Best friends nominated for local business award

PUBLISHED: 16:56 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:56 15 March 2016

Jane Elsden and Veronica Kelly  at Emporium

Jane Elsden and Veronica Kelly at Emporium

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Emporium boutique in Bexleyheath is one of 60 candidates

A best-friend team behind a successful Bexleyheath shop has been nominated for a Bexley Business Excellence Award.

Jane Elsden and Veronica Kelly, who run the Emporium boutique, have been nominated in the independent retailer of the year category.

60 entrants have been shortlisted for this year’s award, which also includes two other nominees from the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme, along with the McDonald’s at the centre were both nominated.

Ms Elsden, from Etham, said: “It’s been such an incredible journey over the last three years.

“We’ve gone from not even knowing if we’d have enough stock to fill a pop-up unit, to opening the shop, expanding into the bigger space, and now introducing our new clothing range.

“It’s just gone from strength to strength. We have a loyal customer base which is growing all the time.”

Competing in the category alongside Emporium will be A1 See-Cure, Cutting Edge Brides, Serene Indulgence and Starshine Drycleaners.

Peter Sedge, manager at Broadway Shopping Centre said: “It has been wonderful to see Emporium grow over the last three years.

“These awards are a great way to recognise success in local business. We are delighted for all those who have been shortlisted, and wish them the very best of luck.”

Each shortlisted company now has to submit a second round application form before a round of judging interviews in April.

The 13 category winners and the overall Business of the Year title will be presented at a an awards dinner at the Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel on June 9.

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