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
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”