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Dot London Small Business Awards Shortlist Revealed

London-based small businesses in-line for accolades following public vote


Judges for the inaugural Dot London Small Business Awards, headed by entrepreneur and BBC ‘Dragon’ Sarah Willingham, have narrowed down a list of hundreds of entries to cover the competition’s 12 categories. It is now down to the general public to visit and decide which London-based small businesses will be crowned Dot London Small Business Awards 2015 winners – voting opens at 5pm on 17th November and closes at 5pm 8th January 2016.

The Awards aim to recognise a range of industries through the 12 categories, from Best Places to Eat and Drink, to Creative Agency of the Year and Best Social Enterprise. The winners of each category will receive a boost of £1,000, one-to-one mentorship on how to improve their online business presence from category sponsors, such as 123-Reg, GoDaddy, Heart Internet and UK2, and a free Dot London domain name for a year*. There is an additional prize for the winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award of a year-long membership to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Joining Sarah Willingham on the judging panel are the leading business minds behind some of London’s most successful brands including health-led fast-food chain, LEON; folding bicycles pioneers, Brompton Bikes; online designer furniture retailers,; craft beer brewers, Meantime Brewery; and fashion and gift retailer, Oliver Bonas.

Sarah Willingham, Head Judge of the Dot London Small Business Awards, said: “The judges and I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the entries for the Awards. The ingenuity of these London-based small businesses, their drive and ambition to succeed, has been inspirational. It was really tough for us to choose our shortlists. I’m very excited to see who the public will choose as their 12 worthy winners.”

Amongst the categories is the Dot Londoner of the Year award which, unlike the others, is only open to businesses with a Dot London web address. The six finalists in this special category are: Birdsong, social enterprise and online fashion outlet selling hand-made clothes and accessories; DrinkUp.London, festival organisers and listings website for the capital’s best bars; I AM A, British stationery gifts company; Ma Baker, micro bakery and tutor; MyPie, street food vendor; and YogaRise, Peckham based yoga studio.

Dan Hill, Head of Dot London, said: “Through the Dot London Small Business Awards we are aiming to recognise the entrepreneurs and independent businesses who have successfully brought innovative ideas to London’s business community, ensuring that the capital continues to be recognised as a global centre for talent, skills and business acumen. We’re very proud that Dot London can pay tribute to the growing small business sector through these Awards.”

According to recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)**, London has the highest concentration of small businesses in the UK with over 436,210 small businesses registered in London in 2015, 43,600 more than the previous year, making up a staggering 98 percent of all companies registered in the capital.

Since its launch last year, a number of leading London icons and businesses are now using Dot London web addresses, including visitor attractions, ZSL London Zoo and Museum of London; the newest edition to the city’s skyline, Sky Garden; and Europe’s leading venue for meetings and exhibitions, ExCeL London.

The public voting will close at 5pm on 8th January 2016 and the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 21st January. For more information about the Dot London Small Business Awards and to vote visit

Here is the full shortlist for the Dot London Small Business Awards:

Best Place to Eat:

Khamsa, Brixton
Jackdaw, Hackney
Gourmet Goat, South Bank
Kricket, Brixton
Laffa street food
Bobo Social, Charlotte Street

Best Place to Drink:

Yellow Warbler, Stoke Newington
Crate Brewery, Hackney
Vagabond, Holloway
Stags Head, Hoxton
Little Nan’s Bar, Peckham
Luna Lounge, Leytonstone

Best Independent Lifestyle Retailer:

Sporting Feet, Putney
We Built this City, Carnaby Street
Gormley & Gamble, Saville Row
Drink Shop and Do, King’s Cross
Crafty Arts, Romford
Nadia Minkoff London, Barnet

Best Independent Grocer Retailer:

Cannon & Cannon, London Bridge
Craved, Spitalfields
Ms. Cupcake, Brixton
London Deli Co.
Wildes Cheese, Tottenham
Ma Baker, Fulham

Best Health, Beauty and Cosmetics Provider:

London Grace
The Fitting Room
Stuart Phillips
Yasmine Creations

Blogger of the Year:

Little Known Film
5 Things to do today
Ms Marmite Lover
Look Up London
30 Dates
South London Blog

Independent Cultural Venue of the Year:

arebyte, Hackney
ArtsDepot, North Finchley
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Wandsworth
Matthews Yard, Croydon
St John’s Square, Westminster
The Cockpit, Marylebone

New Business of the Year:

3 Kinds of Ice
Drink Up

Young Entrepeneur of the Year:

Gojimo – George Burgess
MBJ – Julian Baladurage
Papi’s Pickles – Abi Ramanan
SOPOST – Jonathan Grubin
SUPA Academy – Bejay Mulenga
Young Founders/Edge Mobile – Kit Logan

Social Enterprise of the Year:

Old Spike Roastery
House of St. Barnabas
Papi’s Pickles

Creative Agency of the Year

Ben Tallon Creative
Chaos Design
PB Creative
The London Fashion Agency
Enter the Wilderness
Dreadnought Media

Dot Londoner of the Year:

Ma Baker


* Subject to availability
** The sources are the 2015 ONS paper “UK Business: Activity, Size and Location