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News - 1 December 2017

The 29th Sussex Business Awards 2017 Winners Announced

Around four hundred of the county’s leading business people, including the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mayor of Brighton & Hove and Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, gathered to celebrate business excellence across the region, with 17 awards presented by comedian, Ian Moore.

The winners were drawn from 40 finalists representing 17 Sussex towns – from Albourne to Uckfield and Worthing.

The Awards were presented at The Grand Brighton on Thursday 30 November.

The big winner on the night was Bluebird Tea Co. which took home awards for Best Employer (sponsored by Midnight) and Customer Service (sponsored by Checkatrade.com). The husband and wife team behind the enterprise, Mike Turner & Krisi Smith, were named Sussex Businessperson of the year (sponsored by HARE.digital).

Frontier Pitts, a finalist in last year’s International Business (sponsored by HSBC) was this year named the outright winner. The ultimate accolade of 
Sussex
 
Company of the Year
 (sponsored by Mazars) was awarded to Rinkit Ltd, finalists for International Business and Entrepreneur of the Year awards which was won by its commercial director Richard Goss. 
Rinkit Ltd is an online retailer selling home and garden products across the UK and Europe.

Mike Herd, Executive Director of the Sussex Innovation centre and chairman of the judges commented: “This year was a record year! With the amount of entries received, the judging process proved a difficult task. The exceptional quality of the entries really shined through, and many worthy winners were chosen.

“Congratulations to all the winners!”

This year’s sponsors include Checkatrade.com, Coffin Mew, Gemini Print, HARE.Digital, HSBC, Legal & General, Mazars, Midnight Communications, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Innovation Centre, The Goodall Foundation, University of Sussex, Vantage Professional Risks, Platinum Business Magazine, The Argus, Title Sussex and Heart FM.

For more information, please contact us on T: 01273 666200 or E: 
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SUSSEX BUSINESS AWARDS 29

2017 WINNERS

2017 SHORTLIST

The Award for Innovation in Business

Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre

WINNER
: QED (Sustainable Urban Developments)
ONE TO WATCH
: The Security Bureau

FINALIST
: The Big Lemon CIC

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.

FINALIST
: DMH Stallard LLP

FINALIST
: Haybury

The Award for the Most Promising New Business

Sponsored by Coffin Mew

WINNER
: ViiSana Ltd

FINALIST
: HARE.digital

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED
: Newhaven Fort

FINALIST
: SEA LIFE Brighton

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED
: ICP Search

FINALIST
: Rinkit Ltd

The Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce

WINNER
: Magenta Associates

HIGHLY COMMENDED
: Juno Wealth Management

ONE TO WATCH
: ViiSana Ltd

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
: Haybury

FINALIST
: TSS Facilities Limited


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