Best festive business winners announced

A lady representative from iSpy group is presenting a winners cheque for £500 to the cliff pub gentleman representative.

The winner and runners-up of the 2023 Southend Best Festive Business competition have been announced, with The Cliff Pub in Southend winning the public vote.

The Cliff Pub, who are based on Hamlet Road in Southend-on-Sea, proved to be the public’s favourite, with Chantilly Lace Bridalwear, who are based on London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea coming second and Roberto's of Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, coming in third.

Local businesses kindly donated cash prizes as they all recognized the importance of encouraging residents and visitors to support local businesses during the festive season which is a key trading period. ISpy Group, lead sponsor, donated £500 as our 1st prize, Dedman Gray donated £300 as our 2nd prize, 3D Filaprint donated £100 as our 3rd prize. Furthermore Daisy Holland, who voted in the competition and was selected at random will be enjoying dinner for two and show - donated by Genting Casino Westcliff.

A representative from lead sponsor, ISpy Group, presented the winner The Cliff Pub, with their prize on Wednesday 20 December.

Cllr Daniel Nelson, cabinet member for economic growth and investment, said:

“This year has been challenging for many businesses up and down the country, particularly for small businesses. The Best Festive Business competition, which the council's Economic Development team has run since 2014, offers local businesses an opportunity to benefit from publicity that we hope has encouraged people to shop locally in the run up to Christmas. Residents and visitors also enjoy experiencing the festive displays and being able to vote for their favourites.

“Congratulations to The Cliff Pub, Chantilly Bridalwear and Roberto's and thank you to all of the companies who took part, those who voted and to ISpy Group, Dedman Gray, 3D Filaprint and Genting Casino Westcliff, who have provided fantastic prizes for the winners and one lucky voter.”

“I would finally like to wish all our businesses throughout the City a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2024.”

Published: 3rd January 2024