Southwark's Business Excellence Awards 2018

New awards celebrate Southwark as a great place to do business

The London borough of Southwark’s first awards to celebrate the area’s 18,000 businesses are open for entries after a sparkling launch at The Shard. Over 140 guests gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, for the opening event (Thursday, 7th February) of the inaugural Southwark Business Excellence Awards in association with Lewisham Southwark College. Business and political leaders speaking at the event, in the spectacular 34th floor Ren Room, urged the borough’s business community to participate in the new, free-to-enter awards programme.

With 16 categories to enter, including Southwark Business of the Year (*full list below), the awards have been designed to suit all types of business, from start-ups and SME’s to large corporates and social enterprises. The new awards, backed by Headline Partner, Lewisham Southwark College, and Awards Partners, Southwark Chamber of Commerce, Southwark Council, and White Label Creative, is sponsored by some of borough’s leading businesses, including British Land, and Grosvenor. The programme is supported by Shangri-La Hotel, Jensen’s Gin and Media Partner, Southwark News. The highlight of the six-month awards programme will be the glittering, black-tie Gala Dinner and Charity Ball awards ceremony for 400 people on 21st June, hosted by a celebrity compere. Speakers on the launch night, including Southwark Chamber Chairman Richard Kalmar, the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Charlie Smith and Southwark Councillor and Cabinet Member for Business Culture and Social Regeneration Johnson Situ, all commended the range and commitment of local businesses, who are vital to the economy of the borough. 

To enter the awards visit

The Southwark Business Excellence Awards 2018 – Categories:

  1. Business of the Year
  2. Entrepreneur of the Year
  3. The SME Excellence Award
  4. Best Business for Customer Service
  5. Independent Retailer of the Year
  6. Business Commitment to Education and Skills
  7. Best Employer
  8. Best New Start-Up
  9. Best Business for Hospitality and Food Excellence
  10. The Award for Excellence in Leisure and Tourism
  11. The Southwark Cultural Commitment Award
  12. Best Charity or Social Enterprise
  13. Best Business for Tech and Innovation
  14. Award for Diversity and Inclusion
  15. Commitment to the Community
  16. Best Woman in Business

Interested in sponsoring or supporting the awards? Please contact: Joanne Horton at or call 020 8726 7968