The winners of the Uckfield Business Awards 2014 were announced at a gala awards night dinner attended by 330 people last Thursday at the East Sussex National Hotel.
Fiona Monson, Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president, said: “Despite economic woes and local challenges we have had to face over the last few weeks with traffic jams and disruption, we are fortunate to work in such a vibrant, successful and diverse business community in such a beautiful part of the country.
“Not only do we have a broad range of businesses represented in the Awards by entrants from the retail, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and services sectors – we even have a Llama Park – we can also look to the vast range of ages among the nominees.”
Neil Edwards, boss of Awards co-organisers The Marketing Eye, added: “The response to the awards from the business community and the public alike was overwhelming. Applications were received from nearly 100 businesses and there have been more than 450 votes from members of the public, all eager to recognise and endorse their favourite local companies. Every one of the 15 categories in the Awards was supported.”
Unable to draw a clear distinction, judges split the Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Parker Building Supplies) between CJ Thorne and Neva Consultants. Founded in 1939, CJ Thorne evolved from a two lorry haulage business into a major civil engineering company operating throughout the South East, employing over 120 staff. Neva supplies quality contract hire, vehicle finance and fleet management services to multi-national companies and private individuals. Bespoke kitchen designer and manufacturer Levick Jorgensen walked away with three awards: Small Business of the Year, Customer Service and Best New Product.
Other winners: Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Swindells): Simon Allen; Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Dawson Hart): Carvills; Best Place to Eat (sponsored by Rix & Kay): The Cock Inn; National/International Business of the Year (sponsored by Scientifica): Challenge Packaging; Young Employee (sponsored by TR Fastenings): Gina Hadfield, Candlelight Homecare Services; Tradesperson (sponsored by Parker Ceilings): Uckfield Framing Company; Contribution to the Community (sponsored by CJP Field & Co): Uckfield CAB; Best New Business (sponsored by Armida): Oldfield Smith and Co; Best Looking Shop (ESCC): Josefina; Outstanding Achievement Award (Addagrip Terraco) Doug Spickernell, Green DIY.