This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 21/03/2018.
Here is how Croydon businesses can be in with a chance of winning an award
The Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2018 is launching.
It is the time of year Croydon companies have been waiting for, the borough’s biggest business awards competition is launching.
Now in its seventh year, the Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon, celebrates the successes of the borough’s business community in the last year.
The 2018 contest is launching on Wednesday (March 21).
A launch reception is taking place at Renaissance, 9-16 Dingwall Road, from 6pm to 8pm. It is being sponsored by Green Network and Renaissance and is free to attend.
Open to all business people across the borough, guests will hear inspirational speeches and details of the 2018 awards programme.
There will be an Italian theme to the evening with canapes served by Bagatti’s, the 2017 Best Business for Food and Hospitality, as well as cocktails from Mobile Bar Hire.
Whichever company wins this year’s best business prize will follow in the footsteps of car repair firm Fleetline Coachworks, which won in 2017.
Speaking on behalf of headline sponsor Willmott Dixon, Roger Forsdyke, managing director of Willmott Dixon in south London and the southern home counties, said: “We have worked in the borough for a number of years and are delighted to be one of the many businesses that contribute to making a difference for the people of Croydon.
“Therefore, it is with great pride that we are able to sponsor the Croydon Business Awards to celebrate all of their fantastic achievements.”
Sabrina Corbo, executive vice-president of Green Network Energy UK which is the launch sponsor, said: “We are about accepting challenges, doing things differently, and using our passion in our business.
“We started our careers in 2003 as a start-up and we pushed our entrepreneurial attitudes further and higher, moving into the UK in 2014 to create Green Network Energy UK.
“We believe in talent and have always supported new talent to build their professional careers.
“That’s why today we want to promote and encourage talented entrepreneurs to take the next step and be the new generation of successful businesses.
“We consider the Croydon Business Excellence Awards a great opportunity to support the best talent and the start-ups that will bring growth to Croydon.”
Since their inception, the awards have gone from strength to strength, with last year’s event attracting a record number of entries and over 450 people to the glittering awards ceremony.
The finale of the 2018 programme, the gala dinner and awards ceremony hosted by a celebrity compere at Grand Sapphire Hotel on October 4, promises be yet another hot ticket for Croydon’s business community.
As well as Willmott Dixon and Green Network Energy UK, the 2018 awards are sponsored by Allianz Partners, AMP House, Chequers Cleaning Contract Services, Superdrug, and Sussex Innovation Centre and supported by Mobile Bar Hire, and Handelsbanken.
If you would like to sponsor the awards, please contact Vivien Newbould at firstname.lastname@example.org