BBC presenter announced as host for Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards 2009

Closing date for entries – 23 February 2009

LOCAL businesses are being encouraged to shout about their successes by entering the Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards 2009, as a high profile host is announced.

BBC business presenter Declan Curry will host a glittering black-tie awards evening at Shoreditch Town Hall on 28 April.

Declan, host of Working Lunch and former BBC Breakfast correspondent, said: “It is a difficult time for businesses at the moment, but I would encourage Hackney business owners and entrepreneurs to enter. Winning one of these awards will be seen as a mark of excellence."

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

Entries must be submitted by 23 February and will be judged by a high profile panel from the world of business and media, who all have a connection with Hackney.

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

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “Small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurship are at the heart of Hackney’s local economy, and supporting and encouraging these organisations will create more opportunities and inspire entrepreneurs.

“Hackney has always been a great place to do business and that is down to the entrepreneurial spirit of the borough’s local business owners. This is a great chance to showcase their success and reward companies and individuals who have excelled.”

Mayor Pipe added: “I realise businesses are facing more challenges than usual due to the current global economic climate. One of the ways the Council is trying to help is through signing up to a voluntary code of practice to make our contracts more accessible to local small and medium sized companies.”