Our Sponsors and Partners

Headline Partner

Willmott Dixon is a privately owned contracting and fit-out company. Being a large company means we have the scale to create a huge and lasting positive impact on our society. This is not only done through what we build and maintain – it is achieved through the fantastic efforts of all our people who make a major contribution to enhancing their local communities.

In 2014, this contribution saw us become the only company in our sector to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development, and in 2017 we won the SundayTimes’GivingSomethingBack award for our focus on strengthening the fabric of society.

Sponsoring Commitment to the Community

Dedicated to bringing global protection and care, Allianz Partners is the B2B2C leader in assistance and insurance solutions in the following areas of expertise: assistance, international health & life, automotive and travel insurance. These solutions, which are a unique combination of insurance, service and technology, are available to business partners or via direct and digital channels under three internationally renowned brands: Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz Care and Allianz Automotive. This global family of over 17,500 employees is present in 76 countries, speaks 70 languages and handles 44 million cases per year, protecting customers and employees on all continents.

As a company, Allianz Partners UK is extremely proud of its strong roots in Croydon, having been part of the community since 1980. Our robust Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Dare to Care, focuses on working with local projects that are important to our employees, many of whom come from the Croydon borough. We have featured in the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ a number of times, and in 2014 ranked 8th for ‘Putting Something Back into the Community’ for the second year running. Our work in the community is an important part of Allianz Partners UK and demonstrates how we place human values at the heart of the business.

Being a large local employer ourselves, we strongly believe that businesses have a duty to give something back to their local community. Sponsoring the Commitment to the Community category in the Croydon Business Excellence Awards is yet another way for us to support the area and demonstrate our own commitment to, and investment in, this exciting borough.

Sponsoring Best Business for Customer Service

AMP House Serviced Offices is built on a friendly, flexible approach to all our customers, whether prospective tenants, collaborators, contractors, suppliers or existing tenants. We know that people respond to real people who are warm, professional, reliable and helpful.

Sponsoring the Croydon Business Excellence Awards in this category, associates us with fellow real people and celebrates their dedication and hard work in this fundamental area of excellence in delivery. AMP House Serviced Offices provides serviced offices for all, with space available for 1 – 40 people, at a fantastic location, right in the heart of the East Croydon Business Hub, opposite Boxpark and East Croydon Station.

We pride ourselves on our friendly and flexible approach in meeting the modern demands for office space for small and medium sized companies and organisations in Croydon. From hot-desking, meeting rooms, short-term leases or long-term tenancies, we deliver on flexibility, reliability and exemplary customer service all at competitive rates.

Sponsoring Business Commitment to Education & Skills

Chequers Contract Services is a multi-award winning family run contractor, providing a quality facilities management service across London and the South East to clients in the housing, education, commercial and property management sectors. With over 30 years of experience, Chequers are specialists in delivering service excellence across all forms of Cleaning, Grounds Maintenance, Electrical/Building and Support Services and can now boast a commercial furniture supply service.

What began as a family window cleaning business, set up by brothers Gary and Paul Jeal, has developed into a large company with over 750 diverse members of staff and a fleet of over 190 vehicles. In 2016 Chequers partnered with One Housing to form an innovative joint-venture company Renovo, which provides a bespoke cleaning and maintenance service to vulnerable residents.

With a host of awards wins under their belt, Chequers are recognised within their industry for going the extra mile in their commitment to training, equality and environmental awareness. Driving high standards across all areas of the business, Chequers have built a reputation locally and across the South-East for scope and quality of their multi-award winning Training & Apprenticeship programmes. Chequers work closely with their clients and local communities to provide opportunities for young people that make a real, meaningful contribution to a thriving business while gaining tangible skills and experience in an increasingly competitive jobs market. A culture of up-skilling exists at Chequers across all areas of the business that encourages employees to achieve their potential.

Sponsoring Best Business for Tech & Innovation

Connected Space is a tech innovation company rooted firmly in Croydon. The company boasts a team of passionate people with hands-on experience across technology, commercial strategy, and business operations, spanning over 20 years.

