28th Sussex Business Awards Winners Announced

Five hundred of the county’s leading business people, including the Mayor of Brighton and Hove and Peter Kyle MP, gathered to celebrate business excellence across the region, with 17 awards presented by comedian, Simon Evans.

The winners were drawn from 42 finalists representing 27 Sussex towns.

The Awards were presented at The Grand, Brighton which was shortlisted for Best Customer Service – ultimately awarded to The Dental Barn.

The big winner on the night was Stelfox which won International Business (sponsored by Natures Way Food) and the Best Employer (sponsored by Morgan Sindall).

The accolade of Company of the Year (sponsored by Mazars) was awarded to International Logistics Group (ILG) who were one of five on the shortlist whilst last year’s winner of the Small Business of the Year, Ridgeview Wine Estate, was named as ‘One to Watch’ in the International Business category.

A number of individual awards were presented to some well-known business faces including Darren Fell, founder and CEO of the innovative Crunch Accounting, who was named Sussex Businessperson of the Year (sponsored by Heart FM).

Popular businessman Andy Cheesman from City Cabs received the award for the Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity (sponsored by The Argus). Andy sponsors a wide range of events from The Best of British to Paddle Round The Pier, Pride and Dragon Boat Racing and works tirelessly behind the scenes to help others. He has been a long-standing supporter of Downs View School, Downs View Link College and Chestnut Tree House.

A new category for 2016 was the Sussex Graduate of the Year, sponsored by the University of Sussex, to recognise the achievements of a graduate who has made an impact on a Sussex business. This award was preseented to Chris O’Hare, the MD of Hare Digital, a digital strategy company that he has built from scratch and now employs 11 people.

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 many worthy winners were chosen.

“Congratulations to all the winners!”

2016 Sponsors included Mazars, Morgan Sindall, HSBC, Southern Rail, Vantage Professional Risks, Checkatrade.com, Sussex Innovation Centre, Checkaprofessional.com, Wealden District Council, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, University of Sussex, Natures Way Food, Coffin Mew, The Argus, Platinum Business, Heart FM and Title Sussex.

For the full list of winners, please CLICK HERE.

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\"It was a great honour, privilege and I have to say surprise to win two awards. We have an enviable reputation in the UK but to be benchmarked against the very best in Sussex - wow that was quite something! It was very motivating for all our staff but especially our young but talented management team. It has also improved our profile and reputation both locally and nationally.\"

AJS Labels, Sussex Company of the Year 2015

\"It has had a positive impact on our now national profile and has been pivotal in securing contracts wins from on our doorstep to as far afield the west country to the north west and the north east. It has provided staff with a boost to morale and generated great PR for both Burleys and our key clients!\"

Burleys, Innovation in Business 2015

\"Winning has helped raise the profile of our business in and beyond Sussex.  It not only reflects the hard work and dedication of all our staff but highlights the quality of our sparkling wines and the exciting future for our industry.

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Small Business of the Year 2015

\"It was an incredible experience, Being involved in the process was great and I had the opportunity to meet with other business professionals also striving for excellence in the industry in which they operate.  This year we are hoping that we’ll win an award which recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment of the whole team.\"

Searches UK, Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

\"Winning the award last year was especially poignant as I had no idea I was even in the running! To receive any award is rightly considered a great achievement, but to win a Sussex Business Award holds greater resonance given the status of the awards in our region.\"

Rockinghorse, Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity 2015

\"It meant a lot to Allergy Therapeutics and validates our commitment to be a leading pharmaceutical company and healthcare provider. Receiving this prestigious award was exciting and motivating for the entire team and we wish all 2016 entrants the best of luck.\"

Allergy Therapeutics, International Business of the Year 2015

\"The Sussex Business Awards are the benchmark for successful organisations in Sussex and I always find it uplifting to see so many great businesses and business people being recognised for their achievements. There is no doubt that winning an award becomes a kind of shorthand for your professionalism and credibility. I am still surprised at the genuine opportunities the Awards have given us.\"

The Kitchen Store, Boss of the Year 2015

\"We were incredibly proud to win. As a firm at Bennett Griffin we strive to provide specialist professional services together with the highest level of customer care to all our clients and this award recognised the work undertaken by all our staff to achieve that .\"

Bennett Griffin LLP, Professional Services Award 2015