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Second awards to be launched as last year’s winner expands her family and her business!

Baby Robyn is the icing on the Christmas cake at the end a brilliant 2018 for Southwark Business of the Year winner Melissa Harwood.

The young entrepreneur was pregnant with Robyn when her East Dulwich restaurant Spinach took the top prize at the first ever Southwark Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner and Charity Ball last June.

But her 2018 success story didn’t finish there.

Robyn arrived in September to keep the young entrepreneur on her toes.

Now she’s busy preparing for her second ‘baby’ – the opening of new restaurant, Baby Spinach, this month.

Melissa, 32, had only opened her first restaurant on Lordship Lane, 18 months before she picked up the Best Food and Hospitality Award at the glitzy business awards ceremony in the Hilton London Bankside.

But she was totally “stunned” when Spinach went on to win the night’s premier prize.

“It was so lovely to win and a huge surprise! I mean we were this tiny little business up against The Shard – we thought we had no chance,” she said.

The Awards judges praised Spinach’s excellent customer service and “overwhelming sense of community spirit.

Despite being so busy with two new “babies” Melissa says she will still find time to apply to the 2019 Southwark Business Excellence Awards.

“I would encourage all businesses to enter – it’s so good for the community and a morale booster for staff,” said Melissa.

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

For general inquiries about the awards, contact: or call 0208 726 7968.


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