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Last week, 12 London-based businesses were crowned the best in the capital at the inaugural Dot London Small Business Awards, with winners including a vegan bakery, a pop-up cocktail den and a not-for-profit members club.

Presenter and BBC Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Katie Derham, hosted the ceremony which was attended by special guests, including the Deputy Mayor of London, Roger Evans.

The awards were created by Dot Londonto celebrate the success of London’s most outstanding small businesses. The nominees were narrowed down by a panel of judges led by BBC Dragon Sarah Willingham.

Winners were made up of a wide-mix of new and well-established businesses that span across the whole of London. Sarah Willingham, BBC Dragon and head judge of the Dot London Small Business Awards, said: “Everywhere around London there’s a richness of enthusiasm coming from small businesses who are working hard to give their customers something different. That ingenuity and drive was what we were looking for from our finalists, and we were given it in spades.”

Each winner will receive £1000, one-to-one mentoring on how to improve their online business presence from sponsors including 123-Reg, GoDaddy, Heart Internet and UK2, and a free Dot London domain name for a year.  Winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Julian Baladurage, won an additional prize of a year-long membership to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Winners of the Dot London Small Business Awards 2015

Best Independent Groceries Retailer 2015, sponsored by UK2 – Ms. Cupcake (Brixton)

Best Independent Lifestyle Retailer 2015, sponsored by UK2 - We Built This City (Soho)

Best Health, Beauty and Cosmetics Provider 2015, sponsored by UK2 - Yasmine Creations (Woodford)

Independent Cultural Venue of the Year 2015, sponsored by UK2 – ArtsDepot (Barnet)

Social Enterprise of the Year 2015, sponsored by Heart Internet – The House of St Barnabus (Soho) 

Creative Agency of the Year 2015, sponsored by Heart Internet - Ben Tallon Creative Studio (Greenwich)

New Business of the Year 2015, sponsored by 123-Reg – Wonderush (City)

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, sponsored by 123-Reg and FSB - Julian Baladurage (Kensington and Chelsea)

Best Place to Drink 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy - Little Nan’s (Peckham)

Best Place to Eat 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Kricket (Brixton)

Blogger of the Year 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy - Look Up London (Tower Hamlets)

Dot Londoner of the Year 2015, sponsored by GoDaddy – Yogarise (Peckham)


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