It’s just two weeks until the glittering presentation of the Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s 2020.
Now in its fifth year, the awards celebrate the people and businesses that make the area special.
Over the past six months, Mayfair Times readers have been nominating those who they feel deserve some recognition.
The nominees have now been shortlisted by our judging panel.
Before guests gather for the big night at Grosvenor House London, our headline sponsors tell us why they’ve chosen to support the awards.
As long-term steward of Mayfair and Belgravia, Grosvenor is seeking to create better streets, greener spaces and enterprising places for communities that are physically and digitally connected.
Keith Bailey (pictured), Grosvenor’s location director for Mayfair, said: “We’re two years into the delivery of our 20 year vision and a successful community is one of our key vision objectives.
“We’re very focused on the community, as we have been for a long time, ensuring that it continues being celebrated and continues to be successful.
“So sponsoring the Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s was a key thing for us to do once again.
“We’ve participated in the awards for a number of years now and there’s a lot of great personalities involved, lots of really great stories.
“It’s a great way to enjoy what is really special about Mayfair.”
Ewan Venters (pictured), CEO of Fortnum & Mason, said: “As a family-owned business, we’ve been the ultimate corner shop for our neighbours in Mayfair and St James’s for more than three centuries, and we are devoted and dedicated to the local area.
“For this reason we are thrilled to support the Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s for the second year running.
“Mayfair and St James’s might be at the centre of a big, international city but because of relationships built up over a long time, it feels like a village.
“So many businesses have existed here for centuries, even just on Jermyn Street, and people know each other because of such a long-established streetscape.
“Our heritage doesn’t simply refer to a passage of time, however. We also all recognise each other for exceptional service, and the parts we each play in making the area the ever-flourishing neighbourhood it is.”
Fortnum’s has stood on the same spot since 1707 and is a focal point for others to meet.
Jyotsna Hegde (pictured), president of Sobha Realty, said: “As part of our global expansion strategy to key gateway cities of the world, we unveiled our first Global Studio last May on Park Lane in the heart of Mayfair.
“Since then we have received an overwhelming response from various stakeholders including our customers, business partners and residents of Mayfair.
“The Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s provide us with the perfect opportunity to support and felicitate the real heroes who make Mayfair and St James’s one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the world.
“Mayfair is home to London’s grandest squares, residents including many famous and influential characters, side streets lined with Michelin starred restaurants, luxury boutiques, prestigious hotels and world-renowned auction houses, making it the most desirable address.
“What makes it interesting for us is the renaissance that this neighbourhood is currently going through, with various world-class residential redevelopment projects, new entrants in art and craftsmanship and the most discerning internationals calling Mayfair home again.
“The perfect fit for a company like ours, which places a premium on the art of detailing.
“Sobha Realty is a multi-national, multi-product group with developments in UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Brunei and India, specialising in luxury real estate.
“We are led by our founder and chairman, PNC Menon.”
A longer version of this article was published in Mayfair Times.