by Olivia Meekins

The inaugural LCCI SME Business Awards in February celebrated the best of London’s small business community. Attended by over 300 guests, the black tie awards at the Park Plaza London Riverbank hotel showcased the innovation, talent and dedication to be found among small businesses across the capital.

London’s small business community has remained resilient in the face of economic and operational challenges in recent years and these awards are a testament to their achievements and an ideal opportunity to celebrate success.
Firms of up to 250 employees were invited to enter 21 different categories ranging from best entrepreneur to best young business leader, women of the year and best family business, with the chance of winning either the gold or silver in their chosen category and the potential to be crowned as overall winner of the SME London Business Awards.

Red-carpet treatment
Guests enjoyed the red carpet treatment with a flowing drinks reception, a three-course meal and surprise entertainment from a Singing Waiter and Chef Duo from Encore Entertainment before the awards ceremony commenced, hosted by TV presenter and sports reporter James Green.

LCCI chair Julia-Onslow Cole and director of membership and events Liz Henderson opened the proceedings remarking on the exceptional talent of the finalists and the intrinsic contribution SMEs bring to London, making it the best city in the world in which to do business.

The atmosphere in the room was electric as the winners were announced across all 21 categories. For the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners see Winners & Finalists 2024 | Events & PR –
Recorra, commercial waste management company, took home the overall winner of the SME London Business Awards while Jarell Bempong, founder of Bempong Talking Therapy, came away with the Business Person of the Year award. He is known to work tirelessly to help transform workplace environments to promote mental well-being and celebrate diversity. Bempong said that securing the title was not just an accolade. “It’s a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation.” See Jarell Bempong’s article on page 52.

Alongside 17 other winners from across the categories, they will now proceed to the national finals at Wembley in December with the chance of being crowned as Britain’s best small business.

Olivia Meekins is digital and social media manager at LCCI


LCCI SME Business Awards

Headline sponsors
SSE Energy Solutions and South Western Railway

Oxford Business College, Zipcar and Menzies LLP

Barnes Roffe LLP, Birketts LLP, City of London Corporation, Lenovo, London & Partners and Lubbock Fine

CRASH – money was raised at the event for their vital work to construct places that care for people who are homeless and children and adults in need of hospice care.

The Awards will return in 2025. An announcement on how to apply will appear in London Business Matters