Businesses invited to exclusive 2019 Southwark Awards launch at The Shard

The 2019 Southwark Business Excellence Awards will launch at a prestigious reception in the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard on Thursday, 24th January.

Building on the huge success of the inaugural awards year, the second annual programme promises to be even bigger and better, with a number of new entry categories to appeal to a wide range of businesses across the borough.

Business people are now invited to register their interest in attending the Invitation Only launch to hear full details of the 2019 awards categories – including the premier prize, the Southwark Business of the Year.

There will be inspirational speeches from the 2018 winners, as well as political and business leaders, along with more information on the glittering, black-tie Gala Dinner & Charity Ball awards ceremony for 450 people next June.

Welcoming news of the launch, Awards Partners, Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Southwark Council said the awards recognised the vibrancy and ambition of the large local business community.

Peter Mantell, Chairman of Southwark Chamber of Commerce, said: “Last year the launch of the Southwark Business Awards set a benchmark which was truly inspirational; this year our aim is to build on that success.

It is clear to me that every business which participated last year, regardless of how far they progressed, benefitted from the experience and I encourage everyone to consider entering in 2019.”Councillor Kieron Williams, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills & Innovation at Southwark Council, said: “Across the borough, businesses of all sizes play a vital role in our communities, providing essential services, nurturing new ideas and technologies, and attracting people to Southwark, with their great and diverse appeal. I look forward to recognising the contribution of our fantastic businesses, at the Southwark Business Awards 2019.”

Designed to celebrate the successes and achievements of Southwark’s vast and thriving business community, the prestigious awards are free to enter and are open to companies of all sizes and across all enterprise sectors in the borough.

Independent restaurant Spinach was crowned Southwark’s Business of the Year at the first awards ceremony attended by 450 guests at the Hilton Bankside Hotel on June 21 this year. Hosted by financial journalist Sally Bundock, the sold-out event was the climax of the inaugural programme.

The Southwark Business Excellence Awards aim to recognise and reward the wide range of firms based in the borough, which stretches from Southbank to London Bridge and Surrey Docks in the east, and to Bermondsey, Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich in the south. The area is home to 18,000 businesses, including major international companies and community businesses. It also boasts world class entertainment and arts venues as well as some of the best eating establishments in the city.

The Southwark Business Excellence Awards are sponsored by London Borough of Southwark, Southwark Chamber of Commerce, British Land, Landsec and UAL: London College of Communication,and supported by Shangri-La At The Shard.