Nearly 700,000 people have benefitted because of the efforts and contribution of some of the capital’s most charitable businesses. The firms were honoured at last week’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards.

The annual awards, run by the City of London Corporation and hosted at The Mansion House, revealed that this year’s applicants supported nearly 700,000 Londoners, created over 13,000 jobs and invested over £10 million in their communities and local enterprises. The firms mobilised 5,880 business volunteers who gave over 190,000 hours benefitting communities, charities and local enterprises across London.

The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, now celebrating its 30th year, recognises responsible businesses of all sizes and sectors, which go above and beyond their normal work to address social issues across London and the UK.

I had the honour to join the award ceremony this year. It was great to hear inspirational stories from Arsenal FC, chosen for its programme across Islington, Camden and Hackney, where coaches work with over 5,000 people across 150 venues each week, to Bromley by Bow Centre for its partnership with Investec – a major business based in the Ward of Cheap.

The Bromley by Bow Centre works with Investec to empower people living in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities to create sustainable, profit making businesses – creating jobs, supporting the community and benefitting the environment. As a result of the partnership, 250 jobs have been created in East London from 44 social enterprises with a combined turnover of £2.3 million, with more than half BME or woman led.

For more information on the winner see

Dragon Awards.jpg

2017 Dragon Award winners

New Lord Mayor promotes “business of trust” as key priority

As it happens last week the City of London also elected its 690th Lord Mayor Charles Bowman, who will succeed the current Lord Mayor Dr Andrew Parmley, taking office after the so-called Silent Ceremony on 10 November.

Charles Bowman’s priority will be the “business of trust”, encouraging firms in the City to connect with their community: “The City of London is a national asset for the UK, accounting for billions of pounds in revenue and taxes and creating millions of jobs across the UK. It is also a unique, cultural and diverse institution and it will be an honour to become the 690th Lord Mayor.”

“During my mayoralty I will champion a Brexit that works for City firms and communities and I will be speaking to government regularly to ensure this happens. We are clear that we want to see mutual access to EU markets continues, ensure early agreement on a transitional deal and make sure we continue to allow the brightest and best to find jobs in the UK.”, the 690th Lord Mayor said.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.