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News - 4 August 2017

2017 Brighton and Hove Business Awards Shortlist Revealed

Some of the Brighton’s biggest and best – and youngest and newest – make the thirty three businesses shortlisted for fifteen awards in this year’s Brighton and Hove Business Awards. 

The list of finalists reflects Brighton’s broad range of businesses and includes restaurants, recruiters, search companies, book sellers, digital companies and architects, as well as such iconic sights as the Palace Pier and Saltdean Lido.

One company makes the list more three times - Work the World - whilst another eight are on the shortlist twice.

They will all compete for fifteen awards in categories which include the creative industries, professional services, managing director and the best event, as well as the best place to work.

Awards will also be made to the person who, in the judges’ opinion, has done the most for Brighton – the Outstanding Brightonian – and an overall Judges’ Choice award for The Best Business in Brighton.

Commenting on the shortlist Fiona Shafer, chair of the judges, said: “Brighton & Hove has got a lot to shout about and there’s no better platform than the BAHBAs.

“The entries seem to cover every aspect of business life from creative digital services to hospitality and an impressive array of community projects.  Few other places in the country can boast such a range of businesses let alone the quality that we have seen on this year’s shortlist.”

A selection of finalist comments:

“We're so excited to be nominated for both Best Customer Service and Best Independent Retailer as these are areas we are so passionate about at Bluebird. Our Customer Experience is at the heart of everything we do and being an independent retailer allows us to stay connected with our customers and get involved in the local community.
Krisi Smith and Mike Turner, Co-Founders of Bluebird Tea Co.

“Our company ethos is all about engaging with, and supporting, our local community, so we are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award,”
Gavin Willis, Search Seven shortlisted for Business in the Community.

“I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted for MD of the year. The Brighton & Hove Business Awards embody everything that’s great about the business community in this dynamic city and it’s fantastic to be surrounded by established businesses and exciting start-ups. Congratulations to everyone that’s been shortlisted, fingers crossed for September 14!”
  James Dempster, Cobb Digital.

Sponsors include MD Hub, the University of Brighton, Red7, Healys, Churchill Square and NatWest who join City Cabs, Yelo Architects, Graves Jenkins, Chamber of Commerce, Cardens, Martin Searle Solicitors and Robinson Low Francis for the only awards in the city which recognise and reward great Brighton business.

The awards are supported by the Big Lemon, B&H Chamber of Commerce, Gemini Print, Brighton Business Curry Club, Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance.
Juice 107.2 FM, Platinum Business and Title Sussex join The Argus as media sponsors.

They have all come together to create a competition which acknowledges the diversity and uniqueness of Brighton and celebrates those companies, organisations and individuals who really build the Brighton brand.
The awards will be presented at

Proud Country House, Stanmer Park, on Thursday 14 September.  Each winner will receive a year’s free membership to MDHUB, a vibrant and energising membership organisation that supports business owners through the challenges of growing and developing their business and where successes are shared and celebrated in a confidential environment.

Tickets can be purchased online at

View the list online





Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism

Sponsored by Red7

Brighton Palace Pier

Isaac At

Saltdean Lido

The Salt Room


The Award for Best Customer Service

Sponsored by Yelo Architects

The Big Lemon CIC

Bluebird Tea Co.

Work the World


The Award for Best Independent Retailer

Sponsored by Churchill Square

The Book Nook

Bluebird Tea Co.

Posh Totty Designs

Present in the Laine


The Award for Business Beyond the City

Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce



Work the World


The Award for Business in The Community

Sponsored by City Cabs

HOP Consulting Ltd

Search Seven Ltd


The Best Event in The City

Sponsored by Juice 107.2 FM

Brighton Fringe

Impact Initiatives

Martlets Hospice


The Best New Kids on the Block     

Sponsored by Healys

Circulate Digital

Isaac At


Saltdean Lido


The Best Place to Work

Sponsored by Graves Jenkins


Magenta Associates

Mooncup Ltd


The Creative Industries Award

Sponsored by Martin Searle Solicitors

Cobb Digital

Koru Architects



The Fastest Growing Business Award

Sponsored by NatWest


Circulate Digital



The Green Business Award

Sponsored by Green Growth Platform – University of Brighton

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative

Brighton E-bikes

Creative Bloom

Mooncup Ltd


The Managing Director of the Year

Sponsored by Robinson Low Francis

James Dempster, Cobb Digital

Danielle Plowman, Ellie Ellie

Pam Loch, Loch Associates

Seb Royle, PLATF9RM


The Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Cardens Accountants

DMH Stallard LLP

HOP Consulting Ltd

Work the World

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