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
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)
Sponsored by Richard Soan Roofing Services
WINNER: Wave Leisure Trust Ltd
FINALISTS: Caburn Hope, Industrial Construction Sussex