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'Teamwork' win for weekly

The Croydon Guardian and Redhill & Reigate Life have scooped a prestigious award for “best use of teamwork” at the Best of Business Awards 2002.

The papers, both based at Newsquest’s Purley office, beat competition from two other finalists in the teamwork category and were presented with their award at a glittering ceremony held at Le Meridien, Selsdon Park Hotel.


  • Phil Gayle, Katharine Glass, Jo Gumb and Anton Syrocki at the ceremony
  • The awards are widely recognised as the premier business awards for the South East Region, with eight category awards and a ‘winner of winners’ award announced at the gala dinner, hosted by television broadcaster Phil Gayle.

    Accepting the ‘best use of teamwork’ award, which is a new category, publisher and editor Jo-Ann Gumb said: “I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the entire team at the Croydon Guardian and Redhill and Reigate Life and I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.

    “I would also like to thank our company, Newsquest, for making such a major investment in Croydon by moving us into local offices and setting up a multi-skilled team to produce a quality, free newspaper for the town, enabling us to be in Croydon, and for Croydon.”

    Among those representing the newspapers at the event were managing director, David Jones and advertisement manager, Katherine Glass.

    The other finalists in the teamwork category were Livewire PR from Kingston and Croydon Council’s cultural services department.

    Presenting the award, judges’ chairman Anton Syrocki said: “In selecting the winner, the judges were impressed by the way in which team leaders Jo-Ann Gumb and Katherine Glass had created a highly productive, innovative andsupportive team without using a rigid formal team-working template.”

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