What we did
The Croydon Business Excellence Awards were launched in February 2015 at Croydon's striking new Interchange building. All events throughout the process were decorated in line with our black and gold brand and our glittering launch was a prime example of the theme in action, even down to the drinks.
How we did it
Over 100 companies submitted entries into the 14 award categories and the awards were judged in a vigorous process featuring 25 independent judges. The awards judging was finalised at the judges' dinner that we arranged in one of Croydon's finest restaurants.
The culmination of Croydon Business Excellence Awards was the Gala Dinner and Charity Ball on Thursday 1st October, simultaneously launching the Croydon Business Month.
The black tie dinner was a spectacular event, with over 300 companies in attendance, which encapsulated the way in which the programme had taken business awards in Croydon to a new level. The evening was hosted by James Whale, accompanied by live swing band Stirling Austin, and began with a higher-or-lower competition. Our celebrity host led the ceremony as well as the prize draw and charity auction later in the evening. Showcasing some incredible Croydon-based businesses, the night was a true celebration of Croydon, as was attested by the victory of the winning company.
The drinks receptions, three course meal and awards ceremony were all accompanied by live music, including a harpist, a string quartet, and we engaged the Supreme Collective band to perform after dinner. These additions, alongside the casino and fun photo booth that set up as part of the after-dinner entertainment all contributed towards an event that we were very proud to have created.