With the 2024 Southwark Awards approaching, here is our experience of winning the 2021 Business Resilience Award during lockdown.

For SE22 Piano School, winning the 2021 COVID-19 Business Resilience Award sponsored by Lendlease, was validation of their outstanding work to support clients and keep the business going during lockdowns.

Lorraine Liyanage, Head Teacher and founder, said: “Covid had been such a struggle and we had stayed afloat by looking at ways in which we could add more value while kids were at home during lockdown. We are the only business of its kind in the area and we got this award because we offered more than just the lesson.”

During the pandemic the school was able to offer Zoom music lessons and in addition, organised weekly group lessons that were open to all young musicians, not just students. These allowed a meeting place for both teachers and students to perform music for each other.

The winner’s graphic has been placed on the school’s website and social media and there has been a spike in enquiries since the Virtual Awards Ceremony last October and as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

The East Dulwich-based music school is now open for piano, guitar, singing and theory lessons in person, and helps students prepare for the upcoming music scholarships and aptitude tests to local state schools.

Its achievement in the 2021 Southwark Business Resilience Awards was all the more welcome after an initial disappointment in 2019.

“We first entered the awards programme in the year they started but didn’t get anywhere so decided to try again – in business you can’t get put off – and it was a massive surprise that we won.”

We need your vote for the Southwark Business Resilience Awards 2021!

The SE22 Piano School has been nominated for the Covid-19 Business Resilience Award. You can vote for us by clicking on the link here.

Lockdown was a challenging time for our business as we had to shut our premises and move to online lessons with only a few days’ notice. Inevitably we lost some students but have been working hard to rebuild the student roster and we are nearly back up to pre-Covid numbers. We are looking forward to reopening our doors in September for the new school year and hopefully running lots of events such as the Dulwich Music Festival and our termly student recitals.

We are delighted to have made the finals in this category and would really appreciate your vote.