The winners of the 2016 Lewes District Business Awards were announced in July at Lewes Town Hall. The Lewes District Council event was attended by 160 people, including 27 finalists, with trophies presented by former Countryfile presenter, Juliet Morris.

Cheesmur Building Contractors was the big winner of the night scooping two awards - Company of the Year and Business Growth. Other winners included Wave Leisure Trust, named Best Employer, Richard Soan of Richard Soan Roofing Services, who is the newly-crowned Businessperson of the Year, Ringmer Community College, which won the Green Business award, and Boom Boom Label, the 2016 Small Business of the Year.

Now in its third year, the Lewes District Business Awards was launched to highlight excellence in the District’s business community – and to provide a fantastic opportunity for companies of all types to join together and celebrate the success of the area’s business talent.

The winning businesses were chosen by a panel of well-respected judges including Harvey & Son Ltd, Santon North Street, Cheesmur Building Contractors, Veolia, Swindells Accountants, Cavendish Communications, Brooklyn Hyundai, Richard Soan Roofing Service, LEAP, Basepoint, Viva Lewes and Platinum Business Magazine.

Commenting on this year’s winners Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “Congratulations to all our winners and finalists - it was fantastic to celebrate so many of our great local businesses.

“The Lewes District Business Awards demonstrates the breadth and scope of businesses in the District. Those honoured last night are truly deserving of the titles they have been awarded and it was a truly inspirational occasion. I would like to say well done to all those involved.”

 

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Santon North Street

WINNER: Cheesmur Building Contractors

FINALISTS: Burleys, Cleankill Environmental Services

 

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Swindells

WINNER: Boom Boom the Label

FINALISTS: Front Room, Plants4Presents

 

BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors

WINNER: Richard Soan, Richard Soan Roofing Services

FINALISTS: Richard Light (Fundraising Auctions), Victoria Young (Front Room)

 

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sponsored by Cavendish Communications

WINNER: Community Transport for the Lewes Area

FINALISTS: Budding Sensations, The Charleston Trust

 

BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER

Sponsored by Viva Lewes

WINNER: Cheese Please

FINALISTS: Chalk Gallery Ltd, W.E. Clark & Son Ltd

 

GREEN BUSINESS

Sponsored by Veolia

WINNER: Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form

FINALISTS: Burleys, Cleankill Environmental Services Ltd

 

HOSPITALITY, LEISURE & TOURISM

Sponsored by Harvey & Son Ltd

WINNER: Front Room

FINALISTS: Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, Pells Pool Community Association

 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by LEAP

WINNER: Tracey Horan, Dolly Fixtures

FINALISTS: Jennie Hallett (Beacon Health & Safety Services Ltd), Natalie James (Stitch of Broad Street), Phil Rawson (Created and Made), Liz Rose (Elizabeth Rose)

 

BEST EMPLOYER

Sponsored by Richard Soan Roofing Services

WINNER: Wave Leisure Trust Ltd

FINALISTS: Caburn Hope, Industrial Construction Sussex

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