Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vying for Honours: London's Business Stars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vying for Honours: London's Business Stars

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Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor

THE country's political landscape might have imploded over the past year but the capital's corporations have risen above the Westminster tumult.

In devising the shortlist for this year's awards, it quickly became clear that London's businesses are still investing and innovating.

Our team of specialist correspondents debated long and hard over the firms which are making valuable advances: from improving diversity, innovating with technology and transforming their industries.

We also launch our new social enterprise category, shortlisted in conjunction with Social Enterprise UK, celebrating conscientious businesses.

Over the next two months we'll be taking a closer look at the nominees in each category. Our expert judging panel of chief executives will soon assemble to pick the winners. Here are the rivals vying to pick up the gongs in June.

repairs service by young ex-offenders Diversity VC Championing inclusion in venture capital and entrepreneurship Goldfinger Factory Sustainable furniture design training unemployed Media Company of the Year S4 Capital For rapid fundraise by Sir Martin Sorrell ITV A plethora of hits including Love Island DAZN Rocketing user growth for sports streamer The & Partnership Enjoyed a boom while the rest of the ad industry struggles Global Radio For LBC leading Brexit debate DNEG Oscar-winning visual effects hits including Black Panther Financial Services Company of the Year AJ Bell Successful float Peel Hunt Busy broker in tough market Hiscox Joining FTSE 100 Direct Line Strong growth Ashmore Shares reaching record high ASA International Supporting female entrepreneurs in Africa Consumer Business of the Year Whitbread For Coca-Cola deal Greggs Profit growth and introducing the world to vegan sausage rolls Ocado For landing big deals Sosandar Fashion brand of the moment Cakebox For tapping into growing market with egg-free cakes Co-op For strong turnaround Tech Company of the Year Graphcore Computer chipmaker Muzmatch Muslim dating app Oxbotica Driverless car software PensionBee Online pension specialist Twitter Social media platform Keyword Studios Video game services Business of the Year Ocado Meteoric shares rise Drax Green energy expansion 3i Impressive investor returns GSK Blockbuster deal-making Greggs For profit growth BDO Speaking out on industry breakup, Moore Stephens merger Business Leader of the Year Emma Walmsley, GSK Responsible for blockbuster deals Kate Swann, former SSP chief Consistent investor returns Tim Steiner, Ocado For a series of big deals, including a tie-up with M&S Alison Brittain, Whitbread For Coca-Cola deal price Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Driving a strong turnaround Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur For new stadium ES BUSINESS 2019 SHORTLIST SME and Start-Up of the Year Apex Airspace Tackling housing crisis by building on rooftops Birdie Elderly care app Looks Like Me Talent agency for under-represented groups PubLove Breathing life into London pubs SliderCuts Barber to the stars Zebra Fuel Brings petrol and diesel to you in a van Social Enterprise Company of the Year Birdsong Ethical fashion Black Ballad Lifestyle platform to promote black women Blubel High-tech bike bells Cracked It Smartphone. …

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