Prizewinning companies celebrated at the tenth Enterprise Enfield Business Awards gala.

The presentation ceremony, at Royal Chace Hotel last night, in Enfield saw four businesses emerge triumphant.

Categories ranged from from business of the year to retailer of the year, with each winner being presented with a cheque for £1,000.

Enterprise Enfield’s chief executive, Des Johnson, said, “We had a fantastic response to our awards competition this year, so many strong entries from Enfield businesses, the quality was higher than ever, which made judging very difficult.

“All our finalists should be congratulated on their excellent achievements- especially in this tough economic climate.”

Councillor Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for economic development said: “I would like to congratulate the winners who all demonstrated ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. The standard of entries this year was higher than ever, making picking the winners a difficult task.

“The successful companies had to demonstrate innovation, a positive internal culture, and an impact on both our economy and our local community. Each accolade was well deserved and hopefully spurs on other businesses to follow suit.

“Economic research reveals that the most dynamic economies are ones that nurture new enterprise. In Enfield we are blessed to find those positive conditions for business. Long may it continue.”

Halo Dogs was crowned business of the year. The centre became London’s first licensed dog day care facility when it was established in 2010, and has become the largest operation of its kind, looking after 65 dogs a day, with a waiting list of over 200.

The winner of start up business of the year was Enfield Community Acupuncture, founded by Stacey Chapman and based in Winchmore Hill.

Enfield retailer of the year went to Home Care Preferred, run by Ken Waterhouse. The firm provides care and support in people’s own homes and operates a shop selling and hiring a range of independent living equipment from its shop in Winchmore Hill.

Last but not least, Betty Adamou was named young entrepreneur of the year for her business Research Through Gaming.

The idea behind Research Through Gaming is to create an enjoyable experience in filling out surveys and improving data quality.