Croydon Business Excellence Awards entries up by 50 per cent

Croydon Business Excellence Awards entries up by 50 per cent

The shortlist has been announced for the record-breaking Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2017 in association with Gatwick Airport.

Entries to the borough's premier awards rose by an astonishing 50% on last year, with more than 200 entries across 14 categories.

More than 85 businesses have now been shortlisted and go forward to the second round of judging in September.

The new Women in Business and Cultural Impact categories proved particularly popular, attracting a high number of entries from across the borough.

The independent adjudicator who drew up the shortlist, Ross Sturley of business consultants, Chart Lane, says the standard of entry across the board this year is outstanding.

Mr Sturley said: "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 quality improving across the board. It was particularly good to see such great entries in the new categories too – Women in Business, and Cultural Impact. Entries in those two categories were fantastic, with some amazing stories. I wish all the shortlist the very best of luck!"

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.

Each shortlisted company will now be invited to submit a second round application form before the judging day interviews in September.

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: www.croydonawards.co.uk/gala-dinner

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

The full shortlist is:

  • Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Croydon College
  • Estate Apps
  • Fleetline Coachworks Ltd
  • JAM Hair
  • Kinghams of Croydon
  • Parch Hill

Best Business for Food and Hospitality

  • Bagatti's Italian
  • Crown & Pepper Croydon
  • Les Deux Amis
  • POPTATA
  • The Sandrock Bar & Pizzeria
  • Yumn Brasserie

Best Business for Marketing and Social Media

  • Coversure Insurance Croydon
  • Estate Apps
  • Flower Girl London
  • Hawk Wargames Ltd
  • McCarthys Cars UK Ltd
  • Origional Flava
  • Parch Hill
  • RocknRoller – Roller Disco Ltd
  • Skillz UK Ltd
  • Whats Local Today Ltd

Best Business for Employee Training and Development

  • Bluebird Care Croydon
  • ITC Concepts
  • Martek Contracts
  • Parch Hill
  • Plan Insurance
  • Top Move Estate Agents

Best Charity or Social Enterprise

  • Citizens Advice Croydon
  • Evolve Housing & Support
  • LIVES NOT KNIVES
  • London Learning Consortium
  • New Addington Pathfinders
  • New Addington Carnival
  • Purley BID CIC
  • Raising Great Aspirations
  • StartUp Croydon
  • The HIVE Croydon

Best SME Business

  • Bluebird Care Croydon
  • Caridon Property Ltd
  • Cleankill Pest Control
  • Coversure Insurance Croydon
  • Cressey College
  • Croft Structural Engineers Ltd
  • Diamond Distribution Ltd
  • Estate Apps
  • MyPTstudio
  • Parch Hill

Best Start Up Business

  • 365 Cleaners Ltd
  • Bespoke Mediation Service
  • Crowdfund 360
  • Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge
  • Return2Play
  • Shaking Hands
  • The Sandrock Bar & Pizzeria
  • TMRW HUB
  • Unicorn Events Ltd
  • Yumn Boxpark

Commitment to the Community

  • Central Parade Business Partnership Ltd (CPBP)
  • Cressey College
  • J'amies Gymnastic Academy (JGA)
  • Kinghams of Croydon
  • MJB Security Solutions Ltd
  • NatWest PLC
  • Purley BID CIC
  • Purley Festival
  • Skillz UK Ltd
  • SME Needs Ltd

Cultural Impact Award

  • Crown & Pepper Croydon
  • Croydon Art Society
  • Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation
  • Elizabeth James Gallery
  • Inspired Homes
  • London Mozart Players
  • Theatre Utopia
  • Thornton Heath Arts
  • Undercroydon
  • Whitgift School

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • 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

Independent Retailer of the Year

  • Coulsdon Auto Parts & Accessories
  • Freshfields Market
  • Laz Spezia
  • McCarthys Cars UK Ltd
  • Woods Jewellers

Tech Innovation of the Year

  • Aio
  • Croydon College & University Centre Croydon
  • Crystalusion Limited
  • Natterbox
  • Return2Play Ltd
  • Safe In Sound App Limited

Women in Business

  • 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

For more information visit: www.croydonawards.co.uk