Develop Croydon Conference | 20th November 2018 | Croydon Park Hotel


Record number of ‘outstanding’ entries for Croydon business awards

Entrepreneurs in one of south London’s fastest growing economies are celebrating after making the 2018 Shortlist of the Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon.

A record 100 entries were shortlisted thanks to the “outstanding depth and quality” of submissions from over 80 Croydon businesses and entrepreneurs.

The independent adjudicator who drew up the list, business consultant Paul Hadfield, said this year’s exceptionally high standard made it difficult to decide who got through to the next round of judging.

“I was really impressed, not only by the number of entries but also the outstanding depth and quality of the submissions,” said Paul, who has been a business development and management training consultant for over 30 years.

“Several categories were particularly hotly contested, include SME Excellence. Women in Business and Tech and Innovation.”

Paul also praised the young entrepreneurs who entered the new Inspirational Young Person of the Year category. He commented: “These are amazing young people with great ideas, who are just going ahead and making things happen – they really impressed me.”

The other new category for 2018, Love Your Local Trader, sponsored by the London Borough of Croydon, is voted for by members of the public. People can now vote for their favourite local business by visiting and making their selection before the deadline of 21st August, 2018.

The winners, including the Croydon Business of the Year, will be announced at a glittering black-tie event, compered by a celebrity host, at the luxurious Grand Sapphire Hotel and Banqueting Hall on Thursday, 4th October. Tickets are on sale now at:

Praising the overall range and size of businesses entering the 2018 awards, Paul Hadfield noted that a significant number of larger businesses have entered this year. Many have only moved to Croydon in recent years, and Paul said this is a sign that the borough is booming.

“I think it’s a clear that Croydon is now an attractive place for larger companies to do business – which is great for the long-term growth and sustainability of the Croydon economy.”

There are still opportunities to sponsor the awards. For more information please contact Vivien Newbould at

Shortlist – Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2018

Best New Start Up

• Black & Blanc Company Ltd
• Cozy Glow
• Croydon Business Hub
• Curry On Naanstop
• Joboy
• Old Style Dating
• Saima’s Sweet Art
• The Assistant Quarters Ltd.
• The Ludoquist
• True Potential Wealth Management LLP

Best Woman in Business – Sponsored by Superdrug

• Amie McGranaghan, J’amies Gymnastics Academy
• Beatrice Schaer, MYPTtherapy
• Jennifer Hyppolyte, Beyond Expectations Wedding Services
• Julie Agbowu, All Inclusive Advice & Training
• Karen Holden, A City Law Firm
• Lenia Nascimento, TRENDYLANE
• Michelle McDonald, Hyde & Rowe Limited
• Nisha Menon, Nikasu Foods UK Ltd
• Tanya Gordon, Divas Of London

Best Business for Customer Service – Sponsored by AMP House Serviced Offices

• Bluebird Care Croydon
• Coversure Insurance Services Croydon
• Indigo
• J-Tech Systems
• Luxury Holidays Ltd
• Pitman Training Croydon
• Proctors
• REAL Transfers (UK) Ltd
• Royal Tandoori
• Top Move Estate Agents

Best Business for Tech & Innovation – Sponsored by Connected Space

• Bluebird Care Croydon
• Kingfisher APS Ltd
• Natterbox
• Cullens Clearances Ltd
• Estate Apps
• Return2Play Ltd
• J-Tech Systems
• Quintessence

Best Charity or Social Enterprise – sponsored by Chequers Contracts

• Purley Business Improvement District
• All Inclusive Advice & Training
• LSDN Croydon
• Age UK Croydon
• Historic Croydon Airport Trust
• Croydon Commitment
• Purley Cross Centre

Best Employer

• Research and Development Consulting Ltd
• Bluebird Care Croydon
• Fleetline Coachworks Ltd
• J’amies Gymnastics Academy
• Cleankill Pest Control
• Click Entertainment
• Global Resourcing Ltd
• Frontier Support Services Limited

Commitment to the Community – Sponsored by Allianz Partners

• My Super Connector
• East Croydon Cool
• SME Needs Ltd
• Croydon College
• Constant Change Company
• Silverleaf Group
• Caridon Property Ltd
• Tekkers TV / Quintessence

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre, Croydon

• Ramona Gohil, Rani & Co.
• Dexter Simms, Mula Cake
• Nisha Menon, Nikasu Foods UK Ltd
• Clarissa Smythe, Ashton Paul Limited
• Justin Owens, Silverleaf Group
• Keely Priestman, Diamond Distribution Ltd
• Dwayne Miller, Unorthodx
• Jason Antill, Pure RES Ltd

Love Your Local Trader – Sponsored by London Borough of Croydon

• expresscopy
• Heather Bailey Optometrists Ltd
• Woods Jewellers
• Nix Hair & Beauty Ltd
• Blooming Desires
• Andrew Franklin Photography
• Cakes 4 U

The Cultural Impact Award

• Boxpark Croydon
• Tempting Failure CIC
• Apsara Arts
• Matthews Yard
• Zoo Co Theatre LTD
• Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

The Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Sponsored by London Borough of Croydon

• Fabio Schifano , 25
• Imad Khan, 23
• Kasra Soltani, 21
• Laurence Grant, 25
• Michelle Williams, 23
• Rebecca Russel, 22
• Tom Martin, 19
• Tyrell Davis Doughlin, 18

The SME Excellence Award – Sponsored by Green Network Energy

• Caridon Property Ltd
• Cleankill Pest Control
• Cullens Clearances Ltd
• Edison Telecommunications
• Estate Apps
• G2G Limited
• J’amies Gymnastics Academy
• Nouveau Lashes Limited
• Proctors
• Return2Play Ltd