Celebrating London’s fastest-growing businesses at the London Business Awards 2020


Celebrating London’s fastest-growing businesses at the London Business Awards 2020: Credit  Stefanie French

05 March 2020

400 members of London’s international business community gather to celebrate some of the most exciting companies and entrepreneurs in the UK capital

Last night, more than 400 members of London’s international business community gathered at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf for the London Business Awards 2020.

The London Business Awards are a celebration of some of the most exciting companies and entrepreneurs based in the UK capital, showcasing their success stories and highlighting London’s status as a global business community.

With award categories spanning a variety of growth areas, this year’s winners were:
• One To Watch – Spyras
• Disruptor of the Year – Mitt Wearables
• Best London Newcomer – Sitetracker
• Impact Award for Education – VotesForSchools
• Impact Award for Health – Medshr
• Impact Award for Environment (joint winner) – Olio
• Impact Award for Environment (joint winner) – Ocean Bottle
• Startup of the Year – FilmChain
• Scaleup of the Year – Checkout.com
• Paying It Forward – Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

In his speech yesterday, Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business, reiterated that London remains open to business, talent and investment from around the world.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London also said: “My warmest congratulations go to all the winners and nominees. London is a richer, stronger and more vibrant place thanks to their contributions, helping to power our economy, enrich our society and create the prosperity that sustains our communities.”

Laura Citron, CEO London & Partners, London’s international trade, investment and promotion agency added: “It’s an important time to be celebrating London’s business community – its diversity, creativity, ambition, knowledge transfer and warmth. These awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the success of London’s businesses that make London such a global hub for innovation.”

A number of awarded companies are graduates of the Business Growth Programme and the Mayor’s International Business Programme – the accelerator programmes run by London & Partners that provide free support services to help high-growth startups and scaleups expand in the capital, and beyond. Between them, the Business Growth Programme and Mayor’s International Business Programme have supported more than 1500 London-based businesses in the technology, life sciences, creative and urban sectors.

Sponsors of the London Business Awards 2020 included: Canary Wharf Group, London Growth Hub, British Business Bank, Propel, EmpowerRD, Sahaj Software, First Office Hub, Hiver, 360 Virtual Tour & LDN Filmed.

The awards were also supported by corporate partners of the Mayor’s International Business Programme including Collinson, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Taylor Wessing & WSGR.

For more information about the awards, please visit: https://business-awards.london/

For more information about London & Partners’ business support services, please visit: https://business.london/

Notes to editors

Press images available here. Credit: Max Turner, LDN Filmed / Stephanie French

Shortlisted companies by awards category:
One To Watch
Academy of Robotics
Paying It Forward
Andy Ayim – Creator of Angel Investing School
Anne-Marie Imafidon – Co-Founder and CEO of Stemettes
Bayo Adelaja – Founder of Do It Now Now
Frederic Kastner – Co-Founder and Director, Social Innovation of TERN
Michelle Wright – Founder and CEO of Cause4
Impact Award for Health
Skin Analytics
Impact Award for Education
Acorn Aspirations
Impact Award for Environment
Ocean Bottle
Petit Pli
Small Robot Company
Disruptor of the Year
Mitt Wearables
Scaleup of the Year
Startup of the Year
Akoni Hub
Best London Newcomer
Freeda Media

London Business Awards 2020 venue: Canary Wharf Group’s stunning East Wintergarden was happy to host the London Business Awards 2020. East Wintergarden is a contemporary event space situated among the iconic towers of Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf Group has overseen the largest urban regeneration project in Europe and is a fully integrated private real estate company that develops, manages and currently owns approximately 8.5 million sq ft of office space, 1 million sq ft of retail and 327 Built to Rent apartments.

London Business Awards 2020 judging panel:
• Ella Goldner, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Zinc
• Devi Clark, Managing Director, Impact Hub King’s Cross
• Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK & Digital Leaders
• Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East
• Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates
• Mark Martin MBE, Founder, Urban Teacher

About London & Partners:
London & Partners is the international trade, investment and promotion agency for London. Its purpose is to support the Mayor’s priorities by promoting London internationally, as the best city in the world in which to invest, work, study and visit. Its mission is to tell London’s story brilliantly to an international audience. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners. For more information, visit: https://londonandpartners.com

About the Business Growth Programme:
The Business Growth Programme helps London-based startups unlock potential and overcome growth barriers. The free programme offers tailored, impartial advice to businesses looking to develop at different stages of their growth journey. Strategic solutions include mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities across our London network. For more information, visit: https://business.london/business-growth-programme

About the Mayor’s International Business Programme:
The Mayor’s International Business Programme helps ambitious, high-growth scaleups from London’s technology, life sciences, creative and urban sectors to expand their businesses internationally. The free 12-month programme provides world-class support and advice for international business success, including bespoke, on-the-ground support in key global markets. For more information, visit: https://business.london/go-to-grow


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