There are ten categories for the 2019 awards and each category will be sponsored, named and presented by a local business.
In addition, there will be a further award selected from the winning categories and presented to the overall winner by the Headline Sponsor, Leader of the Council and Chamber of Commerce.
The 2019 categories are:
Micro to Small Business
This is open to any micro and/or small businesses with up to 49 employees. Applicants should be able to show that they have used creativity and innovation on limited resources to make an impact on the local economy, sustain or grow the business and provide evidence of good business practice and great customer service.
This award is sponsored by Handelsbanken.
Culture and Creative Excellence
This is open to designer makers and organisations working in the creative sector, including cultural or tourism organisations such as museums, galleries or music venues. Applicants should be able to show how their business excels in the creative sector and how use of creative skills and innovation has improved business efficiency or profit or helped sustain the business.
This award is sponsored by The Drury Tea & Coffee Co.
This celebrates organisations that can prove great consideration for the environment. Examples of your work could include the use of green or clean technology to create goods and services in the borough. Applicants should be able to show how successful greener working is having a positive impact on the local environment for example, plastic reduction or protection of scarce resources.
This award is sponsored by IKEA.
Medium to Large Business
This award will be given to an organisation with 50 or more employees that can demonstrate how it has used entrepreneurial skills to achieve a positive influence on the local economy. Applicants should be able to show good business practice, excellent customer service and innovative ways of working to sustain or grow the business.
This award is sponsored by BPTW.
High Street Retailer
This category includes market traders, small independent shops, cafes and larger retailers. Applicants should be able to show how they are helping the high street, town centres and small shopping parades to thrive across the borough. How they provide a quality product or service, good value for money and a great customer experience evidenced by public support. This award is open to public vote.
This award is sponsored by British Land.
This award recognises businesses with a well designed, easy to navigate website, which has driven customer growth and efficiency, and has good integration with social media. Applicants should be able to show how the website is achieving growth through a great online customer experience as well as a clear future digital vision for your organisation.
This award is sponsored by Hindwoods.
This award is for an individual business leader in recognition of their work over a period of time in contributing to the business community and their impact on sustaining and growing the borough's business base. Applicants should be able to show how the nominated individual has had a positive and lasting impact. You must be nominated by someone else for this category.
This award is sponsored by Grant Saw Solicitors.
This celebrates flourishing social enterprises, whether partnerships or cooperatives, that give back to our local community. Applicants should be able to show how they integrate success in running a business with a strong sense of corporate social responsibility, whether this is delivering training and support, providing a local activity or service or tackling a social issue in the community.
This award is sponsored by Greenwich Leisure Limited.
This is open to all businesses, regardless of size or sector, who can show that they care about their workforce and the local people of Greenwich. Applicants should be able to show their commitment to providing apprenticeship opportunities to local people living within the borough and thereby helping to train up the workforce of tomorrow.
This award is sponsored by London South East Colleges.
This is open to business owners aged 30 or under (but aged 18 as a minimum). Applicants should be able to show how they have developed and grown their business idea and used their entrepreneurial skills and fresh thinking to transform that idea into a profitable local business, offering a great customer service.
This award is sponsored by Peabody.