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A capital year of achievement celebrated at London First awards

Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence, Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, and the Night Tube among the winners

The seventh annual London First awards have celebrated achievements in skills and employment, transport, healthcare and business leadership across the capital.

Winners include Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence for providing training and employment routes into the 17,000 new jobs created at Battersea Power Station; Barts Health NHS Trust and the Royal London Hospital for their work as one of the UK’s largest children’s hospitals; TfL for a hugely successful first year of the Night Tube; and UK Power Networks for electrifying London’s buses and helping to improve the capital’s air quality.

The evening’s ‘Champion for London’ award went to Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, for his work promoting the capital as a world-leading business hub and representing thousands of digital innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and experts.

Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First, said: “London is a hugely successful global city, attracting talented people, investment and visitors from around the world. But we have to work hard to keep our capital the top of the global charts and delivering for the whole of the UK. These awards give us a chance to celebrate those with a vision for London’s future, helping to enrich our capital, creating growth and keeping London the best city in the world to do business.”

Hundreds of London’s leading figures gathered at One Marylebone for the London First awards. The awards were voted for by London First’s members, across professional and financial services, construction and property, infrastructure, retail, hospitality and technology and telecoms.

The full list of the 2018 London First award winners is:

Keep London Moving award, sponsored by Jacobs

  • Awarded to UK Power Networks

For electrifying London buses and helping to improve the air quality in the capital.

Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence award, sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

  • Awarded to the Night Tube

For its impact in transforming the safety, experience and access to the 24-hour economy and for those working in the night-time economy across the city.

Improvement to Londoner’s Quality of Life, sponsored by UK Power Networks

  • Awarded to Barts and the Royal London Hospital

For providing London with a leading paediatric service within a dedicated Women and Children’s unit, as well as a new district general hospital with specialist tertiary care services.

Skills London Award, sponsored by Barratt London

  • Awarded to Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence

For the training and matching of local people for the 17,000 employment and training opportunities being created throughout the shops, offices and restaurants moving into Battersea Power Station.

Champion for London, sponsored by Kier

  • Awarded to Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates

For his energy and enthusiasm in promoting London’s tech sector in the UK and beyond, and in championing the sector’s needs to government.

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