Businesses across Bexleyheath were celebrated at the 2023 Bexleyheath High Street Awards where a panel of judges selected winners from the area.

Since its launch in 2022, organisers have said that the awards have become a symbol of resilience and excellence, recognising the tireless efforts of entrepreneurs and innovators who are driving the local economy forward.

Over the past 12 months, businesses on the high street have faced significant headwinds, navigating the cost of living crisis.

Despite this, the businesses of Bexleyheath have persevered and adapted and are now being celebrated by the community.

Through this recognition, the Bexleyheath High Street Awards aims to encourage and inspire local businesses to continue to innovate and excel in the years to come.

Caron Linyard, Bexleyheath BID manager, said: "We're thrilled to be back for a second year to celebrate the hard work and amazing resilience of the businesses on the Broadway.

"We have had so many fantastic entries, the judges faced a tough decision in finding their winners!

"These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the area's top businesses, and we're excited to celebrate their achievements."

The Bexleyheath High Street Awards seeks to find real joy and passion in the local high street and showcase business owners and brands that make Bexleyheath High Street so special.

The awards took place on Tuesday, April 25, and celebrated winners across several categories. 

The categories and winners include:

Winner of Best New Business - The Movie Shack

Winner of Best Corporate Business - McDonald's

Winner of Best Independent Business - Mrs P's Hair

Winner of Best Independent (+10 years) - Bradley's Jewellers

Winner of Best Customer Service - Hays Travel

Winner of Best Employer - Bell'Amore Bridal Store

Winner of Love your Local (Public Vote) - The King's Arms

Winner of Best Employee - Jude Simmns, Anytime Fitness

Winner of Commitment to Community - Ken & Di Sprowles, The Royal British Legion

Winner of Business of the Year - Bell'Amore Bridal Store

The Bexleyheath High Street Awards is organised by Bexleyheath BID who have said that they are proud of the area's bustling high street and is known for its vibrant community of independent and local businesses

Award nominees were selected by a panel of judges, including local business leaders and community members.

Pete Marshall, a local business owner and award winner, said: "Bexleyheath has always been a hub for independent and local businesses, and these awards are a great way to showcase the incredible work that they do."

Riccardo Paccito, and event sponsor from Metro Bank, said: "I'm honoured to be recognised alongside so many other outstanding businesses.

“As a Community Bank, we’re rooted in the local community we serve and building relationships with our thriving local businesses is at the heart of what we do.

"It was a pleasure to support and be part of the Bexleyheath High Street Awards.

"Congratulations to all of the businesses nominated and to all of the winners."