Shortlist Announced for record-breaking 2017 Awards

Shortlist Announced for record-breaking 2017 Awards

Entries to the 2017 Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Gatwick Airport rose by an astonishing 50% on last year.

The borough’s premier awards attracted applications from more than 200 businesses across 14 categories. From these, a shortlist of 85 businesses will now go forward to the second round of judging in September.

The independent adjudicator who drew up the shortlist, Ross Sturley of business consultants Chart Lane, says the standard of entry this year was outstanding. Wishing the shortlisted firms the best of luck for the next round, he commented: “The Croydon Business Excellence Awards go from strength to strength. This year’s crop of entries were even harder to judge than last year’s with the quality improving right across the board. It was particularly good to see the entries in the new Women in Business and Cultural Impact categories – they were really fantastic, with some amazing stories.”

The Croydon Business Excellence Awards recognise and reward the successes and achievements of the borough’s booming business community, the fastest growing economy in the UK.

The category winners and overall Croydon Business of the Year will be announced at a glittering black-tie event at the Grand Sapphire on Thursday October 5.

Tickets for Croydon’s party of the year, with a three course dinner, live music, dancing and entertainment, are on sale now at:

The awards are supported by: Gatwick Airport, Croydon Advertiser (event media partner); London Borough of Croydon; Allianz Global Assistance; Croydon Chamber; Connected Space; Superdrug; Lark Insurance; Wing Yip; Sussex Innovation Centre; Chequers Contract Services; Handelsbanken; Mobile Bar Hire; and Grand Sapphire.

The full CBEA 2017 Shortlist:

Best Business for Staff Training and Development
Bluebird Care Croydon
ITC Concepts
Martek Contracts
Parch Hill
Plan Insurance
Top Move Estate Agents

Best Business for Customer Service – Sponsored by AMP Managed Suites
Bluebird Care Croydon
Bryden Johnson
Cleankill Pest Control
JAM Hair
J’amies Gymnastic Academy (JGA)
Kinghams of Croydon
McCarthys Cars UK Ltd
REAL Transfers (UK) Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Croydon
Amber Bauer, Donate4Refugees
Amie McGrenaghan, J’amies Gymnastic Academy (JGA)
Baskar, Baachu
Jez Nolan, Ingenious
Kulsum Hussein, Welcome Skills
Mario Carrozzo, Caridon Group
Omar Ali, Parch Hill
Roger Wade, Boxpark Croydon

Best Business for Food and Hospitality – Sponsored by Wing Yip
Bagatti’s Italian
Crown & Pepper Croydon
Les Deux Amis
The Sandrock Bar & Pizzeria
Yumn Brasserie

Apprentice Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Chequers Contract Services
Croydon College
Estate Apps
Fleetline Coachworks Ltd
JAM Hair
Kinghams of Croydon
Parch Hill

Women in Business – Sponsored by Superdrug
Amie McGrenaghan, J’amies Gymnastic Academy (JGA)
Beatrice Schaer, MYPTtherapy
Helen Hampton, Popchoir
Jackie Wilding, Bryden Johnson
Jacqui Marola, JAM Hair
Keely Priestman, Diamond Distribution Ltd
Lucile de Carbonnieres, Return2Play
Rachel McGuinness, Fleetline Coachworks Ltd
Sherrelle Collman, Caridon Landlord Solutions
Yuliana Topazly, My Outspace Business Centre

Best SME Business – Sponsored by London Borough of Croydon
Bluebird Care Croydon
Caridon Property Ltd
Cleankill Pest Control
Coversure Insurance Croydon
Cressey College
Croft Structural Engineers Ltd
Diamond Distribution Ltd
Estate Apps
Parch Hill

Best Business for Marketing and Social Media
Coversure Insurance Croydon
Estate Apps
Flower Girl London
Hawk Wargames Ltd
McCarthys Cars UK Ltd
Original Flava
Parch Hill
RocknRoller – Roller Disco Ltd
Skillz UK Ltd
Whats Local Today Ltd

Best Start Up Business
365 Cleaners Ltd
Bespoke Mediation Service
Crowdfund 360
Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge
Shaking Hands
The Sandrock Bar & Pizzeria
Unicorn Events Ltd
Yumn Boxpark

Independent Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Lark Insurance
Coulsdon Auto Parts & Accessories
Freshfields Market
Laz Spezia
McCarthys Cars UK Ltd
Woods Jewellers

Best Charity or Social Enterprise
Citizens Advice Croydon
Evolve Housing & Support
London Learning Consortium
New Addington Pathfinders
New Addington Carnival
Purley BID CIC
Raising Great Apsirations
StartUp Croydon
The HIVE Croydon

Tech Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Connected Space
Croydon College & University Centre Croydon
Crystalusion Limited
Return2Play Ltd
Safe In Sound App Limited

Commitment to the Community – Sponsored by Allianz Worldwide Partners
Central Parade Business Partnership Ltd (CPBP)
Cressey College
J’amies Gymnastic Academy (JGA)
Kinghams of Croydon
MJB Security Solutions Ltd
NatWes PLC
Purley BID CIC
Purley Festival
Skillz UK Ltd
SME Needs Ltd

Cultural Impact Award – Sponsored by RISE Gallery
Crown & Pepper Croydon
Croydon Art Society
Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation
Elizabeth James Gallery
Inspired Homes
London Mozart Players
Theatre Utopia
Thornton Heath Arts
Whitgift School