Local business people gathered to celebrate the 2018 Bromley Business Awards at a glittering ceremony at Oakley House, Bromley Common last Friday night (30 November).
Hosted by FHW Events & Marketing, in association with headline sponsor The Glades, and supported by Orpington 1st, Your Bromley and the London Borough of Bromley, the 2018 Bromley Business Awards aimed to recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community across the whole Borough of Bromley.
Beginning with a drinks’ reception, guests from the local business world met and networked with each other before being treated to a sumptuous three-course gala dinner, followed by the awards ceremony itself.
Sarah Duffy, entertainment broadcaster and presenter of ITV2’s FYI Daily bulletin, hosted the ceremony, with awards presented by category sponsors in front of an audience of over 180 people from across the local business community.
Awards were presented in twelve categories, including employer of the year, best restaurant, innovator of the year, best SME and best independent retailer. All category winners were put forward for the coveted title of overall ‘Business of the Year’.
The Business of the Year award was presented to Hello Burger, who were also Best New Business category winner.
Speaking at the ceremony Ross Feeney, Managing Director of FHW Events & Marketing, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with The Glades to deliver these awards and reward business excellence in Bromley. Tonight’s gala dinner is the culmination of a nine-month programme which has celebrated and showcased the borough’s growing and vibrant business community. All of tonight’s finalists are winners; they have beaten off stiff competition to reach the finals. Congratulations to you all.”
Dee Scully, Guest Services Manager of headline sponsor The Glades, said: “It’s fantastic to be sponsoring tonight’s awards. The Glades is an integral part of Bromley. We have over 20 million visitors a year to the shopping centre, so it’s good to raise our profile and support local businesses. Our Plan G initiative helps small businesses to develop and grow from small acorns to big oaks. Congratulations to all of tonight’s finalists and winners on their hard work throughout the year, which is what it takes to win an award. The recognition you get as a result is tremendous for your business.”
Tracey Davis, Vice-Principal of sponsor London South East Colleges, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the awards tonight. It’s really important that we’re connected with local businesses, because as employers they help shape our curriculum. We want to make sure we meet the demand of the industries within the area and help our students achieve the skills they need to gain work.”
Sharon Baldwin, Executive Director of Orpington 1st, said: “I think it’s particularly important in the current, challenging environment for high streets and businesses that we celebrate success, and that we have the opportunity to get together, see what good service is all about, hear other people’s stories, learn from one another and put that into practice going forward. A lot of businesses have their heads down, concentrating on making a profit and doing the best they can. It’s important they take time out to understand what they do well and to recognise their success for their staff, their customers and to promote themselves.”
The atmosphere at the gala event was buzzing all evening, with many attendees praising the celebrations to recognise business achievement. Comments included:
Chris Keep, Empowered Gyms: “The most important thing about tonight’s ceremony is that it’s local and it’s all about supporting the smaller independent businesses such as my own, as well as the larger ones. It’s nice to be somewhere you’re recognised on an equal footing and for what you’re bringing to the community and to the high street. It brings a great sense of togetherness and presents opportunities for collaboration.”
Peter Reeve, from sponsor Bromley Healthcare: “It’s brilliant for Bromley businesses to have an event where they can showcase everything that’s good about the borough and all the excellent businesses and services we have in the area. We’re really proud to be part of it.”
Josh Hamit, Improve My Search Ranking: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to be recognised for their hard work. Being able to meet each other, network and celebrate success is important for small businesses, as you never know what doors it might open. The awards also help a small business like mine to establish credibility through our involvement in the finals, which is a bonus.”
Stuart Curragh, Manager of Slater Menswear: “We work extremely hard to drive our business and strive to take it one step further than last year. Tonight is a good opportunity to enjoy and celebrate that with your peers, to get dressed up, enjoy the spoils of your labours, get to know those in your community and build bridges that didn’t exist before.”
Jason Gould, Chislehurst Chiropractic Clinic: “For us as a local business, being nominated for the customer service award reflects the hard work our team put in. It really makes a difference for our customers and there’s something special about that. The awards give businesses a great opportunity to showcase what they do and to inspire others and develop within their community.”
Eddie Hayes and Mark Fuller, Walnut Cobblers: “It’s our first time at the business awards tonight. It’s great to interact with other local businesses, get a different perspective on how they run things, and learn from them. We’ve met some lovely people already.”
Nick Hems, Movo Insurance Brokers: ‘The Bromley Business Awards are really important because they allow businesses to have a presence locally. For smaller businesses, it helps them get their name and brand out there and successfully network with others. It’s a great opportunity to network and do business with each other.”