A prison restaurant, a family-owned cycle shop and a swimming pool café are among the nominees for the 2014 Lambeth Business Awards.
More than 30 local businesses are shortlisted for the coveted “Lambeth Best of Business” title across six categories.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “The Lambeth Business awards are all about recognising the wonderful and inspirational organisations we have here in Lambeth.
“People feel really passionate about local, independent businesses and this is an opportunity to reward them for all they bring to the community.”
The six categories are Business Gives Back, Best High-growth Business, Best Innovation, Best Start-up, Best Independent Retailer and Best Place to Eat and Drink.
The business winners will be announced at a special celebration in September.
Finalists in Best Independent Retailer and Best Place to Eat and Drink categories have two chances to win – once from the judges and once from the public.
Customers regardless of where they live are encouraged to cast their vote to crown the ‘People’s Choice’ by visiting http://www.lambethbusinessawards.com/vote. Voting closes on the 24th August.
The full list of nominees is;
Business Gives Back
•Beyond the Classroom
•De Ver Cycles Ltd
•The Clink Restaurant
Best High-growth Business
•British Security Technologies
•Contracts IT Consulting
•Payment Card Solutions
•Prosper 4 Group Ltd
•Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District
•Brickwood – Coffee and Bread
•Four Corners Café
•Haus of Hair
Best Independent Retailer
•Charles Carter Hair
•Max and Melia
•The Wine Parlour
Best Place to Eat and Drink
•Brickwood – Coffee and Bread
•I Love Coffee
•The Lido Cafe
•The Walrus Bar and Hostel
What the businesses said;
Francois Boutemy from Simulacra Studio said: “We are delighted to be Shortlisted for a Lambeth Business Award.
“We pride ourselves in being very Lambeth focused and go out of our way to meet and link up with other local businesses and include them with any quote or service we offer our clients.
“Creative businesses are more commonly found in central London, but we’re bringing the big clients south of the river. As a Lambeth high growth business were helping to shape and ripen the local economy.”
Jarmane and Fabian Raad-McAndrew, who run Haus of Hair, said: “We are very honoured to be nominated for our first ever Lambeth Business award. After two challenging years of trading, to have our vision and hard work acknowledged is a true blessing.
“For us the Borough of Lambeth has been instrumental to our success as we feel the borough really supports independent businesses by not allowing multiple chains to dominate the borough’s high streets. We truly see Lambeth as a borough where diversity, culture and innovation are respected and supported.
“We feel truly welcome by the Lambeth community as without them we wouldn’t have a business, this is why we take so much pride in the high street we inhabit. We feel that it is our responsibility not only to provide impeccable customer service but to also ensure our business is aesthetically pleasing thus lifting the area and creating a buzz of regeneration.”
Amma Mensah, Director of Beyond the Classroom, “It is a massive honour to be shortlisted in the most hotly contested category of the 2014 Lambeth Business Awards. Lambeth shows great promise in its commitment to social enterprise and youth & community empowerment, so we are proud to be a part of this enterprising community. We work with young people across London, supporting them to reach their full potential. Our work is challenging, but extremely rewarding! So to be recognised for our endeavours, really does make all the hard work feel much lighter – thank you!”