THE winners of this year's Croydon Business Awards were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday night.
Martek Contracts Ltd, based in New Addington, took home the most prestigious award of the night, for Croydon's best overall business.
Earlier in the evening, it had been named best green business – one of nine category awards handed out.
Other winners included best new business Gooey UK Ltd, which has enjoyed success in the aviation sector, Catherine Johnstone Recruitment, which was named the best business for customer service, and Purley-based Phase 1 Enterprise Ltd, which took home the spolis in the commitment to the community category.
The best medium-sized business, which was judged by Advertiser editor Glenn Ebrey, was won by SLE Ltd, a South Croydon firm led by Bernard Nelligan which designs and manufactures neonatal ventilators.
Byron Cole, from BLC Property Services Ltd, won the real-life entrepreneur award, while his firm also triumphed in the best business for work-related learning and employment for young people section. The gala awards ceremony took place at Fairfield Halls, attended by more than 200 people.
This is the third year of the awards, which are organised by the business support group South London Business and sponsored by Barclays.
Read next week's Advertiser for a full report on the business awards and reaction from the winners.