NEWHAVEN businessman Hugh Burnett OBE DL was given a rare Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion - one of only ten awarded nationally each year.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is aimed at people who play a significant role in promoting enterprise skills and encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in others in the UK.
When he retired from his position as executive chairman of Newhaven business Cash Bases Ltd in 2004, he set up a family trust to acquire a 23,000 square foot facility in Newhaven to create a charity promoting enterprise in the manufacturing sector.
Enterprise Works provides incubator space and support to fledgling businesses.
Hugh has devoted time to promoting learning, training and development of the businesses involved.
His achievement is demonstrated by the fact that no business that has received support from Enterprise Works has yet failed.
Many have flourished into award winners, creating 80 new jobs in an area with higher than average unemployment.
Hugh was nominated for this award by Lewes District Council.