Slideshow: Business Matters Awards winners announced

The leading lights of the area’s business world gathered to celebrate their achievements and successes at this newspaper’s Business Matters Awards last Friday.

Covering Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex and parts of East Sussex, the annual awards were hosted by television newsreader and presenter Fred Dinenage at Gatwick’s Copthorne Hotel Effingham.

The business event has run successfully in Horsham district for many years, but was expanded this year to cover other parts of the South East.

Nominations were sent in by readers, then judged by James Stoner, managing director of JSPC Computer Services, Daniel Grainge, a partner at chartered accountants’ Spofforths, and Gary Shipton, Editor In Chief of the host newspapers - the West Sussex County Times, the Crawley Observer, the Mid Sussex Times, and the Sussex Express.

For the full list of winners and highly commended businesses, see below:

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure (sponsored by Brighton Racing & Events and Fontwell Park Racing & Events):

Highly Commended, Drusillas Park; Winner, Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth.

Young Business Person (sponsored by Media Word Waves):

Winner, Tory’s Cafe in the Park.

Going Green (sponsored by Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth):

Winner, Sussex Green Living.

Retailer (sponsored by Bowalker Windows):

Highly Commended, Wakefield Jewellers; Winner, Crystal Brides.

Innovation (sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter):

Highly Commended, The Easy Lunch Company; Winner, Permanent Makeup Training Academy.

Start Up (sponsored by Newhaven Enterprise Centre):

Winner, Tory’s Cafe in the Park.

Small Business (sponsored by JSPC Computer Services):

Highly Commended, Creative Pod and The Easy Lunch Company; Winner, Newhaven Enterprise Centre.

Medium Business (sponsored by Richard Place Dobson):

Highly Commended, PMW Communications; Winner, Crickmay Chartered Surveyors.

Large Business (sponsored by Spofforths Chartered Accountants):

Highly Commended, First Central Insurance Management; Winner, International Logistics Group.

Manufacturing and Construction (sponsored by West Sussex County Times):

Winner, ERG (Air Pollution Control).

Education and Training (sponsored by RMJ Promotions):

Highly Commended, Education and Training, Smart Monkey Marketing; Winner, Classroom Capers.

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Mid Sussex Times):

Highly Commended, Over the Rainbow Playschool; Winner, First Central Management.

Employee/Team of the Year (sponsored by Sussex Express):

Winner, Stay Safe Driving School.

Business Personality (sponsored by Crawley and Horley Observer):

Winner, Dean Orgill of Mayo Wynn Baxter.

Place to Eat (sponsored by Wabi Restaurant):

Highly Commended, Zari Restaurant; Winner, Restaurant Tristan.

Customer Service (sponsored by Frankie & Benny’s):

Highly Commended, The Martins Family Funeral Director; Winner, White Dresses and Tiaras.

Overall Business (sponsored by Checkaprofessional):

Winner, Drusillas Park.

Reader’s Award:

Winner, Stay Safe Driving School.

Editor’s Special Award:

Tom Stephens of Wobblegate Juice and Cider.