Some of Bromley’s best businesses received recognition at the annual Orpington Finest Awards on Thursday (March 3).

Affectionately dubbed “The Orpies” by nominees and guests, businesses attended an Oscars-style ceremony where winners were announced for categories including most environmentally conscious and best not-for-profit organisation.

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting, opened the evening and presented two special awards voted for by the public: Orpington’s best employee and favourite business.

The awards were presented by Orpington 1st BID and sponsored by local businesses: BNI, Baxter & Co, Odeon Cinema, Bromley Business Awards, Tindle News, FSB and Walnuts Shopping Centre.


Orpington 1st, established in 2013, is Bromley’s first Business Improvement District.

It covers most of the High Street area of the town centre from Tesco and the Memorial Roundabout in the South and the entrance to Priory Gardens in the North.

Predominantly funded and governed by local businesses, it seeks to promote and develop business activity in the BID area.

Images courtesy of The Urban Snapper


Full list of winners:

Best employee (voted for by the public): James Hood, Anytime Fitness

Not-for-profit: Maypole Project

Hospitality and catering: Finch House

Service sector: Compassion Homecare

Best retailer: M&Co

New business: Pato Lounge

Health and beauty: Graham Webb International

Best Employer: McDonald's

Environmental: McDonald's