Journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer will welcome guests to the glittering Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2016 Gala Dinner and Charity Ball on 6th October.
The talkRadio host will introduce the biggest annual celebration of Croydon's business successes and achievements at an exciting new venue, the ultra-luxurious Grand Sapphire.
And with tickets selling fast, the spectacular purpose-built hotel and events venue, which boasts three premium halls, promises an unrivalled evening of entertainment and excitement.
More than 60 businesses have been shortlisted across 15 different categories for the prestigious Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2016 in association with Gatwick Airport. All are also in contention to take the night's biggest prize, Croydon's Best Business of the Year, which was won in 2015 by RISEgallery.
David Carr of Grand Sapphire said: "This year's Gala Awards and Charity Ball is set to be a huge success. We look forward to welcoming all the honourable guests and finalists to what promises to be a great night."
As well as the awards ceremony itself, a prestigious guest list will enjoy a sparkling evening of networking and entertainment including a three-course meal with wine, a celebrity host, live music, a charity auction, dancing to a DJ until 1am and a fun photo booth.
Guests on the evening, a White Label initiative, will also be helping to raise money for the Mayor of Croydon, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor's chosen charities for his year in office – The Stanley People's Initiative, Croydon Commitment, and The British Home. The Mayor expressed his delight that funds raised at the Gala Dinner and Charity Ball will be going towards his charities. He added that he also felt Croydon is on the brink of enjoying a bright new future.
"I've chosen business, arts and culture as the theme for my year because I passionately believe Croydon's best years are ahead of us," said the Mayor. "Our time really is now - Croydon is the place to be."
As well as Gatwick Airport, the awards partners for 2016 are Allianz Global Assistance, Croydon Advertiser, Croydon Chamber of Commerce, Croydon Council, Croydon Partnership, Handelsbanken, Keltbray, Platinum Business Magazine, StartUp Croydon, Sussex Innovation Croydon and Wing Yip.
Tickets are priced £145 (shortlisted companies £125), £1,295 per table of 10 (shortlisted companies £1,100), and £1,560 per premium table (shortlisted companies £1,265). Prices exclude VAT. To book visit www.croydonawards.co.uk/gala-dinner