Mayor of Bexley Brian Bishop (right) presents the cheque to his chosen charities, BNAS and MIND.

Guests at the 2018 Bexley Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner raised over £1,500 for the chosen charities of the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Brian Bishop.

Councillor Bishop was presented with a giant cheque for £1,550.50 payable to Mind in Bexley and the Bexley National Autistic Society, the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2018/19.

The money was raised from a charity raffle at the glittering Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Hall Place and Gardens on Wednesday, 27 June.

Thanking everyone involved, Councillor Bishop said: “I am very grateful for this donation to my charities. We will work with the Bexley branch of the National Autistic Society (BNAS) and MIND in Bexley to ensure it is used to improve the lives of local people.”

Around 300 guests from the business community celebrated at the sixth annual Bexley Business Excellence Awards in association with Ocado.  IT specialist ITRM took away a hat trick of awards, including the prestigious top prize of Business of the Year 2018.

Hosted by actress and writer Tracy Ann Oberman, best known for her role as Chrissie Watts in EastEnders, the sold-out event was the climax of the awards programme, which celebrates the successes and achievements of Bexley’s vibrant business sector.

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, leader of Bexley Council, said: “Bexley is a fantastic place to live and a fantastic place to work. We have big ambitions for Bexley and I hope that all of Bexley’s businesses continue to flourish over the next year and beyond, and I look forward to welcoming you all back next year.”

The 2018 Bexley Business Excellence Awards are delivered by: London Borough of Bexley & Bexley for Business. The awards are sponsored by Ocado (Headline Sponsor), Bellway Homes, Bexleyheath BID, Bexley Skills Charter, Crayford Greyhound Track, ITRM, the Aitch Group, London South East Colleges, London South East Apprenticeship Company, Peabody, Sidcup Partners, The Engine House and Waterman Group. The programme is supported by: Bexley Times, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, Maid on a Mission, Mobile Bar Hire, and Northgate Public Service.

For more details and pictures from the evening, visit:  www.bexleyawsards.co.uk