2015 Winners Announced

A Littlehampton-based business has ‘done the double’ and been awarded the highest accolades at the annual Sussex Business Awards.

AJS Labels took the prize of Sussex Company of the Year whilst its managing director, thumb Andrew Scrimgeour, was named Sussex Businessperson of the year.

Five hundred of the county’s leading business people gathered to celebrate business excellence across the region, with 16 awards presented by ITV’s star of the Chase, Paul Sinha.

The awards were presented at The Grand Brighton which took the title of Best Place to Entertain Your Clients.

Other big winners on the night were Ridgeview Wine Estate who were named Small Business of the year whilst its CEO, Tamara Roberts, was a finalist for the Sussex Businessperson of the Year.

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive at Rockinghorse was named as the individual who made the greatest contribution to charity whilst Brighton Pride celebrated its twenty-fifth year by being named as the greatest contribution to charity by an organisation.

This year marked the first time that a ‘One to Watch’ accolade was added to the shortlist to mark a company just outside the traditional three finalists and highlight those businesses to keep a close eye on for the year to come. Seven companies were singled out for this new honour.

Mike Herd, executive director of the Sussex Innovation centre and chairman of the judges commented: “This year was a record year! With the amount of entries received, the judging process proved a difficult task. The exceptional quality of the entries really shined through, and I many worthy winners were chosen.

“Congratulations to all the winners!”

For more information on the 2016 Sussex Business Awards, email sussex@midnight.co.uk.

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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