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Your ABBBA winners of 2023

The best of Bromley’s business heroes were celebrated on the 9th November for their commitment to going ‘above and beyond’ and supporting their local communities.

The past few years have been particularly testing for local businesses as they have navigated their way through the pandemic. Not only that, but businesses continue to innovate, pivot and step up to meet customers’ demands.

Lauretta Wright, founder of The ABBBAs and Editor and Publisher at Life In…Magazines, said:

“The inaugural Above and Beyond Bromley Business Awards celebrated the hard work and achievements of those going ‘above and beyond.’ Given that the event sold out in just three weeks and from the feedback from the debut event, it’s clear that it was a much-needed initiative and we’re looking forward to building on this next year.”

More than 200 businesses from across the borough attended The ABBBAs’ inaugural event and were treated to a Champagne reception, three-course meal and after-party entertainment which included a fun photobooth, sweet cart and live music from ABBA tribute band, ABBA Magic. They also took home a goody bag which included donations from local companies and news of a third magazine launch in Beckenham in 2024 for Life In…Magazines.

The event also helped raise money for local charity The MumMum Foundation, which offers support to families given a cancer diagnosis, with a ‘head and tails’ game for attendees and the winning prize being a hamper worth over £50. The total amount raised on the evening was £1,050 which, for a small local charity, will make a big difference to local families.

The winning companies of 2023 were selected by judges from a wide range of ages, experiences and backgrounds and included Lee Thomas from The Fairlight Group; Kristel Valaydon from KV Comms; Bromley resident judge, Aysha Best-Forbes; Chandra Sharma from Elmcroft Business Services; and Gary Valentine-Fuller from Valentine & Turner.

The ABBBAs attracted nearly 300 submissions and nominations which were judged on a points system instead of a popularity vote to ensure complete impartiality and transparency. All five judges also viewed the submissions separately and independently of one another.

The 12 categories and overall winners represented a wide range of industries from across the borough’s business community.  

The 2023 winners were:

Best Startup: Zap Kids Club

Best Charity/Non-Profit: Bromley Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum (BCFVSF)

Community Hero: Jane Knight

Best Individual Award: James Broomfield

Best Environmental: Anastasia’s Pantry

Best Social Impact Company: Successful Mums Career Academy

Best Business – Independent: Judge & Priestley LLP

Best Business – High Street: Ollie Polly Play Cafe

Best Business – Micro: Bigohcoaching

Best Hospitality Business: Churchill Theatre

Best Innovation Company: Charitable Travel

Business Personality of the Year: Chas Jordan

A HUGE congratulations to all the finalists and winners of 2023!

The ABBBAs 2024 event will take place in November and submissions will open online on 27th March 2024.

If you are interested in finding out more about next year’s event or being involved, contact Lauretta on 07403-550068 or email awards@lifeinmaagzines.co.uk