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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