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The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2021

Find out more information on The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2021

About the Mayor’s Business Awards

The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards are a yearly opportunity for local businesses to celebrate their successes and to acknowledge the outstanding contribution they make to the borough.

Despite the  huge challenges resulting from the pandemic, we are inspired by the way Lewisham’s businesses have demonstrated resilience, adapting to the ever-changing circumstances to survive, and even thrive while also giving back to their communities.

The Mayor’s Business Awards 2021 will recognise organisations who are working hard to boost local economic growth and provide opportunities that benefit their local communities and the wider borough.

Winners will 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.

Nominations

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 on behalf of the business by customers, suppliers or partners. Businesses can be nominated in up to 3 categories.

Judging panel

The judging panel considers all nominations. The panel includes The Mayor of Lewisham, council officers and key local industry representatives.

Closing date

Nominations for this year’s Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards close on 19th September 2021. Shortlisted businesses will be notified by early October.

Award ceremony

The Mayors Business Award ceremony will be held Wednesday 10th November. We will provide details of the location shortly.

Categories for the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2021

Find out about the six categories for this year’s awards and what our judging panel is looking for with each.

  • Growth Builder Award

    This award is for an independent business or not-for-profit organisation that supports a significant number of jobs, encourages footfall or trade in the area and is deemed crucial for the borough’s strategic regeneration. We want to reward businesses who are adding to the vibrancy of Lewisham’s high streets and the local economy’s growth.


    Nomination guidance


    To enter this award category, businesses need to:

    • Demonstrate the number of jobs and work opportunities they are providing.
    • London Living Wage Employers need to provide evidence of their accredited license.
    • Explain how they meet our requirements for an inclusive growth builder and provide examples of how you are encouraging footfall and trade.


  • Best Cultural, Creative or Night Time Economy Business

    This award is for vibrant and exciting businesses within the cultural, creative or night time economy sector. We want to reward businesses that celebrate our borough, support community and are highly valued by their customers and clientele. 


    Nomination guidance


    To enter this award category, businesses need to:

    • Operatewithin the London Borough of Lewisham
    • Be able to demonstrate how they are making impact in the local area.
    • Demonstrate how they provide a service that is valued highly by local residents and the local community.

  • Social Value Award

    This is to reward businesses that bring social value to Lewisham residents and are grassroots influencers for strengthening community spirit. We are also keen to support businesses that provide placements for the Mayor’s Apprenticeship programme or Kickstart scheme opportunities.


    Nomination guidance

    To enter this award category, businesses need to:

    • Demonstrate the training that is in place to boost e employees’ skills and any work placement opportunities they are providing. Show how they are strengthening community spirit and provide examples of their social impact.
    • Provide evidence of their London Living Wage Employer accredited license.


  • Innovation and resilience Award

    This award is for businesses that have adapted to major change and have successfully produced new and innovative products and services in the borough. This is about rewarding businesses who have responded to the current climate and overcome challenges. 


    Nomination guidance


    To enter this award category, businesses must:

    • Be able to show how they have progressed and what types of projects they have delivered in the last 12 months.
    • Be offering new and innovative services developed in the borough over the past year.


  • Community space award

    This award is for organisations and space providers that offer inclusive and affordable space that enables emerging businesses to flourish and fosters community.


    Nomination guidance


    To enter this award category, businesses must:

    • Be based in the borough of Lewisham and able to demonstrate how they are supporting startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
    • Show how they are providing space that encourages enterprise and forging local links.
  • Young entrepreneur award

    This award is for either a Start-up group or individual delivering entrepreneurial activity who are aged 16 – 25.


    Nomination guidance


    We are looking for entrepreneurial young people who are delivering services in the borough and can demonstrate impact.


    To enter this award category:

    • Your business must be based in the borough of Lewisham,
    • You must be aged 16 - 25
    • You must be able to show how you developed your business idea.

Timeline

Nominations open: Beginning of July 2021

Deadline to apply: September 19th 2021

Shortlisting panel: October 2021

Shortlisted businesses contacted: by 15th October

Award Ceremony: Wednesday 10th November 2021

How to apply

To make a nomination please download the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards Nomination form.

Please send nomination forms to economyandpartnerships@lewisham.gov.uk before the deadline of September 19th 2021, 5pm.

Supporting document

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South East London Chamber Of Commerce (selondonchamber.org)

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Sasson & Co - Accounting Services for Small Businesses (sassonaccountants.co.uk)