2017 Awards to launch April 25 with fun & free party at The View

2017 Awards to launch April 25 with fun & free party at The View

Give your company the winning edge in 2017 – join the fabulous launch party for Croydon’s biggest and best business event.

The new look Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with London Gatwick Airport will kick off at a fun and completely free Big Game evening at The View in The Whitgift Centre on Tuesday, April 25.  Business people across the borough are invited to the spectacular 9th floor venue from 6pm to 8pm to learn about the innovative 2017 awards, enjoy free drinks and snacks, and test their competitive Big Game skills.

Croydon’s most prestigious and successful event has been given a major makeover for 2017. There are brilliant new categories, including an exciting new Culture Award and a new Women in Business Award sponsored by Superdrug.

An all-new Local Business Award, featuring a parallel Shop Local competition, will be launched to reward firms in each of Croydon’s six main districts. Another innovative element for this year is the appointment of Business Awards Ambassadors, who will advise and encourage businesses throughout the awards entry process.

“The 2017 Awards promise to be the best ever with new exciting new features aimed at helping Croydon’s booming business community share and celebrate their successes and achievements,” said Katharine Glass, managing director of organisers, White Label.  “We hope as many business people as possible join us at the launch party in The View, for a brilliant evening of fun, refreshments and networking.”

To register for the launch event, contact Natasha Miller at nmiller@wlcreative.org.uk or book direct online at:  https://2017cbealaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

London Gatwick Airport is once more headline sponsor for the biggest event on Croydon’s business calendar. Urging businesses to enter the 2017 awards, Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement at Gatwick said: “We are delighted to be headline sponsors again this year and look forward to celebrating the best of business in Croydon. With Gatwick Airport so accessible to Croydon it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to build links with the Croydon business community.”

The awards are free to enter, with easy-to-follow online registration. The two-stage judging process is robust and impartial, with shortlisted companies invited to a coaching workshop prior to the final Judging Day in May.  The winners will be announced, along with the overall Business of the Year, at a glittering black-tie Gala Dinner and Charity Ball in the ultra-luxurious Grand Sapphire on Thursday, October 5.

As well as Gatwick Airport, the 2017 awards are supported by: London Borough of Croydon, Allianz Global Assistance, Wing Yip, Chequers Cleaning Contract Services, Superdrug, Mobile Bar Hire, Croydon Chamber, Croydon Advertiser, Handelsbanken and Grand Sapphire.

The full list of categories are:
• Business of the Year
• Best SME Business
• Best Business for Customer Service
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Commitment to the Community
• Best Start Up Business
• Best Business for Training and Development
• Best Food Trader
• Best Local Business
• Best Business for Marketing and Social Media
• Apprentice Provider of the Year
• Best Charity or Social Enterprise
• Women in Business
• Tech Innovation of the Year
• Best Culture and Arts Project (tbc)

The cream of Croydon’s business community came together for the 2016 awards (see picture above), hosted by broadcaster and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer, at the Grand Sapphire. Over 60 firms made the shortlist, with Hewitts of Croydon, who were celebrating their 150th anniversary, being chosen as Business of the Year.

To find out more and to register for the launch event, contact Natasha Miller at nmiller@wlcreative.org.uk Follow us on Twitter @croydonawards