The winners of the first Lewes District Business Awards were revealed by BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen at a gala dinner held last night (Thursday April 24) in the Assembly Room of Lewes Town Hall.
Around 150 people from across the District’s business community gathered together to celebrate the success of its business talent and achievements.
The big winners of the night were Screen Solutions Ltd which won awards for Clean, Green and Marine and for Business in the Community.
And Company of the Year was Cash Bases which also took the award Business Innovation.
In the categories for individual awards, the two managing directors from Cheesmur Building Contractors were jointly named Businessperson of the Year whilst the LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Jen Porteous, The Tiny Vineyard Co who has plans to become the largest online community of amateur winemakers in the UK by March next year.
Leader of Lewes District Council cllr Rob Blackman said: “These awards, celebrating excellence amongst the District’s diverse business community, have created a fantastic opportunity for many different types of business to come together and celebrate the immense success of the District’s business talent and achievement.
“It’s been a great occasion for businesses to network and I look forward to building on the success of this 1st awards event in the future.”
Chairman of the judges Hugh Burnett said: “We have been delighted with the response to this inaugural award scheme.
“The wide variety of categories has ensured that a diverse range of organisations have participated.
“From family run businesses to national organisations, the finalists represent businesses that are excelling across all areas of customer service, community work, retail, sustainability, innovation and tourism.
“Our congratulations go to all the finalists and our thanks to the sponsors who supported us this year.”
This year’s sponsors included The Santon Group, Knill James, Veolia Environmental Services, Wave Leisure, Basepoint Business Centres, LEAP, Harvey & Son Ltd, The Aldridge Foundation, Lewes District Council and media partner Viva Lewes.
Company of the Year
Winner: Cash Bases Limited
Finalist: Cheesmur Building Contractors
Finalist: Newhaven Enterprise Centre
Small Business of the Year
Winner Badger Inks Ltd
Finalist: The Snowdrop Inn
Finalist: TimelessTime Ltd
Businessperson of the Year
Winner Terry Nitman and Steve Hayman, Cheesmur Building Contractors
Finalist: Mark Beaumont, Infacom
Finalist: Mauro Lazzati, Famiglia
LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner Jen Porteous, The Tiny Vineyard Co
Finalist: Isabelle Fauchet, Live Digital Media
Finalist: Jodie Deakin, Another stitch in the Wool
Finalist: Sharon Lloyd, Woof it Down
Award for Business Innovation
Winner Cash Bases Limited
Finalist: CTEC Energy
Finalist: TimelessTime Ltd
Award for Business in the Community
Winner Screen Solutions Ltd
Finalist: Mill Laine Farm
Finalist: The Runaway
Award for Best Place to Visit
Winner The Charleston Trust
Finalist: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Finalist: Spring Barn Farm
Award for Best Independent Retailer
Winner Mill Laine Farm
Finalist: Alexis Dove Jewellery
Finalist: Cheese Please
Award for Social Enterprise
Winner National Lifesaving Academy
Finalist: Age UK East Sussex
Finalist: Furniture Now!
Award for Clean, Green & Marine
Winner: Screen Solutions Ltd
Finalists: Firefly Solar Generators Limited, Fletching Glasshouses