Winners announced at the Camden Business Awards 2017

The winning businesses of the third Camden Business Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony on 30 November. The awards celebrate the successful leaders in Camden’s thriving economy, recognising outstanding examples of business growth, sustainability, urban design and corporate social responsibility.

The awards are funded by the local business community and led by the Camden Business Board, in partnership with Camden Council. For this year’s glittering ceremony, the venue was 30 Euston Square, headquarters of the Royal College of GPs.

Councillor Danny Beales, Camden Council Cabinet member for Investing in Communities, said:

“It’s fantastic to see such a high calibre of applications at the Camden Business Awards this year, particularly from those in our creative, professional, life sciences and tech growth sectors. We have had strong entries from businesses going above and beyond to support their local communities, and in creating excellent places to work. This has been great to see, and will help us make Camden an inclusive place for all.”

David Whittleton, Chair of the Camden Business Board, said: 

“This year’s awards again recognise Camden as the heart of London’s thriving economy, and the best place to do business in the capital. I’d like to thank all our awards entrants for their enthusiasm and determination, and for helping to make Camden such a vibrant and successful business centre.”

In making their selections, the judges heard fantastic examples of success from businesses both large and small.

Knowledge Partnership Award winner: Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease, opening at its new site in Kings Cross in 2016. This year the institute won the Knowledge Partnership Award for its investment in education and building young people’s career ambitions.

The organisation works with every secondary school and 24 primary schools in Camden, developing a programme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) learning from Years 1 to 12/13. Since opening, more than 7,000 Camden young people have already benefited from a wide range of activities and workshops.

Best Start-Up Business: Jupiter Diagnostics

Jupiter Diagnostics is a medical diagnostic start-up that launched at the London Bio-Science Innovation Centre in Camden in 2016. The company has developed a portable reader, capable of producing multiple blood results in 10 minutes using just a prick of blood. Using proprietary nanocrystals and polymer chemistries their device shrinks the testing process, enabling the same results as large laboratory machines, but in miniature.

Their innovative product aims to provide affordable everyday testing, allowing clinicians to perform lab-quality tests with minimal training in the presence of the patient, saving time and money. Their first panel tests focus on the gynaecology and mental health markets.

Innovative Business of the Year: Eat Grub

Start-up business, Eat Grub, is a boundary-breaking new food brand aiming to revolutionise Western food culture by marketing insects as a food product. Through a series of pop-ups, cookbooks and company collaborations, the company has successfully made the case for insects as a more environmentally friendly food source.

The business received support from Camden Town Unlimited Business Improvement District (BID), and expanded from its business incubator, Camden Collective. Their cricket powder energy bars and roasted grub snacks are now stocked by major high street and online supermarkets nationally.

List of Winners

  • Small Business of the Year: Phoenix Artist Club
  • Innovative Business of the Year: Eat Grub
  • Employer of the Year: Matrix Chambers
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community: Amplifi in partnership with University College Hospital Cancer Fund
  • Knowledge Partnership Award: Francis Crick Institute
  • Best Start-Up Business: Jupiter Diagnostics
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Camden Tea Company
  • Outstanding Design Award: Hawley Primary School, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability - Small Business: Colyer Group
  • Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability - Large Business: University College London
  • Excellence in energy efficiency and carbon reduction: Eleanor Palmer School