04 Nov Mayor Honours Business Success Stories
Mayor Patricia Hay-Justice told this year’s Croydon Business Excellence Awards winners they should be proud of their role in boosting the town’s economy and reputation.
She hosted a glittering reception in honour of the winners and commended businesses at the Grade II listed Victorian Town Hall on Monday, October 27.
More than 70 invited guests – including Business of the Year winner Kevin Zuchowsi-Morrison of RISE Gallery – enjoyed a wine and canape reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, before receiving their winner’s certificates.
The Mayor commended all of the businesses and paid particular tribute to Mr Zuchowski-Morrison for helping change the perception of the borough at a time of regeneration and growth.
“He has put Croydon on the arts map and turned St George’s Walk into a vibrant creative hub,” said the Mayor.
In a presentation on the gallery and his ambitious Croydon Mural Project, Mr Zuchowski-Morrison, who said it was a “real honour” to win Business of the Year, and believes his gallery has received more international coverage for the town than any other local initiative, with the exception of Croydon Tech City.
He said that footfall around the Arts Quarter in the streets surrounding the gallery had risen 400 per cent since RISE opened. And he also spoke about the next phase of the Arts Quarter, called the Croydon Mural Project, which will involve creating 30 metre high murals across 50 high rise buildings in Croydon.
“Collaboratively that makes the Croydon Mural Project the most concentrated high level mural installation in the world,” he told guests.
Katharine Glass, Managing Director of the White Label Creative, which organised the Awards in Fairfield Halls on October 1, said the achievements of all the winning and commended businesses were key to the growth of Croydon.
“We hope you will all enter the 2016 Croydon Business Excellence Awards which will launch next February,” said Ms Glass.
More than 300 successful companies attended the black-tie Croydon Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner and Charity Ball which celebrated the town’s business success stories and its transformation.