Croydon businesses praised for their community spirit at Awards

Croydon businesses praised for their community spirit at Awards

Croydon’s businesses won praise for their community minded spirit and their contribution to the local economy at the 2018 Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon.

Over 400 people attended the sparkling Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony and Charity Ball, hosted by TV presenter Michael Underwood at The Grand Sapphire Hotel Banqueting Hall on Thursday, 4th October.

Despite a slight delay at the start thanks to a World War Two bomb being unearthed near the hotel, everyone agreed the evening went off with a bang!

There were inspirational speeches praising Croydon’s ambitious and community minded businesses, by Mayor of Croydon Councillor Bernadette Khan; Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Budget and Strategic Policy, Councillor Tony Newman; as well as Clive Fuller, Director of headline sponsor Willmott Dixon.

Twelve category awards were presented over the evening, including the premier prize, Croydon’s Business of the Year, which went to Bluebird Care, which delivers homecare and support services across the borough.

Delighted Bluebird Care Director Dean Slade told guests: “This is a big surprise. We have 60 staff who provide excellent care to the borough of Croydon. I really want to thank them all as they make this business great. Hopefully this award will encourage more people to think about becoming care assistants, because it’s a great career.”

There was a theme throughout the night of giving back to the community. Clive Fuller, New Business Director of headline sponsor Willmott Dixon (pictured above)  and a judge in the awards process, praised Croydon’s businesses for their community spirit and asked them to think how they could support more of the local community.

He said: “We have been very active in Croydon over the last five years, delivering over £150million of improvements and expansions to the education provision. But we are also a business contractor with a heart that wants to make a difference and that is why we decided to sponsor these awards. When we work in a community we want to leave a positive impact. So for me, to be here tonight with like-minded businesses is a pleasure – it has been an honour to hear your stories and an honour to read your applications for the awards and it is great to hear you are making a difference.”

Thanking the sponsors and the businesses contributing to Croydon’s economy and growth, Croydon Council Leader Tony Newman said: “There are billions of pounds of investment coming into our borough at the moment. Croydon is now the eighth largest city in the country, with a population approaching 400,000, and 93,000 young people. Everything we can all do to give those people a strong future and a career to be proud of, is hugely important.”

Two new community awards, sponsored by London Borough of Croydon, were presented over the evening. They are Love Your Local Trader, won by Nix Hair and Beauty of South Norwood, and Inspirational Young Person of the Year, won by Laurence Grant, co-founder of networking company Shaking Hands.
Laurence commented: “It’s been amazing to start a business where your job is to go out and make friends with people. I want to give a shout out to my team and one really big cheer to, not only for the council, who I think do an amazing job for Croydon, but also to White Label, the awards organisers, for uplifting the Croydon business community with events like the Food Festival, the Business Expo, and the Awards. We are really grateful to be part of such an amazing community.”

A raffle and charity auction compered by host Michael Underwood raised money in aid of Croydon Commitment and the Mayor of Croydon’s chosen charity, Cancer Research UK. Katharine Glass, Managing Director of Awards organiser, White Label, thanked everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and auction. She also thanked all of the sponsors who made the entire event possible.

Guests at the reception enjoyed a sparkling reception sponsored by Handeslbanken, followed by a three-course dinner with wine, and an after party with a casino, fun photo booth and dancing to live music by City Limits.

*The fourth annual Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon celebrates the achievements of the borough’s vibrant business community. The awards are sponsored by Willmott Dixon, Allianz Partners, AMP House Serviced Offices, Chequers Contracts Croydon, Connected Space, Green Network Energy, London Borough of Croydon, Superdrug, and Sussex Innovation Centre and supported by Costco Croydon, Croydon Advertiser, Croydon Chamber of Commerce, Grand Sapphire, Handelsbanken, Insight 6, Mobile Bar Hire and Woods Jewellers.

All the pictures from the evening can be found through the Home Page of this website.

The 2018 Croydon Business Excellence Awards Winners:

Business of the Year sponsored by Willmott Dixon

Winner – Bluebird Care Croydon

Best New Start Up

Winner – Cozy Glow
Highly Commended – The Ludoquist
Commended – Black & Blanc Company Ltd

Women in Business sponsored by Superdrug

Winner – Julie Agbowu, All Inclusive Advice & Training
Highly Commended – Louise Hazelden, LAH PROPERTY MARKETING LTD
Commended – Michelle McDonald, Hyde & Rowe Limited

Best Business for Customer Service sponsored by AMP House Serviced Offices

Winner – Bluebird Care Croydon
Highly Commended – Coversure Insurance Services Croydon
Commended – Indigo

Best Business for Tech & Innovation sponsored by Connected Space

Winner – Kingfisher APS
Highly Commended – Cullens Clearances Ltd
Commended – Natterbox

Best Charity or Social Enterprise sponsored by Chequers Contracts

Winner – All Inclusive Advice & Training
Highly Commended – Croydon Commitment
Commended – Age UK Croydon

Best Employer

Winner – Cleankill Pest Control
Highly Commended – Bluebird Care Croydon
Commended – Frontier Support Services Limited

Commitment to the Community sponsored by Allianz Partners

Winner sponsored by Caridon Property
Highly Commended – Croydon College
Highly Commended – My Super Connector
Commended – East Croydon Cool

Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre, Croydon

Winner – Justin Owens, Silverleaf Group
Highly Commended – Dexter Simms, Mula Cake
Commended – Jason Antill, Pure RES Ltd

Love Your Local Trader sponsored by London Borough of Croydon

Winner – Nix Hair & Beauty
Highly Commended – Andrew Franklin Photography
Commended – Heather Bailey Optometrists Ltd

The Cultural Impact Award

Winner – Croydonites Festival of New Theatre
Highly Commended – Zoo Co Theatre LTD
Commended – Apsara Arts

The Inspirational Young Person of the Year – London Borough of Croydon

Winner – Laurence Grant, Shaking Hands
Highly Commended – Fabio Schifano, Croydon Council
Commended – Rebecca Russel, Croydon College

The SME Excellence Award – Green Network Energy

Winner – Nouveau Lashes
Highly Commended – Return2Play Ltd
Commended – Cleankill Pest Control