Gala night for Uckfield business award winners


The winners of the inaugural Uckfield Business Awards were announced before an audience of 330 at a gala awards night dinner on Thursday night (November 1) at the East Sussex National Hotel.

Business of the Year (sponsored by Parker Building Supplies) went to Challenge Packaging. Founded more than 25 years ago the company offers a wide range of packaging materials – from pallet wrap to postal packaging – and has customers over a 120 mile radius and employs more than 60 people.

KBC PR & Marketing walked away with two awards – for Small Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year (for its owner Kate Burgess-Craddy), as did itmsoil for Fastest Growing Business and Outstanding Achievement (which went to Jon Scott.)

Wealden MP Charles Hendry said: “It’s great to see companies which, in difficult economic times, are doing tremendously good things. It was striking at the end to see all the winners on the stage which showed what a young, dynamic and energetic town Uckfield is and this bodes well for the future.”

Co-organiser Adrian Corbin said: “Given the economic instability that surrounds us all and the impact it has had on our local economy it is fitting to celebrate the achievements of a town that shows tremendous resilience in the face of such testing times. The reaction from the audience was great.”

SMALL BUSINESS; kbc par and marketing

Business person of the year: Kate Burgess-Craddy

Retailer of the year: Pipe Dreams

Best hotel: Newick Park

Fastest growing business: itmsoil

Innovation award: ENER-G Controls

Young employee: Jacques Dopson

Tradesperson: Stuart Goldsmith

Customer service: George Moss

Community: Uckfield Volunteer Centre

Environmentally sustainable: Holly Gap Farm

New business: Health Boutique

Best dressed window: Selbys