London Councillor Chris Maines Award Nomination for Olympics Business Stream


Councillor Chris Maines

Councillor Chris Maines

Councillor Chris Maines of Blackheath has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award The award looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level.

Nominated under the Business Driver category, Cllr Maines has made an outstanding contribution supporting local businesses in the Blackheath area. The councillor opened up business opportunities to local traders like Nepalese restaurant Everest Inn at the London 2012 Olympics that may otherwise be unavailable to them. He additionally provided swift support in ensuring that traders affected by the London riots had quick access to government funds without further disruptions.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat said, “Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless, defines a path for the hopeless, and restores faith to influencers. The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the ‘us and them’ and bring people of all statuses together.”

Cllr Maines has a record of raising the concerns of small businesses and entrepreneurs with Lewisham Council, and such proactive thinking makes the councillors an obvious nominee for these awards.

Over 50 high-level government officials have been nominated in 3 categories but there can only be six winners. Join Chris Maines and other government nominees at the Vincent Rooms, Westminster with evening performance led by Euro-Vision Song Contest artist, Imaani.