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The finalists have been revealed after thousands of Havering residents nominated their favourite local businesses for this year’s Havering Small Business Awards.

Havering Council received over 4,200 nominations throughout the two-week nomination period, with more than 430 individual small businesses put forward for awards.

The Best Small or Independent Business category alone received more than 1,900 nominations for over 140 businesses and was by far the most hotly-contested category.

The top three finalists that received the most nominations from each category have now progressed to the final round, where members of the public can vote for the winners.

After some fierce competition and incredible support from customers and fans, this year’s finalists are:

Best Small or Independent Business, sponsored by Quantum Group

  • BestSellers
  • Hollywood Dogs
  • New Heights Fitness

Best Beauty or Retail Business

  • The Beauty Room, Gidea Park
  • Elliot Dean Hairdressers
  • Hair Lounge, Ardleigh Green

Best Takeaway

  • The Lighthouse Fish and Chips
  • Serious Nugs
  • Ped’s Pizza

Best Hospitality Business, sponsored by Hills Prospect

  • Ped’s Pizza
  • Café 108
  • Brookside Theatre

Best Tradesperson

  • BMG Gas Services
  • ADL Air Conditioning
  • Mawney Security

Best Shopfront

  • Light and Shade Counselling
  • Ellie’s Finishing Touches
  • BestSellers

Best Customer Experience

  • The Family Health Hub
  • Bear with the Hair
  • Wrigglers Hair Salon

Best Social Enterprise or CIC, sponsored by SEGRO, Rainham

  • BabyBank HQ
  • Superthinkers
  • Dicing with Life

Best Newcomer (less than a year old), supported by Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • JuJu’s Style Closet
  • Light and Shade Counselling
  • The Bubbly Bar

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Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said: 

“It’s great to see so many versatile businesses represented in the nominations this year – new entries as well as finalists (and winners) from last year’s awards.

“It just proves how many fantastic businesses we are lucky enough to have in Havering and the support their customers have given throughout the nomination process.

“I urge you now to take the time to vote for your favourites businesses and help thank them for the crucial role they play in our local economy.”

Julie Frost, Director the Romford Business Improvement District, main sponsor again this year for the awards, said: 

“The Havering Small Business Awards is a great initiative that offers recognition to both established and up and coming local businesses and Romford BID are proud to be sponsoring the event again this year.

"It’s thanks to the hard work and dedication of business owners that Havering continues to thrive, and I would like to both thank, and congratulate all of the Nominees.

"Please do take the time to vote and continue to show your support to local businesses”.  

A special award, ‘The Havering Small Business of the Year Award’, will be chosen from the category winners by a panel including the Council and sponsors. 

The winner for each category will be announced at a special evening reception at the Premiere Cinemas in Romford in May, hosted by media partner Time 107.5 FM’s Mark Dover. 

Voting is now open, and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023.

To cast your votes, or for more information on these community-led awards, visit the awards page.  

Follow the Havering Small Business Awards 2022/23 on social media by searching #HaveringSBA.


Published: 6 March 2023