This month, Sussex Business Times has partnered with Sussex Chamber of Commerce who, here in these pages, provide you with the latest news

TECO Building Products, a manufacturer of Builders and Carpenters Metalwork from Sussex, has been crowned one of the winners in the Commitment to People Development heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.

The Commitment to People Development winner, TECO will now go forward to represent the Southern region in the national finals, which take place in London in November.

Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the UK economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth.

“Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work.

“The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

Rhonda Backwell, Director of TECO said: “I couldn’t be prouder of TECO, this is testament not only to our commitment as a company but the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone here to develop as individuals, work together as a team and embrace change”.

Ana Christie, Chief Executive of Sussex Chamber of Commerce said: “Recognising and rewarding excellence in British business, the Chamber Awards is one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious business award programmes. Each year, organisations of all sizes and from all sectors compete for the coveted titles. It is fantastic news, that one of our Chamber members, TECO, has received the South regional award for Commitment to People Development. I wish them all the very best of luck in the finals in November.”

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