2 December 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sussex celebrates it business success
The winners of the 23rd Sussex Business Awards and the seventh Brighton & Hove Business Awards were announced last night at The Grand Hotel, Kings road, Brighton.
The ceremony was attended by over 400 of the county's business figures including the Lord Leitenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field, Mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Anne Meadows, John Barradell, Cheif Executive of Brighton oand Hove Council and Carolin Lucas MP.
For the first time the winners of the Sussex Business Awards and the Brighton and Hove Business Awards were announced in a joint ceremony. Eleven Sussex Business awards were presented by BBC1's The Apprentice star, Ruth Badger.
Hailsham based Club Class Chauffeurs were runners up for the two awards before managing director, Jonathan Dow received the accolade of Business Person of the Year.
The Sussex company of the Year was presented to Parafix Holdings, the UK's convertor and distributor of self adhesive materials, based in Lancing.
The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Sussex Life was won by Kevin Byrne (Checkatrade) the finalists were Gary Peters (Brightonandhovejobs.com) Phillippa Stephen-Martin (Manor of things).
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