The best businesses in Greenwich have been announced at the first business awards in the borough.

Countdown and Apprentice personality Nick Hewer hosted the first Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards at the Intercontental at the O2 on Friday, January 19.

The Apprentice judge used his professional expertise to host the celebration of the best businesses in the borough.

The winners were picked by judges out of 125 nominations across ten categories.

Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of Greenwich Council, said: "Congratulations to all the winners of the first Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards and thank you to all our sponsors for making it possible. I would also like to thank all those who took time to enter the awards, and everyone who came along to the ceremony.

"We are proud to be home to over 11,000 businesses and the awards were a fitting celebration of this and build on existing support which the Council provides to businesses of all shapes and sizes. I'm already looking forward to next year's event which will be even bigger and better!"

The Independent Retailer award was handed to Ottie and the Bea whilst the Food and Hospitality award was given to Feast.

The full list is here:

Business Start Up award (sponsored by Grant Saw Solicitors) - J7 Security Limited

Innovation (sponsored by NEC) - Inside Out Contracts

Young Entrepreneur (sponsored by McDonald's) - Archery Fit

Sustainability (sponsored by IKEA) - Redurchin

Tourism and Culture (sponsored by MBNA Thames Clippers) - Old Royal Naval College

Independent Retailer (sponsored by Handelsbanken) - Ottie and the Bea

Digital Leadership (sponsored by Russell King Associates) - Bridge Support

Food and Hospitality (sponsored by Drury Tea & Coffee Co) - Feast

Social Enterprise (sponsored by London City Airport) - First Step Trust

Employer of the Year (sponsored by London South East Colleges) - MJ Rooney Construction.

A spokesman for the council said: "Greenwich Council teamed up with South East London Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural awards to highlight the vital role businesses play in providing sustainable growth, celebrate our diverse business sector and show how we work together to support our local community."