The 2019 winners of the prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Awards were announced in March to a packed audience at the Effingham Park Hotel, Gatwick. Highlights included Nick Broom being recognised as Business Person of the Year and his company, PVL ltd of Burgess Hill, winning the Business of the Year Award for larger businesses.
Now in their 11th year, the Awards are a well-established highlight of the business calendar. They celebrate the achievements of individual businesses and business people across a wide range of categories. Importantly, they also showcase the success of the Gatwick Diamond economic area as major driver of the regional and national economies.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by Shaun Williamson a familiar face on stage and screen, starting with his break-through role as Barry Evans in Eastenders. More recently he has supported Ricky Gervais in TV comedy classics including Extras. The audience of 600 were also entertained by Xavier, fresh from stealing the show as contenders on BBC One’s “All Together NOW”.
The Awards are strongly supported by the Gatwick Diamond business community. The Headline Sponsors were Gatwick Airport, NatWest, Thakeham Group and Extech Cloud. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception sponsored by BGF and was rounded- off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were;
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex Business School
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
CAE Training & Services UK Ltd
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by DMH Stallard
Gemini Print Group
The Award for the Place to Meet sponsored by CEC Direct Ltd
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
Kingston Smith LLP
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by asb Law LLP
Aspen Pumps Group
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by Kreston Reeves
Gemini Print Group
Professional Services Firm of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
MCA Consulting Engineers
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Cameron Heath – SOS Systems Ltd
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
Ethos Farm Ltd
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
Nick Broom – PVL UK Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m)– sponsored by SHW
Business of the Year (Over £1m)– sponsored by NatWest
PVL UK Ltd