Sussex business winners line up to take top honours

The Argus: Margaret and Peter Field (Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex), TV presenter Rachel Riley, and Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Denise Cobb Margaret and Peter Field (Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex), TV presenter Rachel Riley, and Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Denise Cobb

The cream of the county’s businesses took centre stage at a glittering awards ceremony last night.

The winners of the 25th Sussex Business Awards were unveiled at the Brighton Dome in Church Street.

More than 500 of the county’s leading business figures gathered to celebrate 25 years of business excellence.

VIPs in attendance included Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and chairman of the judges; Mike Weatherley MP; Jason Kitcat, leader of the council, and the Mayor of Brighton, Denise Cobb.

The 15 awards were presented by Countdown’s Rachel Riley.

 

The Argus:

 

The Grand Hotel Brighton was the only business to win more than one category and took home two awards – Best Customer Service and the Most Sustainable Business.

The Argus category, Best Boss of the Year, went to the co-owners of Cheesmur Building Contractors, Terry Nitman and Steve Hayman, for their inspiring story of how they turned debts of over £650k into an £10m turnover company in less than five years.

Kevin Byrne, managing director of Checkatrade.com received the top accolade of Company of the Year.

He said: “I have sat on the list of finalists for this category many times before. In the year that we celebrated one million customer reviews and approximately 500,000 website visits each month, I am delighted to be able to say that we are finally the Sussex Company of the Year.”

Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, chair of the judging panel said: “I am really impressed at the resilience of our companies and individuals in the face of a slow economic recovery and to see that, far from just staying alive, all our entrants managed to develop their businesses and increase their market share.

“To me it proves that the timely and clever decisions they made while trading through the downturn has ensured that they held their nerve and are ready to take the advantage as the economy steps up another gear.

“Their stories and achievements are all remarkable, and it was only at the end of a very long day of debate that the final list of winners for the awards emerged.”

 

The Argus:

 

 

The winners on the night were:

 

The Award for Best Customer Service Sponsored by Domestic & General

WINNER: The Grand, Brighton

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Checkatrade.com

RUNNER-UP: Classic Consulting

 

The Award for Innovation in Business Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre

WINNER: Cash Bases Limited

RUNNERS-UP: Madgex, Vent-Axia

 

The Award for Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Morrisons Solicitors

WINNER: DevAssist Ltd

RUNNERS-UP: Brighton Film School, Sussex Funeral Services

 

The Award for Leisure and Tourism Sponsored by Midnight Communications

WINNER: Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

RUNNERS-UP: Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Swan House, The Eventa Group

 

The Boss of the Year Sponsored by The Argus

WINNER: Terry Nitman and Steve Hayman, Cheesmur Building Contractors

RUNNERS-UP: Kevin Byrne (Checkatrade.com), Nikki Gatenby (Propellernet)

 

The Award for the Most Sustainable Business Sponsored by Sussex Enterprise

WINNER: The Grand, Brighton

RUNNERS-UP: Jurys Inn Brighton, Pureprint Group Limited

 

The Healthiest Workplace Award Sponsored by The Montefiore Hospital

WINNER: Domestic & General

RUNNERS-UP: European Recruitment, Madgex

 

The International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC

WINNER: Scientifica WINNER

RUNNERS-UP: Ambiental, Rainbo Supplies & Services Ltd

 

The Responsible Business Award Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com

WINNER: Jurys Inn Brighton

RUNNERS-UP: Basepoint, Clear Computing Ltd

 

The Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Heart FM

WINNER: ARCH-angels Architects

RUNNERS-UP: PSM Instrumentation Ltd, Sciensus Ltd

 

The Social Enterprise of the Year Sponsored by Legal and General

WINNER: The Big Lemon

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

RUNNERS-UP: hiSbe Food CIC, Young Start-up Talent

 

The Sussex Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Mazars

WINNER: Andrew Hookway, extech

RUNNERS-UP: Andrew Stenning (Searches UK), Terry Nitman and Steve Hayman (Cheesmur Building Contractors)

 

Sussex Company of the Year Sponsored by Morgan Sindall

WINNER: Checkatrade.com

RUNNERS-UP: Propellernet, The Eventa Group

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Business Times

WINNER: Alan Margetts (The Kitchen Store)

RUNNERS-UP: Mark Bailey (Sciensus Ltd), Matt Turner (Creative Pod Ltd), Nicola Thomas and Richard Zinzan (ARCH-angels Architects)

 

The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Sponsored by Absolute Brighton

WINNER: John Peel OBE

 

 

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12:08pm Fri 6 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

Not sure Kitwat can be considered a VIP?

Unless someone can think of a more suitable expansion of that acronym...
Not sure Kitwat can be considered a VIP? Unless someone can think of a more suitable expansion of that acronym... The Prophet of Doom

12:47pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Your corporate back-slapping is enough to make anyone vomit. What a completely useless bunch of 'awards'.
Your corporate back-slapping is enough to make anyone vomit. What a completely useless bunch of 'awards'. Cave Johnson

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