2015 Winners


Innovation in Business
Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
WINNER: Burleys
ONE TO WATCH: Infigo Software Limited
FINALIST: Dryad Maritime

Best Customer Service
Sponsored by Checkatrade.com
WINNER: Flowers Unlimited
ONE TO WATCH: The Heeler Centre
FINALIST: Close Brothers Invoice Finance, Posh Totty Designs

Most Promising New Business
Sponsored by Thomas Eggar
WINNER: Gene Commerce

Best Place To Entertain Your Clients
Sponsored by Title Sussex
WINNER: The Grand Brighton
ONE TO WATCH: Blanch House
FINALIST: Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, Hotel Du Vin

Boss of the Year
Sponsored by Heart FM
WINNER: Alan Margetts of The Kitchen Store
ONE TO WATCH: Janina Cooper of The Base Skatepark CIC
FINALIST: Gary Townsend, Albion in the Community
FINALIST: Guy Hilton, Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Healthiest Workplace Award
Sponsored by Domestic & General
WINNER: Checkatrade.com
FINALIST: Active Sussex, Stelfox

International Business of the Year
Sponsored by HSBC
WINNER: Allergy Therapeutics
FINALIST: 7thSense Design, Pasante Healthcare Limited

Most Sustainable Business
Sponsored by Wealden District Council
WINNER: Brighton & Hove Buses
FINALIST: Glyndebourne, Stone Cross Garden Centre

Professional Services Award
Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
WINNER: Bennett Griffin LLP
ONE TO WATCH: Classic Consulting
FINALIST: Richard Place Dobson

Responsible Business Award
Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com
WINNER: Creative Pod Ltd
FINALIST: Basepoint, Clear Computing Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Business Times
WINNER: Andrew Stenning, Searches UK
FINALIST: Karen Bach, KalliKids
FINALIST: Emily Rae, Plants4Presents

Sussex Businessperson of the Year
Sponsored by Mazars
WINNER: Andrew Scrimgeour, AJS Labels
FINALIST: Alan Margetts, The Kitchen Store
FINALIST: Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview Wine Estate

Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce
WINNER: Ridgeview Wine Estate
FINALIST: Edgcumbes Coffee Roasters and Tea Blenders, Long Man Brewery Ltd

Sussex Company of the Year
Sponsored by Morgan Sindall
FINALIST: The Grand Brighton, The Kitchen Store

Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity
Sponsored by The Argus
By an individual: Ryan Heal
By an organisation: Brighton Pride

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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