London's next green business gurus unveiled by Greg Barker

An inner-city farm which uses fish to grow herbs and salads, a comfort-food café franchise run by nanas, and a shop teaching you how to fix your gadgets are amongst a group of businesses selected as this year’s London Leaders.

The ten new Leaders have been announced by Greg Barker MP, the newly appointed Chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, the body which advises Mayor of London Boris Johnson on sustainability issues in the capital.

Now in its seventh year the London Leaders programme identifies and nurtures some of the capital’s most exciting and innovative new leaders in sustainable business and communities.

This year there is a strong focus on the contribution of green entrepreneurs to the London economy and the city’s quality of life.

Greg Barker hoped this year’s Leaders would inspire Londoners to see the real commercial potential of green businesses.

He said: “The new London Leaders are an impressive group of bright-minded, entrepreneurial talent. Not only can these businesses thrive in their own right but they will act as a catalyst to others who want to conduct business in a sustainable way.

“The city is already a global centre for green business and the LSDC will take a lead role in ensuring that the capital’s green economy goes from strength to strength.”

The announcement of the new London Leaders coincides with the release of the LSDC’s new ‘Green Means Business’ report.

The report highlights why London is such a good place for green entrepreneurs to base themselves and recommends a growth ambition for the green sector in London of 9 per cent a year, which would create annual sales in the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services sector of over £69bn by 2025.

The capital’s green economy already generates around £28bn a year, with some 9,000 businesses employing approximately 160,000 people and is currently forecast to grow at a rate of 6 per cent per annum.

Business leader and LSDC Deputy Chair, Paul Turner, said: “By setting this new aspiration I believe we will inspire organisations and individuals to step forward and create the businesses and services we will need in the 21st century to meet the environmental challenges we will face, while remaining a competitive force on the global scale.”

To download the full Green Means Business report click here:

This year’s new London Leaders in include:

Kate Hofman, GrowUp

Urban farms growing sustainable and healthy salads, herbs and fish in cities using aquaponics and vertical growing systems.

Katie Harris, NANA Café

A comfort food café hosted by lovely older ladies from the local area.

Ugo Vallauri, Restart Project

A social enterprise that teaches and repairs electronic goods to promote reuse.

Ed Hewitt, World in London

A app ‘passport’ curating the best experiences from each nationality in London.

Ilana Taub, Snact

Making healthy snacks from fruit and vegetable surplus, as a way to tackle food waste and create employment opportunities.

Richard Driffield, Play Streets

Supporting residents across London to activate play and social interaction on their streets.

Indie Shergill, Rootless Garden

An initiative to design activities inspired by nature to encourage physical and mental wellbeing through creative social opportunities for older people.

Hilary Vick, Nappy Ever After

An initiative to encourage a move away from the waste issue of disposable nappies to real ones.

Alexander Lushnikov, Chainy

A platform that connects skills with need to help small businesses and artists grow.

For more information on the London Sustainable Development Commission please visit their website or follow on Twitter @LondonSDC

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Notes to Editors


  • The London Leaders Programme was set up by the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) and launched in October 2007. The programme brings together some of the most exciting and innovative new leaders in sustainable business and communities supporting them to demonstrate sustainability in action and the contribution of green entrepreneurs to the London economy and the city’s quality of life.


  • The LSDC was appointed in 2002 to promote sustainable development in London and advise on the sustainability of city-wide strategies. Further information on the work of the Commission can be found here: 


  • Previous Leaders include Wayne Hemingway MBE, whose 'pop up shop' project provided free retail space for new London businesses; Steven Dring, who runs a new urban farm 33 meters below Clapham in disused WWII tunnel space, Dr Ben Todd who created a new ultra-low carbon theatre; and Lotti Henley, 88, who aims to cut food waste in the capital via an interactive map.