LONDON, December 2009 – Newham jeweller PureJewels was highly commended in the Retailer category at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2009 and was commended in the Business category.

The awards, run by Archant media group in association with HSBC, took place on November 6 at the art deco inspired Troxy banqueting hall in east London.

The abundance of entries for the awards, which encompass businesses in southeast and east London, Essex and Kent, was overwhelming, organisers said.

“We’re delighted to receive the commendations. The awards made us look at our business in a more critical sense, and made us look at areas where we can develop our business further,” said PureJewels brand manager Jayant Raniga.

“These commendations give us recognition across boroughs in the Southeast, one of the most progressive regions of England. They give us more credibility from a client perspective.”

The awards had a record number of entries, from restaurants to graphic design companies, from sole traders to big companies with hundreds of employees.

As well as Retailer and Business, PureJewels was shortlisted in the Technology, Community and Customer Service categories.

Separately, the British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce has granted an award to Jayant Raniga for his contribution to business in Newham.

“Whilst there are many other strong candidates, the institute recognises your contribution as a businessman and entrepreneur, as a member of the Green Street Jewellers’ Association (GSJA), and your contributions to supporting students within Newham,” said Kelvin Jones, head of international relations at the body.

Jayant received his award at a dinner at the Institute in Newham attended by over 100 people on December 15.

“It was a great honour for us to have been recognised for our contribution to local business,” he said.

The GSJA groups jewellers in Green Street, Newham, who offer a mix of Eastern and Western styles.

The branding effort of the Green Street jewellers is focused on developing business opportunities before the 2012 Olympics, which will take place around east London.

Green Street jewellers are currently staging a draw with a £3,000 cash prize for the winner.

It is the first time that a prize draw has been offered by a group of retail jewellers in Britain.

Shoppers will receive a ticket for every £250 spent in participating Green Street shops. Each ticket will be entered in the draw. The draw runs until December 31.

Press enquiries:

Jayant Raniga, PureJewels, Tel. 0208-4701221,