THE WINNER of the Seahaven Business Awards was Badger Inks in Seaford.
The awards at Newhaven Enterprise Centre on Tuesday May 10 were designed to give the business community a boost during hard times.
They were organised by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce which invited entries from across Seahaven.
Chamber president Paul Boswell said: “This was an opportunity to highlight the best in our business community, to reward those businesses who excel in their field and achieve great success in these hard times.
“I would like to congratulate all the businesses that entered and thank our sponsors for their support.”
After the formalities of the evening were complete sponsors, winners, guests and members gathered for celebratory drinks.
Paul added: “It was a really successful event, one which we hope to repeat again next year.
“We all enjoyed some great networking and it was brilliant to see so many businesses exchanging details.
“This kind of positive result is exactly what the chamber hopes to achieve with our varied range of events throughout the coming year.
“Lastly I must thank the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce committee, who give so much of their time for free to ensure a lively business environment.”
And the winners were:
Business of the Year (sponsored by Newhaven Enterprise Centre): 1st, Badger Inks; 2nd, BodyShapers and 3rd, Simply Marvellous Creative Ltd.
Business personality of the Year (sponsored by GOplastic): 1st, Claire Duc from Newhaven Enterprise Centre; 2nd, Mark Flowers from V R Flowers & Son and 3rd, Paul Yates Smith, Sussex Business Bureau.
Best Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Payline): 1st, Dee’s newsagents in High Street, Newhaven; 2nd, Claremont Foods ltd in Claremont Road, Seaford and 3rd, Badger Inks in Church Street, Seaford,
Best Customer Service (sponsored by Swindells Accounting): 1st, Excell Design; 2nd, M B Builders and Construction Ltd, 3rd, Motorline.
Best Environmental Business (sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services): 1st, Paradise Park; 2nd GoPlastic and 3rd Expanded Polystyrene Supplies.
And here’s a quick word from the sponsors.
GOplastic director Gillian Browning, said the company was delighted to support the Seahaven Business Awards 2011, by sponsoring the ‘Business Personality of the Year’ award.
She said: “We feel that the awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate both those individuals and their respective businesses that,
“Despite the effects of the recession, not only continue to survive but also continuously strive to create their own opportunities and success.
“We equally, respectfully, wish to acknowledge those individuals who give their invaluable time, positive energy and effort in supporting and encouraging local businesses.
“This cumulative effect contributes to preserving and improving our local economy and environment.”
Payline director Michael Steer added: “The value of having one’s business recognised by its peers is considerable.
“It is my pleasure to sponsor a Seahaven Business Award in the hope that the publicity and regard that comes with winning will help the successful business to thrive and achieve even greater recognition in the future.”
Head of corporate business at Swindells Accounting, Melanie Richardson, said: “Small and medium sized businesses are of vital importance to the South East economy and it is essential particularly in these difficult times to encourage excellence and enterprise in businesses.”
“We are passionate about supporting and encouraging businesses that is why we are delighted to support the Seahaven Business Awards as sponsor for the Best Customer Service award.”
And Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Jeannette Buckle spokesperson added: “Veolia are very proud to support this event and to be the sponsor for Best Environmental Business Category.
“Caring for the environment within the business community means efficient and appropriate use of resources and this can give local businesses a competitive edge.”