Top TV comic Kevin Day to host Gala Awards Dinner & Charity Ball on October 5

Top TV comic Kevin Day to host Gala Awards Dinner & Charity Ball on October 5

Top TV comedian Kevin Day will host the 2017 gala dinner and charity ball for the Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Gatwick Airport.


The award-winning stand-up, sports pudit and writer of hit TV shows like ‘Have I Got News for You’ will compere the glittering awards ceremony at the luxurious Grand Sapphire on Thursday, October 5.

With awards entries up 50% on last year, the black-tie event is the hot ticket for Croydon’s booming business community, as they finally find out who has won the 14 category awards and the coveted title, Business of the Year.

More than 200 firms entered the 2017 awards – 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, 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.”

Tickets for Croydon’s party of the year in The Grand Sapphire on October 5, with a drinks reception, three course dinner, live music, dancing, entertainment and charity auction, are on sale now through this website (

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. They are sponsored by: Gatwick Airport, Allianz Worldwide Partners; AMP Managed Suites; Chequers Contract Services; Connected Space; London Borough of Croydon; Lark Insurance; NatWest; Superdrug; Sussex Innovation Centre; and Wing Yip; and supported by Croydon Advertiser (event media partner); Croydon Chamber of Commerce; The Grand Sapphire; Handelsbanken; and Mobile Bar Hire.