MORE than 40 local businesses are going head to head in the finals of the Croydon Business Awards.
Nearly 100 companies entered the main awards, organised by South London Business, with more than 800 further businesses nominated via text in the additional Shop Local categories.
The shortlists have now been announced with five finalists competing for the Best Business for Community Contribution award.
They are Chequers Contract Services, Streets Ahead, Futures Supplies, InJoy! and PJ Community Services.
Futures Supplies and Support Services Ltd is a local family-run distributor of sustainable washroom, cleaning and janitorial products has been shortlisted in not one but four categories including ‘Best Mediun Sized Business’.
It has a long record in supporting young unemployed people into work.
Mandie Kemp, managing director, said it was possible to run a profitable and successful business and change lives through supporting the local community.
Results will be announced at a gala dinner on April 13.
Major sponsors of the awards include: Barclays Business, Wing Yip, Rowland Brothers, Fairfield Halls, Croydon Park Hotel, zebra IT, Lloyds TSB Commercial, Whitgift School, Zurich Insurance, Croydon Park Hotel, Owadally and King, and ITC Concepts.