An entrepreneur has received a prestigious award.

Businessman Hugh Burnett has been awarded the exclusive Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Mr Burnett was presented with the honour by the Queen at a special reception held in Buckingham Palace.

The award is only given to those with the highest level of excellence who have played a significant role in promoting enterprise skills and encouraging UK entrepreneurship.

Mr Burnett has been actively involved with regeneration in Newhaven and East Sussex for a number of years, all on an unpaid basis.

On retirement from his position as executive chairman of Cash Bases Ltd in 2004, he used his own funds to acquire a 23,000sqft facility in Newhaven to create a charity promoting enterprise in the sector.

Enterprise Works provides incubator space and support to fledging businesses.

Mr Burnett has devoted time to promoting learning, training and development of the businesses involved and his achievement is demonstrated by the fact that no business that has received support from Enterprise Works has yet failed.

Mr Burnett was nominated for this award by Lewes District Council.

Council leader James Page said: “It was a pleasure and honour accompanying Hugh to the awards ceremony and seeing his tireless efforts in Newhaven and beyond recognised.”

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