Great news for Beckenham nightlife

Last year Beckenham was awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for its night time economy.

The accreditation indicates a “gold standard” for town centres at night. Similar to how a blue flag recognises outstanding beach quality, the purple flag accreditation scheme recognises excellence in the management of town and cities at night. Beckenham’s purple flag status indicates that the town possesses a thriving, vibrant and, most importantly, safe nightlife.

The flag was raised into position outside Beckenham Junction station on Friday 19 May:

For more information on Beckenham’s Purple Flag, see our earlier post.

“Lady Bug” Wins ‘Best Dressed Stand’ at first Beckenham Business Day

A female pest control business took first prize in the Beckenham Business Day ‘Best Dressed Stand’ competition yesterday (7 September).

Jackie Groundsell from Beckenham Business Association and Alex Vail from Beckenham Theatre presented the winning trophy to Vicki Sims from Lady Bug Pest Control on the stage at Beckenham Public Halls.

Highly commended was Creases laundry services on Beckenham Road.

It was the first time a business exhibition event of this kind has come to Beckenham and it is hoped that it will become an annual event for the Beckenham Business community.

“Vicki’s prize was so well deserved,” said Jackie Groundsell, local business owner and chair of Beckenham Business Association. “Vicki wore a ladybird costume and handed out bug-themed treats and sweets to delegates throughout the day.

“She made a massive effort and the stand looked great.”

Lady Bug Pest Control is a female pest control company that offers pest control services in Beckenham and the surrounding areas.

“I’m thrilled to bits,” said business owner and single mum of two Vicki. “I’m so proud to win this prize, all the hard work and effort really paid off!

“It’s not normally the way I do exhibitions but I like to be different and everyone I met said they would never forget me and that they’d use my services, which is great!

“The ladybird outfit was bought locally at fancydressme.com in Coney Hall, I’m a great believer in using local businesses.”

Beckenham Business Day was organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by Bromley Council.Around 80 businesses attended. And thanks to sponsors StartUpLoans, entry was free for Beckenham Business Association Members.

“The day was buzzing,” said Beckenham Business Association member Marsha Berg from GradFinale Yearbooks. “People were making really meaningful contacts, and the talks were well received by a large appreciative audience.”

The next Beckenham Business Association event will be a breakfast meeting at Beckenham Theatre on Bromley Road on 21 September.

Beckenham Business Association events are free for Members and first-time visitors, or £10 each for returning non-members. Annual membership costs £25.

BBA ‘delighted’ to support 2015 Bromley Business Awards

Bromley Business AwardsBeckenham Business Association is proud to support the 5th annual Bromley Business Awards as Innovation and Growth Award sponsor.

Last year, two BBA members were among the Bromley Business Award finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

This year sees the welcome return of BBA member business Framerstamp, who is a finalist in two categories: the Innovation and Growth Award and the Made in Bromley, Rising Star Award.

Framerstamp creates beautiful framed stamps, covering a huge variety of subjects to suit a lot of different interests. They make a special, personal gift at an affordable price.

The winners of the Bromley Business Awards will be announced tonight at a special ‘night to remember’ gala dinner at The Warren, hosted by Rebecca Pike from BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo’s Drive Time.

Good luck to all the Finalists at tonight’s ceremony!

Last call for entries to the Bromley Business Awards – get involved!

Bromley Business AwardsThe Bromley Business Awards is now in its 5th year and one of Bromley’s most important and influential social events.

Last year, two Beckenham Business Association members were among the finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

The closing date for award entries is 31 July 2015, with the award ceremony and gala dinner taking place at The Warren on Thursday 15 October 2015. To find out more and submit your entry, visit the Awards website.

Entry for Bromley Business Awards open

Bromley Business AwardsThis year’s Bromley Business Awards are now open for entries. Any businesses based within the London Borough of Bromley – including those in Beckenham – who want to showcase their achievements are invited to apply.

Now in their fifth year, the Awards are an excellent way for businesses to send a positive message to their customers and attract new ones. Last year, two Beckenham Business Association members were among the finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

Entering the Awards allows you to:

  • Take advantage of year-round PR and marketing activity and gain the recognition your business deserves
  • Attend a glittering gala dinner where you and your team can network and share best practice
  • Reward your teams and show them their achievements matter
  • Stand out from the crowd and give your business a competitive edge.

