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Here's why you should enter the Bexley Business Excellence Awards - according to last year's winners

PUBLISHED: 13:53 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 20 February 2017

Rebecca Cox from Maid on a Mission picked up the Best Young Entrepreneur award at last year's Bexley Business Awards

Rebecca Cox from Maid on a Mission picked up the Best Young Entrepreneur award at last year's Bexley Business Awards

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The deadline to enter is fast approaching

Tony Adams from Hello Burger picked up awards in Best Business for Customer Service, Best Business for Marketing and Social Media and being Highly Commended in the Best Start-Up Business category.Tony Adams from Hello Burger picked up awards in Best Business for Customer Service, Best Business for Marketing and Social Media and being Highly Commended in the Best Start-Up Business category.

Entering a celebration of the borough’s best businesses has brought in more customers and raised companies’ profiles, according to last year’s winners.

The Bexley Business Excellence Awards, in association with Ocado, offer more than a dozen awards each year to businesses of any size based in Bexley.

Ahead of next month’s registration deadline, three former winners have urged more businesses to throw their hats into the ring.

“The phone literally started ringing off the hook after I won the Best Young Entrepreneur award,” said Rebecca Cox, founder and owner of Maid on a Mission.

Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme's Lorraine Stairs, last year the charity won Best Charity and Social Enterprise Award at the Bexley Business AwardsBexley Accessible Transport Scheme's Lorraine Stairs, last year the charity won Best Charity and Social Enterprise Award at the Bexley Business Awards

“In fact the whole experience has been amazing – the business has grown at an incredible rate and we’ve already exceeded targets for the year.

“Winning raised our profile, and made us much more confident when meeting clients – and clients feel more confident in us too. We will definitely be entering again this year and I would 100 per cent urge other businesses to enter too.”

Many of the firms who picked up an award or recognition at last year’s ceremony said winning was an acknowledgement of their hard work and the quality of their products and services.

Owner and founder of restaurant Hello Burger, Tony Adams, picked up two awards and was highly commended for another last year.

He said: “When we posted the results online we got an immediate interaction - likes, shares and engagements all went through the roof that week.

“It was June, which in our business is a slow month,, but in the week straight after the awards we were a whole lot busier than expected.”

Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme won Best Charity and Social Enterprise last year.

CEO Lorraine Stairs urged: “I would tell any business to enter the awards. I also think receiving the award meant people now see us as more of a trusted organisation because we have accomplished something.”

The deadline to enter awards, which are now in their fifth year, is March 17.

After the judging and shortlisting process this spring, the winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie gala dinner at the Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel in June.

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