The best companies in the borough were recognised at the Bromley Business Awards last week, 15 October. Winners of each of the eight categories, along with the overall Bromley Business of the Year 2015, which was selected by independent judges from all the winners, were revealed during the ceremony and dinner at The Warren.
More than 200 guests attended the award ceremony including Bromley’s Worshipful Mayor Councillor Kim Botting. The evening, hosted by Rebecca Pike, BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime Business Presenter, celebrated enterprise and innovation in Bromley. The awards are organised by Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, who are based in Bromley but provide services across the UK and internationally.
Magpie Dance, a Bromley-based charity working with adults with learning disabilities, was announced as Bromley Overall Business of the Year. The judges recognised their commitment to the local community, enthusiasm, good working practices and dedication to their customers. Benefiting more than 3,000 people each year, the charity is celebrating 30 years in business in Bromley this year, and the judges felt it embodied all the characteristics they look for in the business of the year.
Avril Hitman from Magpie speaking after receiving the award commented: “This is a real endorsement and testament to our work within the local community, and to receive this is hugely rewarding, especially as it is our 30th anniversary this year. The awards recognised the good work we do, but it’s the dancers themselves, the people we work with who matter, it is a team effort and we have a wonderful team.”
When asked why businesses should get involved with the Bromley Business Awards Avril noted: “The awards raise your profile and winning is a recognition of all the hard work, I feel it’s important to take a step back and look at your business, how you run it and the direction you want to take in the future.”
Claire Stepney from Prospects Events, who organised the event said: “Congratulations to all the winners they have demonstrated the way they are leading business in Bromley supporting the local community and driving the economy forward. The judges were astounded by the standard of entries and it was no easy task selecting the finalists and winners from the entries. The awards were a fitting tribute to these businesses, not only did it give us an opportunity to celebrate achievements but to look to the future and grow through the new networks created at the gala dinner and the opportunities that winning brings.”
There were more than 170 entries for the awards, with 40 selected as finalists. Shortlisted businesses were put through their paces in a series of face-to-face interviews with industry and business experts as part of the judging day. After the interviews, the independent judges formed a panel to decide the winners.
Here is the full list of winners:
Overall Business of the Year: Magpie Dance
Best Medium Business: Brownhill Insurance Group
Best Small Sized Business: Quality Drainage Company Ltd
Best Employer Award: FLR Spectron Ltd
Made in Bromley, Rising Start Award: Magpie Dance
The Green Award: Churchill Theatre Bromley
Innovation & Growth Award: Bromley Healthcare Community Interest Group
Commitment to the Community: FLR Spectron Ltd
The Excellence Award: Indulgence Beauty Salon
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Notes to Editor
About the Bromley Business Awards
The Bromley Business Awards are organised by Prospects to celebrate the many dynamic and innovative businesses in Bromley.
For more information please visit: www.prospectsbusinessawards.co.uk
About the Judges
Founder of Successful Mums – www.successfulmums.co.uk
Jane is an energetic trainer, careers advisor and business coach in the training & skills Sector. Roles include business development, employer engagement and founder of Successful Mums supporting clients and business with flexible working.
Owner of Tangent Office Resources– www.tangentoffice.com
Chandra has been involved in two franchised businesses, one a head hunting business in the City and the other, which he currently still owns and operates provides services to Solicitors involved in conveyancing in Central London. Chandra started his current stationery business, Tangent Office Resources from scratch, which is now a very profitable and award winning business..
Director of Build it Grow It – www.buildit-growit.com
After establishing a successful career in the Education sector, Carole moved into the private sector, where she subsequently established her own property company and worked with a raft of businesses.
Head of Town Centre Management and Business Support at Bromley Council - www.bromley.gov.uk/business
Martin ran Bromley’s Business Information Service for over 10 years and has held his current position at Bromley Council since 2010. Martin’s whole career has focused on assisting and supporting local businesses on behalf of Local Authority.
Founder of BST Environmental visit www.bstenvironmental.co.uk
John started his career in the environmental sector in 2009 having become increasingly concerned about global climate change and the need to make energy savings, both in domestic and working lives. John runs his own consultancy BST Environmental; specialising in energy saving and using IT systems to reduce energy consumption.
Owner of The Best of Bromley visit www.thebestof.co.uk/local/bromley-borough
Ivan is a local business connector, owning the award winning The Best of Bromley Borough marketing business; connecting businesses to consumers and b2b, through business mentoring and sales training to his clients. Ivan is also a previous winner of the Commitment to the Community Award at the Bromley Business Awards.
Director, SE London Chamber of Commerce and Manages Capital B at Bromley College www.bromleycollege.co.uk
Julie has worked within the Kent Women in Business Awards as a judge for the last two years across a variety of categories and is always motivated and excited to be part of a business community that is focused on making a difference.
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we support more than 500,000 young people and adults.
Alona De Havilland