Hackney business award winners

Seven companies pick up accolades at the Mayor of Hackney's Business Awards 2014

SEVEN Hackney companies have been honoured at this year’s Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards

With over 9,000 businesses – from market traders to international creative design and manufacturing agencies – Hackney is home to a vast array of entrepreneurial talent. 

The awards, which took place on 20 March at BL_NK in Shoreditch, were judged by a panel of business people.

The People’s Choice award, voted for by the public, attracted nearly 1,600 votes. 90 Main Yard, a multi-purpose creative workspace, restaurant and innovation centre in Hackney Wick, won the coveted title by 600 votes. 

Remi Landez, co-founder of 90 Main Yard, said: “This is fantastic. Thank you to all of our customers.” 

Best Hackney Entrepreneur was won by Victoria Park Children’s Bookshop. Proprietor Jo de Guia said: “We pride ourselves in being a business embedded in the local community.”

Winner of the Best Hackney Creative Business was Pearson Lloyd, a Shoreditch-based industrial design and innovation company. The Best Sustainable Business was judged to be mental health arts charity, Core Arts, based in Homerton. 

The award for the Best Business Contribution went to digital creative agency, Poke, in Shoreditch. Tom Hostler said: “We are very proud of the Tech City apprentices we have through Hackney Community College. They give us a youthful perspective and a genuine competitive advantage.”

Best Hackney Business went to Optimity, a wireless internet network providers in Shoreditch.

And the Judges’ Special Commendation went to Cave of Plunder, a new milkshake parlour, cafe and gift shop, near Clapton Pond. 

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, said: “These awards represent the vast diversity of businesses in the borough. From internationally renowned creative and design agencies to art galleries; from child care businesses to firms arranging holidays for disabled people; from stunning new restaurants to community minded cafes; and of course the tech sector from new apps to multi-national digital enterprises. Hackney has it all.”

The Mayor went on to thank the judging panel: Iqbal Waheeb OBE, Kanya King MBE, Caren Downie and Eric van der Kleij.