The Love Your Local Trader award is open to businesses with a shop front in Croydon’s district centres, which include Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Thornton Heath, South Norwood, Coulsdon, Addiscombe, Crystal Palace and Central Croydon.

Sanderstead trader Jacqui Marola of Jam Hair, the 2016 Croydon Independent Retailer of the Year Award winner, thinks the new Love Your Local Trader category is a great way of recognising independent retailers.

“It’s a really great idea for a new award – I will definitely be entering,” said Jacqui.

“Sanderstead is a lovely local community and a great place to have a business – it would be good to give the area some publicity too.”

Jam Hair managing director Jacqui Marola, left, 2016 Croydon Independent Retailer of the Year Award

Jacqui says winning the 2016 Independent Retailer award gave her business, her clients, and her staff a boost. One of the best things was that our customers loved the fact we won an award, which in turn made the team feel very special – so it was a real win-win for us.”

To find out more or apply to the free-to-enter awards programme, including Love Your Local Trader, visit: www.croydonawards.co.uk

The 2018 Awards Categories

• Best Business for Customer Service

• Best Business for Tech & Innovation

• Best Charity or Social Enterprise

• Best Employer

• Best New Start Up

• Business Commitment to Education and Skills

• Commitment to the Community

• Entrepreneur of the Year

• Love Your Local Traders

• The Cultural Impact Award

• Inspirational Young Person of the Year

• The SME Excellence Award

• Women in Business

• Business of the Year

* The fourth annual Croydon Business Excellence Awards is now open for entries. The closing date is 5pm, Friday, 15th June 2018.

Designed to celebrate 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, Croydon Chamber, Green Network Energy, London Borough of Croydon, Superdrug, and Sussex Innovation Centre and supported by Costco Croydon, Croydon Advertiser, Grand Sapphire, Handelsbanken, and Mobile Bar Hire.