2016 Winners


The Award for Innovation in Business
Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
FINALIST Curry Leaf Café
FINALIST TECO Building Products

The Award for Best Customer Service
Sponsored by Checkatrade.com
WINNER The Dental Barn Ltd
FINALIST The Grand Brighton

The Award for the Most Promising New Business
Sponsored by Coffin Mew
FINALIST The BaseSkate Park CIC

The Best Place To Entertain Your Clients
Sponsored by Title Sussex
WINNER Sussex Cricket
FINALIST Blanch House
FINALIST Brighton Fringe
FINALIST East Sussex National

The Award for Best Employer
Sponsored by Morgan Sindall
WINNER Stelfox
FINALIST Yelo Architects

The Award for Healthiest Workplace Award
Sponsored by Natures Way Food
WINNER Legal & General
FINALIST European Recruitment
FINALIST Scout Shops Ltd

The Award for Leisure & Tourism
Sponsored by Southern Railway
WINNER The BaseSkate Park CIC
ONE TO WATCH Best of England
FINALIST Smart Performance

International Business of the Year
Sponsored by HSBC
WINNER Stelfox
FINALIST Frontier Pitts
ONE TO WATCH Ridgeview Wine Estate

The Award for the Most Sustainable Business
Sponsored by Wealden District Council
WINNER Burleys
FINALIST Green Mop Ltd

The Award for Professional Services
Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
Yelo Architects
ONE TO WATCH Robinson Low Francis
HIGHLY COMMENDED Juno Wealth Management

The Responsible Business Award
Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com
WINNER LoveLocalJobs.com
FINALIST Wave Leisure Trust

The Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Platinum Business
WINNER Neil Laughton, Laughton & Co Ltd
FINALIST Terry Nitman & Steve Hayman, Cheesmur Building Contractors
FINALIST Amber Rust, Bonieri

The Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce
WINNER Boom Boom The Label
FINALIST Fundraising Auctions Ltd
FINALIST The Dental Barn Ltd

Sussex Company of the Year
Sponsored by Mazars
FINALIST Crunch Accounting
FINALIST The Kitchen Store
FINALIST Newview Homes Ltd
FINALIST Cheesmur Building Contractors

The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity
Sponsored by The Argus
WINNER Andy Cheesman, City Cabs
FINALIST Brighton & Hove Buses

Sussex Businessperson of the Year
Sponsored by Heart FM
WINNER Darren Fell, Crunch Accounting
FINALIST Stephen Gaffer, Frontier Pitts
HIGHLY COMMENDED Rob Verheul, Graphite Digital

The Sussex Graduate of the Year
Sponsored by University of Sussex
WINNER Chris O’Hare, Hare.Digital
HIGHLY COMMENDED Kate Wood, Brighton Fringe
FINALIST Matt Sears-Black, DMH Stallard

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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 2016

“We are incredibly proud to have won two awards at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards in 2016. 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 2016, Award for Best Employer 2016

“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 2016

“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 2016

“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 2016