

Bracknell Business Hero: Ascot Racecourse

Buckinghamshire Business Hero: Lindengate Mental Health Charity

Buckinghamshire Individual Hero: Mary Runnacles, B P Collins

Oxfordshire Business Hero: Aston and James

Oxfordshire Individual Hero: Will Dawson, RAW Pictures

Reading Business Hero: Becton Dickinson

Reading Individual Hero: Lucy Roper, UCEM

Slough Business Hero: Eton College

Slough Individual Hero: Jamie Green, Slough Council for Voluntary Service

Swindon Business Hero: Stratton St Margaret Parish Council

Swindon Individual Hero: Santiago Monteiro, Hotel Manager,  The DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon

West Berkshire Business Hero: Hawkridge Distillers Ltd

West Berkshire Individual Hero: David Seward, CEO,  Berkshire Youth

Paul Britton, Chamber CEO commented: “Over the last six months we have heard so many stories about the fantastic work being done by companies and individuals keen to make a difference and support their local community during the pandemic.

“As the saying goes not all heroes wear capes but having seen the list of nominations and the work being carried out many of them definitely live in the Thames Valley. Congratulations to everyone.”

Winners will automatically be entered into the UK Business Heroes – Celebrating Businesses One Story at a Time, an initiative being run by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) throughout October, for further recognition on a national scale.

If you missed the event, or just want to relive it, you can now catch it on-line here