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All Southwark businesses invited to FREE awards launch this week at The Shard’s Shangri-La

The first Southwark Business Awards will be launched this week with a luxury reception at The Shard’s Shangri-La Hotel and all local businesses can attend.

Taking place this Wednesday February 7th, business have only days left to get a ticket for this exclusive free event at the Shangri-La, where they will have the chance to find out more.

Despite being home to 18,000 businesses, including major international companies, world class entertainment and arts venues as well as some of the best eating establishments in the city the borough has not had a business awards until now.

The prestigious awards are FREE to enter and are open to all types and sizes of enterprise.

Guests at the Invitation Only launch event will hear details of the various awards categories, including the premier award, Southwark Business of the Year. They will also learn about the highlight of the programme, the glittering, black-tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony for 400 people on 21st June, hosted by a celebrity compere.

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, Grosvenor, and Sellar.  The programme is also supported by The Shangri-La Hotel, Jensen’s Gin and Media Partner, Southwark News.

Looking forward to the launch event, Richard Kalmar, Chair of Southwark Chamber said: “The launch of the Southwark Business Excellence Awards at The Shard offers businesses in the borough a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements.  Our rich and diverse business community and intensive regeneration programme has made Southwark synonymous with growth and development.  These Awards will promote the area’s many business success stories, highlight the entrepreneurs who bring prosperity here and market Southwark as a world class place to do business.”

Carole Kitching, Principal of Headline Partner Lewisham Southwark College, commented: “As one of the top performing colleges in London we are delighted to be sponsoring the recognition of excellence in businesses across Southwark. We work with many individuals and businesses within Southwark, and we’re excited to meet and celebrate with the nominees and winners.”

Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Regeneration, at Southwark Council, added: “Southwark Council values the hugely important role that businesses play in our borough, stimulating our economy and generating jobs and opportunities for local people. We are pleased to support these awards, which will recognise and applaud some of our shining stars, and I am looking forward to meeting lots of successful Southwark businesses at the launch event, which will get the new awards programme underway.”

Attendance at the exclusive launch party is free but by Invitation Only. To request an invite to the event next Wednesday February 7, from 6pm to 7.30pm email:

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