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.
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 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.
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 the Awards Launch and SME Excellence Award
GREEN NETWORK ENERGY
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.
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.