Essential, a family owned and operated business supplying branded apparel and corporate clothing from Dunstable, has been crowned one of the winners in the East of England heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2019. Now in their 16th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.
The Family Business of the Year winner, Essential will now go forward to represent the East of England in the national finals, which take place in London in November.
Justin Richardson, Chief Executive of the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce said:
“Congratulations to Essential on winning this prestigious award, the accolades keep coming for this fantastic family run business. We couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved and it’s a testament to all their hard work.”
Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
“The Chamber Business Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the best of British business. Across the country, there are firms of all sizes and sectors thriving and showing their innovation and adaptability, even in the midst of turbulent times.
“Our businesses communities continue to generate prosperity and opportunity so it’s only right that we support and shout about the fantastic things they are doing.
“Each year the calibre of applicants impresses our judges, and this pool of entrants was no different. All our finalists should be proud of their success in reaching this stage and we wish them the very best of luck.”
Essential was started back in 1998 as Essential Embroidery Design by husband and wife duo, George & Nicki Georgiou. Back then they focused solely on Embroidery and had just one machine. With a lot of hard work and impeccable customer service the business took off!
As they grew, they added much more than just embroidery to their offering and so Essential Embroidery Design became simply ‘Essential’. Today they employ close to 60 people at their factory and offices in Dunstable, with both George & Nicki still working in the business along with their two children!