Sussex Business Awards 2017

Over 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 November 30th.

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

Frontier Pitts, a finalist in last year’s International Business 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, 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.

In 2018, Platinum Event Management will take over the Sussex Business Awards. Contact for details.

Photography by Simon Callaghan

The Award for Innovation in Business
Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
WINNER: QED (Sustainable Urban Developments)

The Responsible Business Award
Sponsored by The Goodhall Foundation
WINNER: SJM Electrical Services

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

The Best Place to Entertain Your Clients
Sponsored by Title Sussex
WINNER: Hotel Du Vin Brighton

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

The Sussex Graduate of the Year
Sponsored by University of Sussex
WINNER: Ella Grant, Advice Cloud

The Award for the Best Customer Service
Sponsored by
WINNER: Bluebird Tea Co.

The Award for Professional Services
Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
WINNER: Juno Wealth Management

The Award for the Most Sustainable Business
Sponsored by Gemini Print
WINNER: The Big Lemon CIC

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

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

The Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce
WINNER: Magenta Associates

The Sussex Businessperson of the Year
Sponsored by
WINNER: Mike Turner & Krisi Smith, Bluebird Tea Co.

The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity
Sponsored by The Argus
WINNER: Starr Trust

The Sussex Company of the Year
Sponsored by Mazars
WINNER: Rinkit Ltd

The Sussex Business Awards 2017 Winners

The Sussex Business Awards 2017 Organisers