The Chelsea Awards 2019

Following last night’s inaugural Chelsea Awards at the Saatchi Gallery, celebrating all who create such a special community – extraordinary people, cultural attractions, shops, businesses and restaurants that make Chelsea a world-class destination – we are delighted to confirm the winners for each category.

2019 winners (from left) David Mellor, Partridges, The Fashion School, Glass Door, John Sandoe, the Royal Court Theatre and The K&C Foundation

 

Hundreds of nominations for the Chelsea Awards were made by the Chelsea community, with the winners decided by a panel of six independent judges representing different parts of the community: Susan Dolton, Director of The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation; Councillor Will Pascall, The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Councillor Alison Jackson, BAFTA award-winning artist; Reverend Canon David Reindorp, the Reverend at Chelsea Old Church; Jo Malone CBE, globally recognised business woman; John Simpson CBE, journalist, broadcaster and author; and Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan.

Hugh Seaborn, CEO at Cadogan comments, “Community cannot be taken for granted, it is built from the interconnectedness of people, businesses and institutions with place and over time; each weaving their distinctive characterful thread in the rich fabric of our neighbourhood.”

WINNERS:

Only in Chelsea – a business that brings something unique to the area.
Shortlist: Chelsea Physic Garden, John Sandoe Books, Sloane Square News Vendor

Winner: JOHN SANDOE BOOKS. The judges said: ‘Home to more than 30,000 titles, Sandoe is much more than a bookshop but an event space for talks with authors and book launches – this row of 18th century shops is a real treasure’
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Community Hero – an organisation or person that has benefitted the community through their actions
Shortlist: Anne Hopewell-Ash, The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Winner: THE KENSINGTON & CHELSEA FOUNDATION. The judges said:  ‘This independent charity works to help disadvantaged local people across the borough, ensuring donations go to grassroots concerns where they are needed most. A nominator said ‘a unique force for good in the area’
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Cultural Champion – an organisation of person that has enriched Chelsea’s culture
Shortlist: Cadogan Hall, Royal Court Theatre, The Saatchi Gallery

Winner: THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE. The judges said:  ‘A champion of emerging talent with a programme supporting aspiring writers, more than 120,000 visitors watch productions at the Court every year’
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In Good Taste – someone who has made Chelsea delicious
Shortlist: The Chelsea Fishmonger, Partridges, The Sea The Sea

Winner: PARTRIDGES. The judges said:  ‘Since 1972, Royal Warrant Holder Partridges has been much more than the local grocer, innovating and supporting the wider area. They also created the ever popular food market at DOYSQ each Saturday, a hub for 70 small, high quality producers’
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Community Collaboration – businesses who have joined forces for the greater good
Shortlist: Glass Door, K+C Art Weekend, Local Ambassadors

Winner: GLASS DOOR. The judges said:  ‘Offers shelter and support to those affected by homelessness across SW London. Its Sleep Out in Duke of York Square each year sees the community join forces to raises hundreds of thousands of pounds which funds night shelters throughout the winter’
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Masters of Craft – an Artisan who elevates the everyday to the extraordinary
Shortlist: David Mellor, The Deck, Manolo Blahnik

Winner: DAVID MELLOR. The judges said: ‘Currently celebrating his 50th anniversary on Sloane Square, Sir Terence Conran has called him ‘Britain’s greatest post-war product designer’
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Future Forward – a company innovating to meet tomorrow’s challenges
Shortlist: Blanc, Daniela De Montby, The Fashion School

Winner: THE FASHION SCHOOL. The judges said:  ‘teaches sustainable fashion through workshops sharing their wisdom of sewing, inspiring the next generation how to design ethically with zero waste’
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