Over 400 people attended the sparkling Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony and Charity Ball, at The Grand Sapphire Hotel Banqueting Hall on Thursday, 4th October.
In spite of a World War Two bomb being unearthed nearby, nothing could stop the party going off with a bang! After a slight delay, the festivities, hosted by TV presenter Michael Underwood, got underway.
There were inspirational speeches praising Croydon’s ambitious and community minded businesses, by Councillor Bernadette Khan, Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Tony Newman, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Budget and Strategic Policy, and Clive Fuller, Director of headline sponsor Willmott Dixon.
Twelve category awards were presented over the evening – the winners are pictured celebrating above – including the premier prize, Croydon’s Business of the Year, which went to Bluebird Care, which delivers homecare and support services across the borough.
Delighted Director Dean Slade told guests: “This is a big surprise. We have 60 staff who provide excellent care to the borough of Croydon. I really want to thank them all as they make this business great. Hopefully this award will encourage more people to think about becoming care assistants, because it’s a great career.”
Two new community awards, sponsored by London Borough of Croydon, were presented over the evening. They are Love Your Local Trader, won by Nix Hair and Beauty of South Norwood, and Inspirational Young Person of the Year, won by Laurence Grant, co-founder of networking company Shaking Hands.
Laurence commented: “It’s been amazing to start a business where your job is to go out and make friends with people. I want to give a shout out to my team and one really big cheer to, not only for the council, who I think do an amazing job for Croydon, but also to White Label, the awards organisers, for uplifting the Croydon business community with events like the Food Festival, the Business Expo, and the Awards. We are really grateful to be part of such an amazing community.”
A raffle and charity auction compered by host Michael Underwood raised money in aid of Croydon Commitment and the Mayor of Croydon’s chosen charity, Cancer Research UK. Katharine Glass, Managing Director of Awards organiser, White Label, thanked everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and auction.
Guests at the reception enjoyed a sparkling reception sponsored by Handeslbanken, a three-course dinner with wine, a casino, a fun photo booth and dancing to live music by City Limits.
*The fourth annual Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon celebrates the achievements of the borough’s vibrant business community. The awards are sponsored by Willmott Dixon, Allianz Partners, AMP House Serviced Offices, Chequers Contracts Croydon, Connected Space, Green Network Energy, London Borough of Croydon, Superdrug, and Sussex Innovation Centre and supported by Costco Croydon, Croydon Advertiser, Croydon Chamber of Commerce, Grand Sapphire, Handelsbanken, Insight 6, Mobile Bar Hire and Woods Jewellers.
The 2018 Croydon Business Excellence Awards Winners:
Business of the Year sponsored by Willmott Dixon
Winner – Bluebird Care Croydon
Best New Start Up
Winner – Cozy Glow
Highly Commended – The Ludoquist
Commended – Black & Blanc Company Ltd
Women in Business sponsored by Superdrug
Winner – Julie Agbowu, All Inclusive Advice & Training
Highly Commended – Louise Hazelden, LAH PROPERTY MARKETING LTD
Commended – Michelle McDonald, Hyde & Rowe Limited
Best Business for Customer Service sponsored by AMP House Serviced Offices
Winner – Bluebird Care Croydon
Highly Commended – Coversure Insurance Services Croydon
Commended – Indigo
Best Business for Tech & Innovation sponsored by Connected Space
Winner – Kingfisher APS
Highly Commended – Cullens Clearances Ltd
Commended – Natterbox
Best Charity or Social Enterprise sponsored by Chequers Contracts
Winner – All Inclusive Advice & Training
Highly Commended – Croydon Commitment
Commended – Age UK Croydon
Winner – Cleankill Pest Control
Highly Commended – Bluebird Care Croydon
Commended – Frontier Support Services Limited
Commitment to the Community sponsored by Allianz Partners
Winner sponsored by Caridon Property
Highly Commended – Croydon College
Commended – My Super Connector
Commended – East Croydon Cool
Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre, Croydon
Winner – Justin Owens, Silverleaf Group
Highly Commended – Dexter Simms, Mula Cake
Commended – Jason Antill, Pure RES Ltd
Love Your Local Trader sponsored by London Borough of Croydon
Winner – Nix Hair & Beauty
Highly Commended – Andrew Franklin Photography
Commended – Heather Bailey Optometrists Ltd
The Cultural Impact Award
Winner – Croydonites Festival of New Theatre
Highly Commended – Zoo Co Theatre LTD
Commended – Apsara Arts
The Inspirational Young Person of the Year – London Borough of Croydon
Winner – Laurence Grant, Shaking Hands
Highly Commended – Fabio Schifano, Croydon Council
Commended – Rebecca Russel, Croydon College
The SME Excellence Award – Green Network Energy
Winner – Nouveau Lashes
Highly Commended – Return2Play Ltd
Commended – Cleankill Pest Control