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Shortlisted entries announced for Mayor of Hackney s Business Awards 2009

The short-listed entries for the Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards 2009 are announced today.

The annual awards, now in their fourth year, are dedicated to recognising and celebrating the excellence and diversity of businesses in the borough.

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “The rest of the judges and I were extremely impressed by the high standard of entries this year. Small and medium sized businesses are at the heart of Hackney’s local economy and these entries prove that entrepreneurship is continuing to succeed despite the difficult global economic climate. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been short-listed.”

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony hosted by BBC Working Lunch presenter Declan Curry at Shoreditch Town Hall on 28 April.

Mayor Pipe was joined on the judging panel by: Sinclair Beecham MBE, co-founder of Pret a Manger and owner of the Hoxton Hotel; Ian King, Deputy Business Editor of The Times and Hackney resident; Yvonne Thompson CBE, one of the founders of Choice FM; and Enzo Testa, Executive Managing Director of newspaper group Archant London, which publishes the Hackney Gazette.

The Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards 2009 shortlist:

Best Young Entrepreneur 2009 (under 30 years old)

Café Oto
Run by husband and wife team Hamish and Keiko Dunbar, Café Oto was set up in 2008 as a vibrant café and arts and music centre in the heart of Dalston.
www.cafeoto.co.uk

BASH Creations
Formed in 2007 with the mandate of bringing sustainable practice to the arts and entertainment industries, BASH boasts a portfolio that includes managing carbon neutral music gigs and green arts events alongside academic climate and biodiversity conferences.
www.bashcreations.com

Best New Business Idea 2009 (14 to 19 years old)

Logan Robertson
Logan’s research into innovative laser graffiti removal technology demonstrates a commitment to making Hackney a cleaner, greener borough.

Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls
Hidden Hackney was set up by a group of six students to provide a tour guide service for the borough, raising awareness of the area’s heritage and inspiring residents and visitors to discover ‘Hidden Hackney’.

Best New Start-Up 2009

Artburst Ltd
Artburst Ltd is a dynamic performing arts company which provides creative educational arts workshops for young people and their families.
www.artburst.co.uk

Café Oto
Run by husband and wife team Hamish and Keiko Dunbar, Café Oto was set up in 2008 as a vibrant café and arts and music centre in the heart of Dalston.
www.cafeoto.co.uk

Best Environmental Practice 2009

Core Landscape
Core Landscape offers ‘on the job’ employment training for people with mental health problems using horticulture to enhance self-esteem, independence and self-sufficiency.
www.corearts.co.uk

JoJu Ltd
JoJu is a solar energy business supplying design and installation of photovoltaic solar energy systems, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
www.joju.co.uk

Ryan Frank
Ryan’s sustainable free-range furniture uses reclaimed materials such as chipboard from redundant office furniture collected from around the UK.
www.ryanfrank.net

The Premises Studio
The Premises Studio is Europe’s first solar powered professional recording studio and rehearsal complex, attracting major international acts, such as Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and Chaka Khan.
www.premisesstudios.com

Best Ethnic Minority Business 2009

Avrupa Newspaper
Avrupa is a weekly broadsheet which provides a vital link between Hackney’s Turkish community and their local area.
www.avrupagazete.com

Invincible Ltd
An urban music and lifestyle business, including a radio station, a television channel and an events company which organises, among other things, the annual Urban Music Awards.
www.invinciblemediagroup.com


The One Event
A full service event management and PR agency which devises, designs and delivers professional, creative events and public relations.
www.theoneevent.com

Best Product Design 2009

Alex Ramsay
Alex is a silversmith specialising in contemporary tableware. She undertakes a variety of work to commission, producing one off pieces for exhibition, and producing her collections using small batch production techniques.
www.alexramsay.co.uk

Mawi Ltd
Mawi designs and produces one-off pieces of costume jewellery with an impressive client list that includes luxury retailers worldwide.
www.mawi.co.uk

Ryan Frank
Ryan’s sustainable free-range furniture uses reclaimed materials such as chipboard from redundant office furniture collected from around the UK.
www.ryanfrank.net

Best Women’s Business 2009

Imtaz Bespoke Tailor
Imtaz Khaliq established her couture tailoring business over 16 years ago, creating exclusive garments for men and women, as well as delivering one-to-one tailoring classes.
www.imtaz.com

Lemon Monkey
Lemon Monkey is an independent fine food store and café in Stoke Newington, set up by two women entrepreneurs to provide a vibrant and convivial approach to food.
www.lemon-monkey.co.uk

Best Social Enterprise 2009

Arcola Theatre
Arcola Theatre is an off-West End theatre in the heart of Dalston which boasts an acclaimed artistic programme alongside an extensive youth and community programme.
www.arcolatheatre.com

Core Landscape
Core Landscape offers ‘on the job’ employment training for people with mental health problems, using horticulture to enhance self-esteem, independence and self-sufficiency.
www.corearts.co.uk

Point Blank
Point Blank is an innovative creative and media training provider engaging with young people through an exciting range of courses.
www.pointblanklondon.com

Best in the Business 2009

Holborn Studios Ltd
This year Holborn Studios celebrates its 30th year as London’s leading photographic studio hire complex. It’s the largest complex of its kind in Europe and has been used by the some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists, including David Bailey and Patrick Litchfield.
www.holborn-studios.co.uk

Seren
Seren is an expanding service design consultancy delivering innovative and exciting projects for a range of global organisations, focussing on outstanding customer experiences.
www.seren.com

YumYum
YumYum is a popular Thai restaurant in Stoke Newington which has won a number of food and drink awards. Its founder is a supporter of the local community, offering workplace visits for local schools as well as mentoring young people.
www.yumyum.co.uk


Find out more about the Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards 2009: www.hackney.gov.uk/mayorsbusinessawards

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