BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner – ITRM Ltd
Dave White, Managing Director, ITRM Ltd: “I grew up in Bexley, I went to school in Bexley and I set up my business in Bexley. So the Bexley Business Awards are very important and as we grow our business we will remain in Bexley.
“In terms of winning this award it’s testament to all the hard work that goes on in the area. We put the customer first – you cannot manufacture great customer service. Your defining factor cannot be about money, it’s got to be about making the right choices for the customer.
“The team all hold those values. These people [team members] are here tonight for various different reasons – for example Charlie was our Employee of the Year. They all share our values and epitomise the values of the business, and there are another 35-40 people in the office that do the same. ”
BEST BUSINESS FOR OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE
Winner – Crayford Greyhound Stadium
Highly Commended – ITRM Ltd
Commended – Shampan 3 Limited
John Nightingale, Crayford Greyhound Stadium: “We weren’t expecting to win. It’s recognition of what all our staff do – it genuinely means a lot.”
Diana Illingworth, Crayford Greyhound Stadium:: “It means everything because we employ 120 staff. We want our customers coming back time and time again so it’s important to us that we get that right. The majority of our customers are local people and they have been coming to us for years – it almost becomes a family orientated event.”
BEST NEW START UP
Winner – Aquasis
Highly Commended – Energie Fitness Erith (Fit4Less)
Commended – Westbury Property Maintenance
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner – Liz Twort, The Hackney Carriage Micro Pub
Highly Commended – Jessica Lilley, Babyballet DBB Ltd
Commended – Rebecca Cox, Maid on a Mission
Liz Twort, co-owner, The Hackney Carriage Micro Pub: “It’s amazing – it’s beyond any dream that I ever started with. But it’s not just me, it’s for my family, my team and my customers that have made this happen and I am very humble. We’ve created a little village pub and it has brought the community together – it really is a community hub. ”
BEST BUSINESS FOR HOSPITALITY AND FOOD EXCELLENCE
Winner – The Meze
Highly Commended – Shampan 3 Limited
Commended – Station Road Bistro
Adam Burton, co-owner, The Meze: “The business has been open for three and a half years and we spent six months before that preparing. When we launched it was 15 hour days seven days a week. We’ve now got an amazing team striving for excellence. We’re only a product of our staff – we’ve done every job in the restaurant but now we have managed to find a team that is able to replicate the standards we wanted to create.”
Winner – Kimmicass
Highly Commended – Indian Rose
Commended – Aquasis
Kimberly Cassidy, Owner, Kimmicass: “We’re beating the trend – our sales are going up and up. We have kind of built up a niche market – it’s a community based enterprise. We do it because people are looking for something different on the high street . It’s really important to keep the high street alive.
“These awards get everybody on board, and it encourages local businesses to up the ante – and you have to do that when you’re based on the high street because you’re up against online businesses. Winning this kind of justifies what we do”
The SME Excellence Award
Winner – Barge Group Ltd
Highly Commended – Serene Indulgence
Commended – Playle & Partners LLP
Winner – Taylor Technology Systems
Highly Commended – Jennings & Barrett
Commended – ITRM Ltd
Mark Taylor, Managing Director, and Brian Wickes, Commercial Director, Taylor Technology Systems: " It’s recognition of our team’s hard work. It’s a result of our investment in them.
"They’ll all be very pleased. We’ve come a long way over the past five to six years. Our staff turnover rate is very low and we’ve retained a lot of key contacts because of that. "
BEST CHARITY OR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Winner – Evergreen Care Bexley
Commended – Re-Instate Ltd
Highly Commended – London Skills for Growth
Peter and Diane Cott, Evergreen Care Bexley: "We support older people across the borough of Bexley with initiatives like home support, gardening and our clean team. At the heart of all we do is the relationship with the clients and their families.
"Winning this is a testament to our work force. Every day of the year the go out and change a life. It’s been a long journey and we have only just started."
BEST BUSINESS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION & SKILLS
Winner – Playle & Partners LLP
Highly Commended – Premier Choice Group
Commended– Plum Innovations
Charlie Hobson, solicitor and project manager, Playle & Partners LLP: "We’ve got some great people working with us, and some great young people we are training. With this great team we can offer so many great services. "
MADE IN BEXLEY
Winner – TDH Media
Highly Commended – Handy AV
Commended – Blue i studio London Ltd
Terry and Lorraine Hobday, TDH Media: "Winning means a lot. We’ve only been on the high street for 18 months, but the company is 15 years old. The recognition is for all the staff too, and they’re all from Bexley. We all work hard, in the media industry you have to work at times no one else wants to. We’re working in Bexley, so giving back to Bexley is only going to help us. "
TECH INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Winner – HW Audio
Highly Commended – Taylor Technology Systems Ltd
Commended – New Horizon Systems Ltd
Lewis Winters, HW Audio: "It means a lot. It’s just me at the company. The product has taken three years of research and investment so it does mean that all that hard work has been noticed.
"Winning this award is going to generate a lot of interest and help create more buzz around the product – it will raise the profile of the company.
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
Winner – Europa Gymnastic Centre
Highly Commended – McBrides Chartered Accountants
Commended – Rainbowz Childcare
Len Arnold, manager, Europa Gymnastics Centre: "We work very hard in the community - we’ve had over 1500 kids come to the centre. Our top lad at the moment is the reigning youth Olympic champion.
"The awards are something that we’ve looked at in the past, and then this community award came up. It’s really a recognition of all the hard work that the staff have done, and it means nothing really unless you’ve got great staff. We’re up to 50 staff members now - we’ve got a great bunch of youngsters coming through."