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Categories for the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards

Find out about the six categories and what our judging panel looks for in each of them.

Best Creative Business

We are looking for businesses that excel in the creative field. This can include:

  • graphic design
  • photography
  • ceramics
  • IT-based businesses.

Nomination guidance

  • You must be able to show how your business has progressed and what types of projects you have delivered in the last six months.
  • We are looking for any economic or skills and training benefits delivered by your business.

Best New Business or Entrepreneur

We are looking for businesses that have started up in the borough of Lewisham within the last two years or people who have used their entrepreneurial talent and skills to start their own businesses.

Nomination guidance

  • You must be able to show how your business has progressed in line with your business plan.
  • Success should be demonstrated by your business having a clear understanding of its products, competitors and market environment.

Best Environmental Practice

We are looking for a business that has made its practices sustainable and helped the local environment. This may include:

  • efforts concerning waste and recycling
  • green purchasing
  • local environmental quality
  • energy and climate change
  • transport
  • any other environmentally focused activity.

Nomination guidance

  • You must be able to show what your business has done to understand your environmental impact and improve environmental performance in the last two years.
  • You must also be able to show how you have integrated environmental matters into your core business.

Best London Living Wage Employer

The mayor of Lewisham is encouraging Lewisham-based employers to become London Living Wage employers, to give employees in the borough an ethical wage (a minimum of £10.20 per hour) to cover the costs of living in London.

Nomination guidance

To nominate your business for this award you will need to become a London Living Wage employer by registering interest with The Living Wage Foundation. You will also need to provide us with evidence of your accredited license.

Best Food and Drink Business

This award is for food and drink businesses which are highly valued by customers and the local community. We want to reward food and drink businesses that do ‘that little bit more’ which customers return to and recommend to people they know.

Nomination guidance

  • You must be a businesses that serves food and/or drinks which operates within the London Borough of Lewisham.
  • You must be able to explain how you provide a service which is valued highly by local residents and the local community.

Best Independent Business

This award is for businesses which are highly valued by customers and the local community. We want to reward independent businesses that value their customers highly and leave a lasting impression on their customers.

Nomination guidance

  • You must be an independent business (shops with no more than six retail outlets).
  • You must be able to explain how you provide a service which is valued highly by local residents and the local community.