Harrow’s business community celebrated in style last week at the most successful Business Den competition yet.
It was a pressure-washing specialist who cleaned up on the night, taking away the top prize in the Dragon’s Den style contest.
Conan Sammon, managing director of London Bin Cleaning, impressed judges with his cleaning-rags-to-riches story, to win a package of business support, and a cash prize.
“The Harrow Business Den was a fantastic experience, nerve-racking but fantastic. The other contestants were all great and the competition was fierce. I am so grateful to have won and I am looking forward to utilising the experience, the new contacts made and especially the mentorship. I am ready and excited about the opportunities that this will hopefully bring.”
In 2012, Conan – then a student – invested £250 in a second-hand van and the London Bin Cleaning Company was born. Five years later, he has a fleet of vans and a small team of staff providing a huge range of cleaning and waste collection services to a long list of commercial and residential clients.
His pitch was one of four heard by the panel of judges and an audience of hundreds of entrepreneurs and local business leaders.
This wasn’t the only surprise of the night. For the first time all four judges decided to take a finalist each to mentor. Judges this year included Tim Cooper, Engie; Tracey Lee, Sopra Steria; Ray Brennan, Barclays; and Michael Lockwood, Chief Executive of Harrow Council.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Sachin Shah who opened the event said:
“Congratulations to the London Bin Cleaning Company and well done to all our finalists this year. I was blown away by how great all the pitches were. It proves how innovative our local entrepreneurs and small businesses are.
“Helping local businesses is one of our greatest strengths. It’s why we are the best small business friendly borough – and this will continue as we build a better Harrow creating even more opportunities for our entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
The runner up this year was Fresh Arts Education who provide arts for children. Finalist were Weqool and Gazelle London.
This year’s event was sponsored by Engie, Sopra Steria and Stanmore College.