2017 Winners


The Award for Innovation in Business
Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
WINNER: QED (Sustainable Urban Developments)
ONE TO WATCH: The Security Bureau
FINALIST: Frontier Pitts Ltd

The Responsible Business Award
Sponsored by The Goodhall Foundation
WINNER: SJM Electrical Services
FINALIST: Wave Leisure Trust Ltd
FINALIST: Lewes Community Screen
FINALIST: Search Seven Ltd

The Award for Healthiest Workplace
Sponsored by Legal & General
WINNER: Haybury
FINALIST: The Float Spa

The Best Place to Entertain Your Clients
Sponsored by Title Sussex
WINNER: Hotel Du Vin Brighton
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Plumpton Racecourse
FINALIST: Fair Oak Farm

The Award for Best Employer
Sponsored by Midnight Communications
WINNER: Bluebird Tea Co.

The Award for the Most Promising New Business
Sponsored by Coffin Mew
WINNER: ViiSana Ltd
FINALIST: Out of Bounds
FINALIST: Shadow Foundr

The Sussex Graduate of the Year
Sponsored by University of Sussex
WINNER: Ella Grant, Advice Cloud
FINALIST: Will Bower, Royalty Three
FINALIST: Rob Bramwell, CDO Partners
FINALIST: Summer Reed, Advice Cloud
FINALIST: Matthew Sears-Black, DMH Stallard LLP

The Award for the Best Customer Service
Sponsored by Checkatrade.com
WINNER: Bluebird Tea Co.
FINALIST: Blanch House
FINALIST: Dolby Vivisol

The Award for Professional Services
Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
WINNER: Juno Wealth Management
ONE TO WATCH: Search Seven Ltd
FINALIST: Cobb Digital
FINALIST: Rapidata Services Ltd

The Award for the Most Sustainable Business
Sponsored by Gemini Print
WINNER: The Big Lemon CIC
FINALIST: Nature Shop
FINALIST: Tiny Box Company

The Award for Leisure & Tourism
Sponsored by Heart FM
WINNER: Bluebell Railway plc

The Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine
WINNER: Richard Goss, Rinkit Ltd
ONE TO WATCH: Nick Meinertzhagen, 360 Perspectives
FINALIST: Paul Ollerton, ViiSana Ltd

The International Business of the Year
Sponsored by HSBC
WINNER: Frontier Pitts Ltd
FINALIST: Rinkit Ltd

The Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce
WINNER: Magenta Associates
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Juno Wealth Management

The Sussex Businessperson of the Year
Sponsored by HARE.digital
WINNER: Mike Turner & Krisi Smith, Bluebird Tea Co.
FINALIST: Steve Kerassitis, Haybury
FINALIST: Duncan Kerr, Wave Leisure Trust Ltd

The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity
Sponsored by The Argus
WINNER: Starr Trust
FINALIST: Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity
FINALIST: Worthing Rugby Football Club

The Sussex Company of the Year
Sponsored by Mazars
WINNER: Rinkit Ltd
FINALIST: TSS Facilities Limited

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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

“We are incredibly proud to have won two awards at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards. 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, Award for Best Employer

“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

“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

“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