Sussex business award winners!

The winners of the 26th Sussex Business Awards were announced last night 10 December at The Grand Brighton.

Five hundred of the county’s leading business people gathered to celebrate business excellence across the region, more about with 16 awards presented by nationally-renowned comedian, Simon Evans.

Evans, who hails from Hove, handed the highly coveted title of Sussex Company of the Year to Blue Forest, a company based in Eridge Park that builds spectacular tree houses for private clients including celebrities such as Madonna and Natasha Kaplinsky.

Companies celebrating last night included Aspen Pumps of Hailsham, a water extraction business which already deals with more than 100 companies worldwide and which took the International Business of the Year accolade.

Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa collected Best Place to Entertain Your Clients, while Preston Insurance Brokers was named as the region’s Most Promising New Business. BSW Building Services, of Scaynes Hill, won The Award for Best Customer Service, while Ambiental Technical Solutions was named The Small Business of the Year.

Chair of the Judges Mike Herd said: “The standard of entries this year was higher than ever and it took a business with a real ‘wow factor’ to take the top award.

“The judges were simply blown away by Blue Forest – truly a world leader in its field with a very exciting future. Importantly, too, it retains a real commitment to Sussex, with 40 per cent of its business remaining in the region.

“This was another brilliant year – and a fantastic night – for the Sussex Business Awards which go from strength to strength. Congratulations to every business that took part because the depth and quality of entries was hugely impressive.”

Individual awards went to Boss of the Year, Matt Parkinson of Gene Commerce and to Sussex Businessperson of the Year Tracy Smith of Homes Partnership, an independent estate agent in Crawley. Liam Hackett, of Ditch the Label, was Young Sussex Businessperson of the Year.

One of the highlights of the night was The Award for the Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity, which went to Kevin Byrne, CEO of Selsey-based The award adds to a remarkable collection for Kevin who won Company of the Year at the Sussex Business Awards in 2013, Businessperson of the Year in 2012 and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

For the full list of winners, please CLICK HERE.

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“Everyone in Sussex wants to win a prestigious SBA and I was lucky enough to win on the first time around. It’s allowed HARE to approach bigger clients with confidence knowing we’re award winners…”

Hare, Sussex Graduate of the Year 2016

“We are incredibly proud to have won two awards at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards in 2016. These highly sought-after awards have been of great interest to our clients and I am proud of our team for their fantastic success…”

Haybury (formely Stelfox), International Business of the Year 2016, Award for Best Employer 2016

“Winning a SBA validates the fundamental reason why we came to be, to give Bognor Town a leisure facility which it could be proud of. It reinforces the culture within our passionate team to provide a wonderful place for young people to feel at home in an ever stressful and difficult world where youth provision is lacking…”

The Base Skatepark, The Award for Leisure & Tourism 2016

“Sussex is home to a fantastic business community, so picking up a Sussex Business Award last year was a real honour. It recognises our hard work and determination, and raises awareness of what we’re trying to achieve as a company. Industry awards such as this also help no end in attracting investment to fund our ambitious plans for growth…”

Darren Fell, Crunch, Sussex Businessperson of the Year 2016

“Winning the Professional Services award has been extremely rewarding for Yelo and helped to further raise our profile as one of the leading architecture practices in Sussex. It\'s great for our staff to receive recognition for their dedication and the quality service they provide to our clients, and the whole experience was topped by a fantastic awards evening…”

Yelo Architects, The Award for Professional Services 2016