Thursday 30th November saw the Sussex Business Awards take The Grand Hotel in Brighton by storm. Here, SBT gives you a run down of this year’s well-deservinng winners

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 The husband and wife team behind the enterprise, Mike Turner & Krisi Smith, were named Sussex Businessperson of the year (sponsored by

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.

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. The winners of the Sussex Business Awards 2017 are as follows…

The Award for Innovation in Business, sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre: QED (Sustainable Urban Developments).

The Responsible Business Award, sponsored by The Goodhall Foundation: SJM Electrical Services.

The Award for Healthiest Workplace, sponsored by Legal & General: Haybury

The Best Place to Entertain Your Clients Award, sponsored by Title Sussex: Hotel Du Vin Brighton.

The Award for Best Employer, sponsored by Midnight Communications: Bluebird Tea Co.

The Award for the Most Promising New Business, sponsored by Coffin Mew: ViiSana Ltd.

The Sussex Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by University of Sussex: Ella Grant, Advice Cloud.

The Award for the Best Customer Service, sponsored by Bluebird Tea Co.

The Award for Professional Services, sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks: Juno Wealth Management.

The Award for the Most Sustainable Business, sponsored by Gemini Print: The Big Lemon CIC.

The Award for Leisure & Tourism, Sponsored by Heart FM: Bluebell Railway plc.

The Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine: Richard Goss, Rinkit Ltd

The International Business of the Year Award, sponsored by HSBC: Frontier Pitts Ltd.

The Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce: Magenta Associates.

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

The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Award, sponsored by The Argus: Starr Trust.

The Sussex Company of the Year Award, sponsored by Mazars: Rinkit Ltd.

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