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Santa Clauses Running Through Town!

Santa Clauses Running Through Town!

A sea of Santas descended on Orpington town centre on Sunday (8th December) for the third Orpington Santa Dash, organised by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District (BID).

Rap sensation Romzy interviews Sadiq Khan at London's biggest skills fair

Rap sensation Romzy interviews Sadiq Khan at London's biggest skills fair

The Mayor of London paid an exciting visit to London South East Colleges’ stand at Skills London 2019 on Friday, where he was interviewed by rap artist and former student ‘Romzy’.

Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Thousands of families enjoyed a fun and festive evening in Orpington last Thursday as the town's annual Christmas lights switch on event 'Light Up Orpington' took place.

Loose Change for Real Change

Loose Change for Real Change

A scheme launched this summer across Orpington town centre aims to persuade residents to donate money to tackle the problem of homelessness, rather than giving directly to street beggars.

New Year New Challenge for London Cab Drivers

New Year New Challenge for London Cab Drivers

After three London cabbies lost twelve stones and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019 for charity, the new year is heralding a much bigger challenge for a group of thirty London Cab Drivers

Now showing at the Orpington!

Now showing at the Orpington!

The premiere of their new 'Cinema Set Menu' has arrived at the award-winning restaurant & record store, the Orpington.

Orpington 2020 Calendars available now!

Orpington 2020 Calendars available now!

The Orpington 1st calendar for 2020 is now available from Orpington library in exchange for donations to Bromley Homeless Shelter.

London South East Colleges' student gets airborne with high flying work experience

London South East Colleges' student gets airborne with high flying work experience

Aircraft enthusiast and Aeronautical Engineering Level 3 Diploma student Beth Booker has just landed herself an amazing opportunity to work alongside a group of experts at one of the region’s top aviation service providers.

London South East Colleges wins prestigious Royal Prize

London South East Colleges wins prestigious Royal Prize

A Queen’s Anniversary Prize – celebrating excellence in higher and further education - has been awarded to London South East Colleges for its pioneering provision of high quality technical and vocational education.

Orpington Business Against Crime

Orpington Business Against Crime

The BID is running a Business Crime Reduction Partnership providing local business owners and managers with the tools you need to more effectively share information in the fight against crime. Join now if you have not done so alre

Orpington College reaches final of national excellence awards

Orpington College reaches final of national excellence awards

London South East Colleges is celebrating its continuing success today – having been selected as a finalist for the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards 2019-20, in the Excellence in Real World Learning category.

Spotlight on: Senol Erdogan, Barberking

Spotlight on: Senol Erdogan, Barberking

From humble beginnings, Senol Erdogan has become a successful entrepreneur and highly regarded barber, travelling across the world cutting hair for high end clients.

Museum to Muse: Priory proves ideal home for creatives

Museum to Muse: Priory proves ideal home for creatives

V22 are pleased to announce that they have 19 studios built and ready to rent in the former library building set within Orpington’s stunning Priory Gardens.

Orpington's Local National Careers Service Adviser

Orpington's Local National Careers Service Adviser

Chrysalis Recruitment Centre now have a registered onsite National Careers Service Adviser available to meet with individuals on a one to one basis to discuss career options and requirements, free of charge.

New Business.... It's a family affair

New Business.... It's a family affair

For The Orpington 1st Magazine Winter edition we caught up with two of the recent additions to the High Street.

Tikehau Capital acquires The Walnuts Shopping Centre

Tikehau Capital acquires The Walnuts Shopping Centre

Tikehau Capital, the alternative asset management and investment group, announces the acquisition for its clients of Orpington's Walnuts Shopping Centre, through its Real Estate Value-Added fund which was launched in 2018.

Reduce your operating costs

Reduce your operating costs

Orpington’s town centre businesses are taking advantage of Orpington 1st’s Savings Advisory Service with Meercat Associates.

Instagram for Business

Instagram for Business

With 24 million registered instagram users in the UK it's a powerful way to reach your customers and tell the story of your business.

Scarecrow Trail Winners Announced

Scarecrow Trail Winners Announced

The votes have been counted and the prize draw has now taken place...

OUT NOW! The Orpington 1st Magazine Winter 2019

OUT NOW! The Orpington 1st Magazine Winter 2019

Looking forward to Light Up Orpington and the Santa Dash, looking back on the town's food fest, shining a spotlight on new and established businesses, Jo Johnson's column and much more!

Calendar competition winner announced!

Calendar competition winner announced!

The winnner of the 2019 Orpington Photography Competition has been announced ahead of the release of the 2020 town calendar.

The new £20 note: What you need to know

The new £20 note: What you need to know

The Bank of England has unveiled the design of our new polymer £20 note, which will be issued on 20 February 2020.

Do you want to save money on your operating costs?

Do you want to save money on your operating costs?

As summer comes to an end and winter approaches, you’ll be setting your thermostats to keep your customers and employees warm over the colder months. The longer your heating is on and the higher the temperature, the higher your bi

LoLo: Local Loyalty. Better for Business.

LoLo: Local Loyalty. Better for Business.

Orpington 1st are delighted to introduce you to LoLo (Local Loyalty), a new and exciting local loyalty platform launching this month, which rewards people for supporting local businesses.

Areli to buy the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington

Areli to buy the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington

Rob Tincknell’s Areli Real Estate is poised to buy the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington for around £35m with plans to convert it into residential, Property Week have reported.

  Anti-Bullying Week 11 – 15 November

Anti-Bullying Week 11 – 15 November

It is estimated that in the year from April 2017 to March 2018, 17% of young people aged 10 to 15 in England were bullied in the previous 12 months in a way that made them frightened or upset.

Social Enterprise Day 21 November

Social Enterprise Day 21 November

Social Enterprise Day is an opportunity for organisations supporting the social enterprise movement to raise the profile of their own work, whether as market-builders, investors or champions of the sector

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter

The cold winter months are an extremely dangerous time for older people, especially those who live alone. The Kent Community Foundation Surviving Winter Campaign aims to tackle social isolation and make winter less lonely for olde

Students get back on-track with the help of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Students get back on-track with the help of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

After the resounding success of London South East Colleges’ first Getting Back On Track Programme (in partnership with the Mayor of London and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust), this week has seen the launch of Cohort #2 with students

the Orpington Light Up Set Menu

the Orpington Light Up Set Menu

To celebrate Light Up Orpington, the Orpington Restaurant & Record Store are offering a special Family Set Menu.

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