Twelve London-based businesses were crowned the best in the capital last night at the inaugural Dot London Small Business Awards 2015, with winners including a vegan bakery, a pop-up cocktail den and a not-for-profit members club.
The awards were created by Dot London, the capital’s unique domain name, to celebrate the success of London’s most outstanding small businesses. The nominees were narrowed down by a distinguished panel of judges that included some of London’s most successful businesses, such as LEON, Brompton Bikes and Made.com. The winners of the 12 categories were then decided via public vote through www.awards.london.
Winners were made up of a wide-mix of new and well-established businesses that span across the whole of London. Kricket, an Indian restaurant based in Brixton’s new community campus, Pop Brixton, won the Best Place to Eat award; The House of St Barnabas, Soho’s 150-year-old progressive charity and not-for-profit members club, took the Social Enterprise of the Year Award; and Yasmine Creations, based in Woodford, won the Best Health, Beauty and Cosmetics Provider award.
Sarah Willingham, BBC Dragon and Head Judge of the Dot London Small Business Awards, commented: “Everywhere around London there’s a richness of enthusiasm coming from small businesses who are working hard to give their customers something different. That ingenuity and drive were what we were looking for from our finalists, and we were given it in spades.”
Emma Hitzelberger, co-founder of Yogarise, Peckham-based independent yoga studio that won the Dot Londoner of the Year award, said: “It’s amazing to be recognised by Londoners, but specifically by the people of Peckham, our home, which has such a wonderful sense of community”.
Presenter, and BBC Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Katie Derham, hosted the ceremony at the newly refurbished IET London on Savoy Place, which was attended by special guests, including the Deputy Mayor of London, Roger Evans.
Each winner will receive £1000, one-to-one mentoring on how to improve their online business presence from sponsors including 123-Reg, GoDaddy, Heart Internet and UK2, and a free Dot London domain name for a year. Winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Julian Baladurage, won an additional prize of a year-long membership to the Federation of Small Businesses.
For more information about the winners and finalists visit www.awards.london.
Full List of Winners of the Dot London Small Business Awards 2015 are:
- Best Independent Groceries Retailer 2015, sponsored by UK2 – Ms. Cupcake (Brixton)
- Best Independent Lifestyle Retailer 2015, sponsored by UK2 – We Built This City (Soho)
- Best Health, Beauty and Cosmetics Provider 2015, sponsored by UK2 – Yasmine Creations (Woodford)
- Independent Cultural Venue of the Year 2015, sponsored by UK2 – ArtsDepot (Barnet)
- Social Enterprise of the Year 2015, sponsored by Heart Internet – The House of St Barnabus (Soho)
- Creative Agency of the Year 2015, sponsored by Heart Internet – Ben Tallon Creative Studio (Greenwich)
- New Business of the Year 2015, sponsored by 123-Reg – Wonderush (City)
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, sponsored by 123-Reg and FSB – Julian Baladurage (Kensington and Chelsea)
- Best Place to Drink 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Little Nan’s (Peckham)
- Best Place to Eat 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Kricket (Brixton)
- Blogger of the Year 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Look Up London (Tower Hamlets)
- Dot Londoner of the Year 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Yogarise (Peckham)