The organisers, Prospects, are also offering a FREE interactive workshop to anyone interested in entering the Awards on 25 June 2015, 2-4pm at Prospects House, 19 Elmfield Road, Bromley, BR1 1LT. The workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the business awards process and the award categories
  • Discover the benefits of entering the awards
  • Learn how you can maximize your opportunities for creating an award winning entry
  • Meet the professional judges
  • Network with other local businesses and previous winners
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments

To book your free place for the workshop email awards@prospects.co.uk or call 020 8315 1020.

Closing date for award entries is 31 July 2015, with the award ceremony and gala dinner taking place at The Warren on Thursday 15 October 2015. To find out more and submit your entry, visit the Awards website.

Working towards Purple Flag Award

Beckenham Business Association and the Beckenham Town Centre Team are working towards achieving the Purple Flag Award for Beckenham Town Centre.

This is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night showing that the night-time economy offers clean and safe environments, great bars and clubs, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links.

Further details HERE or please contact Cheryl Curr, Beckenham Town Centre Manager.

We didn’t win, but…

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Beckenham High Street didn’t win any Great British High Street Awards last month but it was great to be in the running for such a prestigious award.

The town went up against the country’s best after it was nominated for the national award by Beckenham Business Association (BBA).

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners who took part in this year’s competition.

A full list of all winners is available on the Great British High Street website. 

Beckenham Businesses among Bromley Awards finalists

Two members of Beckenham Business Association, Buzz Bee Kids and Framerstamp, are finalists in this year’s Bromley Business Awards.

The awards, organised by Prospects and sponsored by London Biggin Hill Airport, are aimed at rewarding and celebrating the many dynamic and innovative businesses in Bromley.

Anita Burke of Buzz Bee Kids

Anita Burke of Buzz Bee Kids

Buzz Bee Kids is a finalist in two categories: Best Small Business and Best Green Business. A children’s clothing and toy store with a difference, Buzz Bee Kids is based in Elmers End. They buy and sell new unique brands and gently-used pre-owned stock to give parents the best choice in value, quality and design.

Anita Burke, owner of Buzz Bee Kids says, “Buzz Bee Kids is at a pivotal point in its expansion and development and being able to benchmark ourselves against other amazing businesses through the Bromley Business Awards is a great opportunity.

“Naturally, any additional business exposure and marketing you get from entering can only be a good thing for the business. Preparing for my interview with the judges was also a brilliant opportunity to stop and review all of our successes (and mistakes!) and actually be proud of what we have achieved. Of course, I also want to win!”

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp

Framerstamp, which creates beautiful framed stamps from new mint stamps, is a finalist in both the Business Innovation Award and Best New Business categories. With stamps covering a huge variety of subjects, Framerstamp’s framed sets make a great personal gift.

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp says, “I heard about the Bromley Business Awards through Beckenham Business Association, so this is a very big thank you to them. While I wasn’t looking forward to completing an application form, the process for the Awards was very helpful. It gave me the motivation to have a fresh look at Framerstamp and think about where the business is now, where it’s going and what needs to be done next.”

The winners of the Bromley Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at The Warren on Thursday 16 October. To book tickets contact Prospects on 020 8253 4256 or email awards@prospects.co.uk.

A full list of the Awards finalists is available on the Prospects website.

Beckenham in the running for High Street of the Year Award

Thornton's Corner, Beckenham

Thornton’s Corner, Beckenham

Beckenham is set to go up against the country’s best in the Great British High Street Awards after it was nominated for the national award by Beckenham Business Association (BBA).

The Government-backed competition to find and celebrate the nation’s best high streets is run by the Future High Street Forum and the Association of Town and City Management.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in the running for the Great British High Street of the Year Awards.

“Our application focuses on how we’ve been collaborating with other local groups to improve life and business in Beckenham through better community cohesion.”

The news was welcomed by local businesses, residents and other town centres on Twitter this week, including Chislehurst, who wished Beckenham well.

The winners of the awards, who will be announced in the autumn, will receive a share of £50,000 of prize money and dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

People can show their support for Beckenham online by tweeting their photos and endorsements to @TheGBHighSt, using the hashtag #gbhighst.

Best Dressed Window Competition

BestWindow13_ThackrayWBeckenham’s Best Dressed Window Display Competition this year was in celebration of its Parks and Open Spaces. The voting public decided between windows adorned with bunting, picnics, summer pursuits, and all the paraphernalia of summer-time leisure in the parks.

There is no judging – it is all decided by votes on the organiser’s (Copers Cope Area Residents’ Assoc) website and at the participating premises by cards dropped into the beautiful Voting Pouches created at Crafts Bee…

And the great Beckenham public has decided this year that the winner of the trophy is Thackray Williams solicitors, with Raggios (restaurant) second, and Jumping Bean (gifts) third.