March 22, 2016

Winners Slough Business Awards 2016

This post was written by: hmorgans

aston bond winners 2016 business awards

This is the second consecutive year Aston Bond were nominated as finalists in three different categories at the  prestigious Slough Business Awards, held at the Hilton T5. The black tie event highlighted the strengths of the local community, from growing start up business to large corporations.

The evening started with drinks and casual networking, in which companies big and small rubbed shoulders, showing how Slough is place of great opportunity for all involved.

group photo

The Aston Bond team

A silent auction was held through the event, in which they gave away some extremely coveted items; from boots signed by Messi, to a four person holiday in the Swiss Alps. Each person would enter a number of what they’ve prepared to pay in a booklet and hand it in. All proceeds went to the Slough  Refugee Support charity.

It was fitting that a lookalike duo of David Brent and Gareth Keenan presented the awards, two characters who (as they phrased it) “put Slough on the map”. Whilst being a humorous and enjoyable performance, it also stood as a clear visual reminder of the progression of Slough. From the laughable town portrayed in ‘The Office’ to an economic powerhouse.

The self-proclaimed ‘Son of Slough’ Brent did his famous Christmas Party Dance, see our tweet above. The Wernham Hoggs Entrepreneur wasn’t quite done with that, as he invited members of the audience up to the stage; (Including our head of Wills & Probate Jenna Dunstall) getting them to shadow his show stopping moves.

jenna dunstall dancing on stage with david brent

Jenna cutting some shapes

Aston Bond won two awards this year: ‘High Growth Business of the Year’ and ‘Employer of the Year’.

slough business awards trophies

Employer of the year and High Growth Business of the Year

Both awards are testament to the hard work and dedication from all the staff at the company.

Aston Bond was also nominated and made it as finalist  for a further award in the category of ‘Business of the Year’ although unsuccessful in this category the nomination highlights the upward trajectory of the firm. Last year Aston Bond won the Slough SME (Small Medium Enterprise) Business of the Year Award. The movement out of the SME category and into the Business category highlights the company’s growth and development.

It was a night of recognition, acknowledgement and celebration. Our CEO and Co-Founder, Stephen Puri, had this to say about the event:

It’s always an honour to be nominated for awards and especially to win them! These accolades, in High Growth Business of the Year and Employer of the Year, personify the hard work and dedication of the team. Most certainly if there was an award for ‘Employees of the Year’ I believe we would win it. Slough often has a bad reputation, but looking around the hall at this event I saw no reason for this; there were young entrepreneurs, youth parliament members and large corporations in attendance . It was a joyous occasion and I’m truly proud of my team, my company and our community”.

award winners group photo