2016 Dragon Award Winners announced!

28 September 2016

Winners of the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards have been announced by the Lord Mayor at a Mansion House ceremony.


The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards acknowledge and celebrate the contribution made by London businesses to meaningful community engagement. The winners have delivered a wide range of initiatives, including opening up their recruitment processes to often overlooked groups, helping charities to develop and scale up, and creating employment opportunities through their supply chains.

Commenting on the Awards, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London Alderman the Lord Mountevans, said: “To this day, the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards continue to showcase best practice in community engagement – recognising and celebrating organisations making an exemplary contribution to London’s communities. Through the Awards, we want others to be inspired to join this tremendous force for good – building more inclusive, resilient and healthy communities. This year’s applicants have galvanised over 21,500 employee volunteers, reaching almost 480,000 Londoners. They have shown a real dedication to engaging with their local communities in a sustained and meaningful way.”

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And the winners are...

Lord Mayor's Award for Longstanding Achievement

For its 10 year commitment to the Poplaw Legal Advice Clinic in Tower Hamlets. Since opening, Poplaw has provided over 10,000 hours of free legal advice to those usually unable to access these services. The estimated saving to the local community is £4.8 million in legal fees.. Find out more here.

Penguin Random House UK
Heart of the City Award for Best New Community Programme

For developing an embedded strategy that commits the business to supporting 7,500 young Londoners through a partnership with Ministry of Stories, 500 children through a reading programme, and increasing the company’s inclusivity by removing the requirement for a university degree from all its jobs. Find out more.

Assael Architecture
Heart of the City Award for Best New Community Programme (SME Winner)

For its Giving Something Back programme. The programme has an impressive 95% staff participation rate, with employees donating 1,560 hours to mentoring architecture students and young people, reviving a derelict playground, and reducing isolation for 28 local elderly and vulnerable individuals. Find out more here.


Liberum Capital
Education and Lifelong Learning Award

For  its partnership with School Home Support. The partnership helps local disadvantaged children and young people to improve their literacy skills, confidence and aspirations by working not only with pupils, but with their parents as well in order to provide a rounded approach. 50 pupils benefit from this programme ever year - many of whom face homelessness, domestic violence and extreme poverty. Find out more here.


Transport for London
Enterprise and Employment Award

For its Supplier Skills scheme, which has made it a requirement for suppliers to create skills and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Londoners as a condition of doing business with TfL. This has created over 4,500 apprenticeships and brought over 5,000 workless Londoners into employment. Find out more here.


Oliver Wyman
Future Proofing Charities Award

For its Social Impact Programme which delivers free consultancy for not-for-profit firms and charities who want to achieve greater social impact.  90% of the charities the company supported stated that it has helped them to achieve long-term impact. Find out more here.


Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
Community Partner Award

For its founding partnership with Lloyd's of London, which now includes 54 companies from across the Lloyd’s market, all of whom volunteer through the programme to support young people in Tower Hamlets to prepare for the world of work. Find out more here.