2018 Winners Announced


Around 500 of the county’s leading businesspeople gathered for the annual Sussex Business Awards ceremony held at The Grand Brighton on November 29th. Celebrating thirty years in 2018, the awards are the most sought-after accolade by organisations from every sector in Sussex.

This year saw a record-breaking number of nominations for each category, with representatives from sixteen towns across the county making the shortlist of fifty-one finalists. Judges had an enormously difficult task, as the entries were of such a high standard

The judging panel, chaired by Mike Herd, executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre, included representatives from Allied Irish Bank, HSBC, Mazars, Gatwick Airport, University of Sussex Business School, Red7, Coffin Mew, Clearline Recruitment, CountyClean Group, Vantage Professional Risks, LMS Group and Rockinghorse.

Mike commented: “It goes without saying that it is a huge honour to be the Chair of the 30th Sussex Business Awards.

“Each year the standard of entries gets better and better and this year was no exception. This year’s finalists are a stimulating mix of established businesses and new entrepreneurial ventures with a common thread running through them all – resilience and determination to succeed.

“Congratulations to all the winners!”.

The big winner on the night was Rayner which took home awards for Large Business of the Year and Business Innovation of the Year.

World of Books was named the overall Company of the Year winner – an award not directly entered but chosen by the judge from businesses entering SME of the Year and Large Business of the Year. The winner is crowned thus because they have excelled in every part of the awards criteria.

Other winners included Carl Fillery of Boundless (Businessperson of the Year), Paxton Access (International Business of the Year), Morgan Sindall (Corporate Fundraiser of the Year), Jeremy’s Restaurant (Food & Drink Destination of the Year), B&CE (Employer of the Year), MacConvilles Surveying (Professional Services Award), Waffle (Start-up of the Year), Rhythmix (Creative Industries Award), Mabel’s Emporium (Business in the Community Award) and Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital (Best Customer Service).

For further information or to get involved in 2019 email sussex@platinumpublishing.co.uk

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Hare, Sussex Graduate of the Year

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

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The Base Skatepark, The Award for Leisure & Tourism

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Darren Fell, Crunch, Sussex Businessperson of the Year

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Yelo Architects, The Award for Professional Services