Bromley’s best businesses recognised at ‘The Orpies’

PUBLISHED: 13:06 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:06 08 March 2016

Winner Best Employee James Hood Anytime Fitness with Mayor of Bromley Councillor Kim Botting

Winner Best Employee James Hood Anytime Fitness with Mayor of Bromley Councillor Kim Botting


The mayor of Bromley opened the awards hosted by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District

A handful of the best businesses in Bromley were rewarded at a glitzy awards ceremony last week.

The Orpington Finest Awards - an annual event organised by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District (BID) - promote and celebrate outstanding local businesses.

There are separate categories for retail, health and beauty, new business, the service sector, hospitality and catering and best employer.

Additionally the most environmentally conscious and best not for profit organisation were acknowledged.

The Oscar style evening, coined ‘The Orpies’ by the guests and nominees was a huge success.

Guests were treated to a VIP evening with champagne reception followed by a glitzy presentation featuring promotional film of all the nominees on the big screen.

The Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting opened the evening and presented two special awards voted by the public to Orpington’s Best Employee and Favourite Business.

James Hood from high street gym Anytime Fitness scooped the Best Employee award, while his employers were voted as Orpington’s Favourite Business, children’s charity The Maypole Project won the Not for Profit award.

Elsewhere, Finch House took the Hospitality & Catering gong, Compassion Homecare came out on top in the Service Sector, while M&Co won Best Retailer.

A spokesperson for Anytime Fitness said: “We are excited and proud to announce that Anytime Fitness Orpington have won Orpington’s Favourite Business on consecutive occasions having first won the award at the 2015 Orpington Finest Business Awards.

“Not only have we only been open just over two years, but we have also out-shined seven other fitness centers on their high street.”

A spokesperson for The Maypole Project said: “We are delighted to have recently won the Orpington 1st ‘Not for Profit’ award.

QWe would like to express our gratitude to Orpington 1st for recognising and appreciating the work we do within the community.”

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 morth.

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

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