Lambeth bags award for supporting startups

Lambeth has been crowned joint winner for Best Programme of Support for Small Businesses at the annual Small Business Friendly Awards, alongside Sutton.

The awards ceremony, now in its fourth year, took place on Thursday March 30 at the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Holborn. It seeks to recognise the work done by London boroughs which helps to nurture and grow local small businesses.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for business, culture and regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic recognition of the work we’ve done to support small businesses in Lambeth.”


Left to right Cllr Jack Hopkins and Small Business & Enterprise Officer Nathan Vasey 

Lambeth was praised for its Lambeth Works programme, which seeks to provide affordable workspace for startups and small businesses in the area. Plans include generating 140,000 square foot of workspace within in the next five years.

The programme has already seen successful ventures like Pop Brixton, once disused land, being turned into a creative space for startups in retail, food, social enterprise and design.

The council’s initiative also strives to prevent workspace losses in the Lambeth borough.

Cllr Jack Hopkins said: “We have improved the look and feel of our high streets and encouraged business friendly council planning and licensing policies…There has never been a better time to start or run a small business in this borough.”

Other winners in the South-West London area included Wandsworth borough for Best all-round business friendly borough award and Merton borough for the Best small business friendly procurement to support local trade award.


Lighting Up Brixton

Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Seleha Jaffer is on tour around the borough switching on local Christmas Lights. Team Vox caught up with her in #Brixton where she was helped by local hero Levi Roots.

The event in Brixton on Friday 2nd December 2016 was organised by Brixton Bid and sponsored by local department store Morleys and MacDonalds.

Reporter @SharraeNewell spoke to apprentice and Project Assistant Reece Swimwogere about his part in co-ordinating the switch on.

Local school children from Copris Christi Choir and Majestic Brass provide the Christmas music before the switch on of the light on the Christmas Tree in Tunstall Road.

Our reporter Adebayo Adeaga spoke to Mayor Jaffer about what the event means to her and she gave a Christmas message to Lambeth about community harmony.

Just before the big switch on local hero Levi Roots joined the festivities. After a warm welcome from locals, @SharraeNewell spoke to him about the sense of community spirt in #Brixton