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Best of Bexley businesses turn out for glittering black-tie awards evening, read the list of winners here

PUBLISHED: 16:17 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 23 June 2017

Business of the year Handy AV�s Lyndsay Helt & Aubrey Wright (CEO) and Jon Satinet of Ocado, who were headline sponsors.

Business of the year Handy AV�s Lyndsay Helt & Aubrey Wright (CEO) and Jon Satinet of Ocado, who were headline sponsors.

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Hundreds turned out to the event

The full list of winners and commendations:

Business of the year 2017

Winner: Handy AV

Business commitment to the community

Winner - ITRM Ltd

Highly commended - Bexleyheath BID

Commended - McDonalds Restaurant Sidcup

Best business for outstanding customer service

Winner - Maid on a Mission

Highly commended - Serene Indulgence

Commended - babyballet DBB Ltd and Holiday Inn London Bexley

Best young entrepreneur

Winner - Kayleigh Kanat, Serene Indulgence

Highly commended - Jennifer Lam & Jennifer Hoang, Stitch & Story

Commended - Billy Collins, Taking the Pixels

Best start up business

Winner - Hello Burger

Highly commended - Sirman & Lee Ltd

Commended - Taking the Pixels

Best business for food, leisure & hospitality

Winner - Crayford Greyhound Track

Highly commended - Hello Burger

Commended - Ferrari’s

Independent retailer of the year

Winner - Serene Indulgence

Highly commended - Flutterbyes

Commended - Mrs Bouquet

Best small business

Winner - babyballet DBB Ltd

Highly commended - Hello Burger

Commended - Barge Group Ltd

Apprentice employer of the year

Winner - Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery

Highly commended - Plum Innovations Ltd

Commended - London Hire Ltd

Best charity or social enterprise

Winner - Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Highly commended - Bridge Mental Health

Commended - Re-Instate

Best business for employee training & development

Winner - Playle & Partners LLP

Highly commended - Edward Bond Wealth Management

Commended - New Horizons Systems Ltd

Made in Bexley

Winner - Mobile Bar Hire

Highly commended - Texcel Technology Ltd

Commended - Daisy Designs

Best technology company

Winner - Handy AV

Highly commended - ITRM Ltd

Best business for marketing & social media

Winner - McBrides Chartered Accountants

Highly commended - Broadway Jewellers

Commended - Stitch & Story

The very best of Bexley’s businesses were rubbing shoulders on Wednesday night as an awards ceremony celebrating their excellence took place.

More than 220 people turned out to the black-tie gala dinner at the Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel for the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2017.

Compered by radio broadcaster Becky Ives, the winners of 13 hotly contested awards were declared, including the coveted business of the year award.

This year’s winner Handy AV gained loud applause, as the audio-visual company picked up its award from Ocado’s Jon Satinet, having already picked up won the best technology company category.

Winners of the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2017Winners of the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2017

Managing director Aubrey Wright said: “This is our year. We only recently moved to Bexley after many years spent searching for the right business premises. But once we found them in Bexley it all came together – the opportunity arose and accelerated our growth.”

A number of firms took more than one accolade, including Serene Indulgence which won best young entrepreneur independent retailer of the year.

Last year’s business of the year, ITRM Ltd., won the 2017 Commitment to the Community award.

Managing Director Dave White said: “Commitment to the community isn’t something we do for reward or PR. We do it to demonstrate our values to our staff and support the people in the borough. It is a fantastic thing and I urge all businesses to do it.”

Becky Ives, awards compere and radio presenterBecky Ives, awards compere and radio presenter

The sold-out awards dinner offered guests a three course dinner with wine, as well as entertainment from students of Sidcup’s Bird College of Dance Music and Theatre.

Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, congratulated all of the finalists on their success.

She said: “Each year the standard of entrants in these awards gets stronger and competition gets tougher which is testament to the vibrant business community that we have in Bexley. I’m delighted to see so many diverse businesses recognised for their dedication and team work.”

Award presenter Jon Satinet added: ““It is great to have been involved and learned so much about the businesses and entrepreneurs in the borough. I have found the positivity and creativity to be infectious.

Singers from The Bird College, Sidcup performed at the awards eveningSingers from The Bird College, Sidcup performed at the awards evening

“They have provided the people of Bexley with careers, services and entertainment. We are pleased to be a part of that and part of Bexley.”

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