Are you a great City business doing good things in your community – then enter The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards, which celebrates its 30th year, rewarding excellence in community engagement.
There are two new awards this year; The Innovation Award and the Regional Impact Award. These Awards are recognition by both the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation that London businesses are finding new ways of achieving impact for the benefit of the community and are an asset, not only to the capital but to communities across the UK.
The Innovation Award is for companies developing new ways to benefit Greater London communities, by addressing an issue rarely supported by business, challenging the way businesses think about an issue or pioneering new ways to achieve impact.
The Regional Impact Award is for Greater London headquartered businesses that are strengthening regional communities through initiatives that both respond to local need and tie in to a strong overall community engagement strategy.
Check out the full list of the 30th anniversary categories. The Awards are now open for applications until 5pm, Monday 24 April 2017, so start gathering your impact statistics, inspirational quotes and endorsements. Now is the time to celebrate your impact.
The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards are designed to recognise and reward businesses that display excellence in their approach to community engagement - addressing social issues using their influence and resources, and inspiring others to engage by showcasing examples of best practice, collaboration and innovation. Judged by the Lord Mayor and a panel of respected professionals, the Awards are a unique opportunity to showcase your London focused community programmes with clients, internal stakeholders, competitors and suppliers.
Applications are welcome from business and community groups of all sizes. Tailored feedback will be provided on all applications, providing expert advice on their programmes in preparation for future Award schemes. Plus, the icing on the cake is an invitation to the annual celebration dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor at Mansion House, providing a unique networking opportunity for all applicants.
How to get started
Aspiring applicants can prepare for the Awards in the following ways:
- Make sure you are eligible to apply by viewing the support and guidance pages that includes everything you need to know
- Take a look at the full list of revamped categories
- Be inspired by previous winners
How you can get help
There is plenty of help on hand. The Dragon Awards team will be hosting a series of webinars that will include tips and all the guidance you will need. They will also be providing 1:1 support through drop in sessions that you can register for below (click on the links below for available times):
If your organisation applied for an Award in 2016 and was unsuccessful, you can get in touch for a reminder of judges' feedback.