Connected Space was founded in 2013 by ‘technology veterans’ Andy Poulter and Mick Robins after recognising that the the world was experiencing unparalleled levels of disruption fueled by technological advancements, and that this demanded a new kind of approach to innovation. Connected Space work as co-creators, leveraging emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial  Intelligence and IoT with companies, government and other organisations to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. As well as working with a wide variety of partners, Connected Space invests heavily  in its talent team and proprietary technology platform.

The company is growing fast and currently consists of over 50 smart specialists who are drawn from a diverse background often with unorthodox career paths. This ‘challenger’ approach is crucial to the continued success of the company because it allows for a flexibility in the way Connected Space operates which ultimately creates more creative and sustainable outcomes.

Sponsoring Inspirational Young Person Award & Love Your Local Trader award

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Sponsoring the Awards Launch and SME Excellence Award

Green Network Energy is part of a vibrant and growing Italian energy company. Founded in 2003 by two ambitious entrepreneurs, Piero Saulli and Sabrina Corbo, their goal was to challenge the Italian energy market by doing things differently. Gathering a group of enthusiastic professionals who shared their vision, the company has grown successfully in Italy, focusing on customers and giving them more choice about how they manage their energy needs.

In 2016 Green Network Energy was established in the British market and today it has been successfully growing. But more than an energy supplier, it’s also a trading desk.

Green Network Trading UK Plc is responsible for sourcing and hedging for both Green Network companies in the UK and in Italy, operating in almost ten national markets.  As market disruptor, our mission is to create an innovation-focused energy company, to add value to our customers and reinvest our profits into emerging technologies that support renewable energy.

Sponsoring Women in Business

We are the United Kingdom’s second-largest beauty and health retailer currently operating approx 800 stores in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We currently have approx 200 in-store pharmacies. Our purpose is quite simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. We are committed to bring innovation and the latest styles and trends to every high street in the UK and Republic of Ireland at fantastic prices.

As well as the best big beauty and health brands, our customers will also find a host of exclusive products that they won’t find anywhere else. Plus our Superdrug Own Brand collection is not only great value, it is excellent quality and all our beauty and toiletries Own Brand products carry the leaping bunny symbol which show they are certified by Cruelty Free International. We currently have approx 800 stores including stores in the Republic Of Ireland and employ 14,000 colleagues. Approx 200 stores have pharmacies with pharmacy consulting rooms. We currently have approx 20 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks.

A key element to our brand’s success is ensuring that our team is trained to give customers the service and quality they deserve. Through our retail training team members are given the skills, confidence and knowledge to offer customers the best beauty and health advice on the high street.

Sponsoring Entrepreneur of the Year

Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators across the South East of England. Its members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field – solving important problems in new ways. Since its foundation in 1996, it has helped more than 600 businesses of all sizes, providing them with the strategic insight to achieve high growth, and the practical resources to manage that growth sustainably.

Sussex Innovation has been headquartered on campus at the University of Sussex since 1996. It works closely with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to help drive economic growth and create jobs across the region spanning from Brighton to South London.

Building upon this vision, Sussex Innovation Croydon was opened as the institution’s first off-campus hub in 2015. Based across two floors of the iconic One Croydon building, opposite East Croydon station, the site houses more than 30 early-stage and growing companies, with many more using its co-working space and event hosting facilities on a regular basis.

In bringing the institution’s successful model of business support into Croydon, Sussex Innovation helps to connect emerging high-growth, technology- and knowledge-based businesses in the area with investor networks, mentoring and coaching, academic research resources, skilled graduates and more.

Sussex Innovation currently works with more than 150 member companies, spanning a range of sectors from the forefront of engineering and biomedical research to digital media and app development. 85% of early-stage businesses supported by the organisation reach sustainable revenue, with more than 15% going on to become multi-million-pound enterprises.

Visit www.sinc.co.uk to find out more.

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