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Awards Season 2022

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It appears to be Awards season for us here at StartUp Croydon and, making the most of it, we were delighted to attend the Croydon Business Awards on November 9th for the first in-person awards event since 2019.

We are fierce supporters of this occasion and always enjoy meeting up with stakeholders, which include some of our volunteers, service users and friends. White Label, the organisers of the awards, delivered the ceremony at Legacy Youth Club in the north of the borough and kept us well fed from local caterers, and with entertainment provided by young people who attend Legacy.

StartUp Croydon had been shortlisted for Best Charity, but unfortunately, we did not win. However, we were absolutely thrilled that our tenant, Children’s Hospital Pyjamas (CHP), won the award!

Charmain Green is the founder of the organisation which encompasses 55 volunteers all across the country who collect brand new pyjamas to distribute nationally to hospitals and women’s refuges for children who arrive at these facilities without anything.

Charmain and her main team have been residents at StartUp Croydon for just over one year, which has given Charmain and her family their front room back, as it was home to around 3000 pyjama donations!

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From a marketing perspective, it’s well known that becoming award-winning can make a big difference to the perception and future growth, so we are delighted that our tenants have won this recognition. Congratulations to the entire team at CHP!

We are also thrilled to be attending the National Enterprise Conference and award ceremony, where StartUp Croydon has been shortlisted for Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year, and our Project Manager, Geoff Ranson, has been recognised for his contribution to developing and delivering the BOXPARK project, being shortlisted for Enterprise Support Champion of the Year.

Entering awards helps you to look back on what you have achieved over the previous year. It can raise morale within your team and raises the bar against your competitors. Awards can be sector-specific or location orientated, so look out for opportunities to celebrate your achievements and wish us luck as we hope to win national recognition for our local work supporting the economy.

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