A businessman who has played a key role in the regeneration of Newhaven was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion at a special reception at Buckingham Palace.
Hugh Burnett OBE was one of only 11 people to receive the accolade, which was presented to him by the Queen and Business Secretary Vince Cable .
When Hugh retired as executive chairman of Newhaven firm Cash Bases in 2004, he set up Enterprise Works, a charity to promote enterprise in the manufacturing sector.
Leader of Lewes District Council, James Page, who went to the ceremony with Hugh, said: “It was a pleasure and honour accompanying Hugh to the awards ceremony and seeing his tireless efforts in Newhaven and beyond recognised.
“The key to the regeneration of Newhaven is through partnership with individuals like Hugh, the private sector and the community.”
The council initially nominated Hugh for the award.
The council said it was an outstanding achievement to be recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
It is only given to people who have played a significant role in promoting enterprise skills and inspiring and encouraging UK entrepreneurship.
Hugh has been involved in the regeneration of Newhaven and East Sussex for a number of years, all on an unpaid basis.
He set up Enterprise Works, buying a 23,000 sq ft facility in Newhaven to provide incubator space and support to fledging businesses. It is based in Beach Road.
Hugh has devoted time to promoting learning, training and development of the businesses involved.
The council also highlighted the fact no business which had received support from Enterprise Works had failed and many had flourished into award winners, creating 80 new jobs in an area with higher than average unemployment.