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The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2022

Nominate a business for the The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2022.

About the Mayor’s Business Awards

The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards are an annual opportunity to celebrate our local businesses and to acknowledge the outstanding contribution they make to the borough.

This year's awards will recognise organisations who are working hard to boost local economic growth and provide opportunities that benefit their local communities and the wider borough. 

There are 14 exciting new categories this year. Read on for more information and prepare to nominate your favourite Lewisham businesses. 

Categories for the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2022

This year there are 14 exciting categories reflecting the range of businesses we have in the borough. We are seeking nominations for businesses in the following categories

Best visitor attraction

Lewisham is full of great places to while away a few hours or an entire day. Whether you want to watch a film or live performance; catch some street art or an indoor exhibition; go for a swim or to an aquarium. Lewisham has it all. What are your favourite local attractions? Get nominating.

Best green business

Let’s celebrate those businesses in Lewisham that are doing their bit to tackle climate change. Whether it’s selling sustainable or recycled products, reducing food miles by sourcing local produce or turning leftovers into compost. Now’s your chance to nominate.

Best online business

Nominate all those brilliant local businesses that only operate through digital channels. Those don’t have a physical shop or storefront and are using the internet to market, sell, and promote their product or service.

Best community contribution

This is a chance to thank the many businesses across the borough that go that bit further to support the local community in achieving great things. Examples may include sponsoring grassroots sports teams, fundraising for local initiatives or donating to food banks. Nominate now.

Best new business

Do you have a favourite new business in Lewisham? One that you have no idea how you lived without before? Perhaps they’ve spotted a gap in the market. Perhaps it’s the customer service or the way they give back to the community? We want to hear all about it.

Best in creative sector

Lewisham is the London Borough of Culture 2022 so it makes it all the more important to celebrate our growing creative sector.  We’re inviting nominations for creatives or creative businesses in fields which include (but are not limited to) design, marketing, advertising, publishing, photography, jewellery-making, fashion, software and beyond.

Best independent high street business

What’s your favourite place on the high street? We are looking for nominations for everything from clothes shops, to beauty salons, to greengrocers. Whether they provide a quality product or service, good value for money or a great customer experience - nominate now.

Best café

Where do you grab your morning coffee on the way to the station? Who serves sumptuous sandwiches that keep you full all afternoon? Where do you go to take a break with a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake? Let’s celebrate Lewisham’s cafés. Get nominating.

Best restaurant

We are lucky to have a huge number of fantastic restaurants in Lewisham, serving incredible food that represents the vibrant mix of cultures in the borough. This is your chance to say thank you to the local eateries where you’ve enjoyed mouth-watering meals and great service.

Best bar or pub

Let’s raise a glass to Lewisham's brilliant bars and pubs. We are spoilt for choice with friendly drinking establishments in our borough which offer everything from lagers, to cocktails, to craft beers. There's never been a better time to toast them. Get nominating now.

Best hair and beauty

We’re fortunate to have so many businesses in Lewisham that are dedicated to helping us look our best – from barbers and hair stylists to nail technicians and beauty therapists. Whether you like their top trim, their brilliant banter or simply superb service – nominate now.

Best independent food retailer

Lewisham is a foodie borough with a huge number of independent food stores selling a delicious range of produce to inspire home cooks. Who will you nominate? Your local deli, bakery, butcher’s or greengrocer’s perhaps?

Best tradesperson

Tradespeople are the fuel that keeps Lewisham running. Which tradesperson do you trust to work to the highest standards? Who have you recommended to all your friends and neighbours? From plumbers, to builders, to mechanics, to gardeners – nominate now.

Best market

Lewisham’s markets provide an important service to the borough’s residents and visitors, supplying a wide range of products and strengthening community ties. From street markets, to farmers markets and everything in between, we are asking shoppers to nominate their favourites.


The awards are open to all businesses based in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Nominations can come from the business themselves, or can be made by customers, suppliers or partners.

You can nominate a business through our online form. You can nominate businesses in as many or as few categories as you wish.

Nominations for this year’s Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards close on Friday 19 August 2022.

What do winners receive?

Winners will receive a signed, framed certificate and be able to use the Mayor of Lewisham Business Award winner logo in promotional material.

We will also promote award winners through our existing channels, such as this website, Lewisham Life and in local media.

Next steps 

A judging panel which includes the Mayor of Lewisham, council officers and local industry representatives will review the nominations and produce a shortlist.

Shortlisted businesses will be notified by early September.

Later in September, we will open public voting on which of the shortlisted businesses should win the awards. This means the public get the opportunity to both nominate and vote for the winners of these awards.

Award ceremony

An award ceremony to celebrate the nominated businesses will be held in November. Further details will be announced once the public vote has opened.

Business support

All Lewisham-based businesses are can continue to access Lewisham business support and sign up to our regular business newsletter.

If you have any further questions, or are interested in sponsoring the business awards, please contact business@lewisham.gov.uk.