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Nominations open for this year's Mayor of Hackney Business Awards

Residents urged to vote for their favourite place to eat and drink in Hackney

PEOPLE are being invited to nominate their favourite place in the Mayor of Hackney 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 aim to celebrate those contributing to the life and prosperity of the borough.

The categories are: Best Hackney Business; Best Hackney Entrepreneur; Best Creative Business; Hackney Business Charter Award for Best Overall Contribution to the Borough; Best Fairtrade Business; and Outstanding Hackney 100 Employee. 

Voting is now open for the ‘Best Place to Eat and Drink’ category for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ – a new addition to the awards line-up chosen entirely by residents. The 13 shortlisted bars, restaurants or cafes are:

1. Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch High Street
2. The Clapton Hart, Lower Clapton Road
3. Curio Cabal, Kingsland High Street
4. The Diner, Kingsland Road
5. Jackdaw and Star, Homerton High Street
6. The Kenton, Kenton Road
7. Ship of Adventures Café, Hackney Pirates, Kingsland High Street
8. Sodo Pizza Café, Upper Clapton Road
9. Tads, Mare Street
10. Tangerina, Green Lanes
11. Voodoo Rays, Kingsland High Street
12. The Waterhouse Restaurant, Orsman Road
13. Yellow Warbler, Northwold Road 

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, said: “Hackney has a terrific reputation as a borough with a vibrant, growing economy and a huge variety of fantastic businesses, from large international organisations to small local firms that have been serving Hackney people for generations. 

“As a council, we want to nurture our businesses to be as successful as they can be, not only to help grow our local economy, but also to provide vital employment opportunities for residents wanting to forge careers in Hackney and beyond.” 

The winners of all award categories, except for the people’s choice, will be selected by a panel of leading business figures and will be chaired by Mayor Pipe. Nominations for other award categories are:

The Mayor of Hackney Business Award Categories

Best Hackney Business
For a business that is head and shoulders above the rest

Best Hackney Entrepreneur
For the person who best represents the spirit of entrepreneurship in Hackney by creating an innovative new product or service and who inspires others

Best Creative Business
For the business that has demonstrated innovation and creativity

Hackney Business Charter Award for Best Overall Contribution to the Borough
A business that has shown a commitment to employing locally, and invests in the community

Best Fairtrade Business
For the business that uses, manufactures or sells Fairtrade products

Outstanding Hackney 100 Employee
A category for businesses that have participated in the Hackney 100 programme for young people aged 16 to 18

Hackney businesses are encouraged to nominate for the above awards. Voting closes on 29 January and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony next month.