2018 SBA Winners

Around 500 of the county’s leading businesspeople gathered for the annual Sussex Business Awards ceremony held at The Grand Brighton on November 29th. Celebrating thirty years in 2018, the awards are the most sought-after accolade by organisations from every sector in Sussex.

This year saw a record-breaking number of nominations for each category, with representatives from sixteen towns across the county making the shortlist of fifty-one finalists. Judges had an enormously difficult task, as the entries were of such a high standard.

The judging panel, chaired by Mike Herd, executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre, included representatives from Allied Irish Bank, HSBC, Mazars, Gatwick Airport, University of Sussex Business School, Red7, Coffin Mew, Clearline Recruitment, CountyClean Group, Vantage Professional Risks, LMS Group and Rockinghorse.

Mike commented: “It goes without saying that it is a huge honour to be the Chair of the 30th Sussex Business Awards.

“Each year the standard of entries gets better and better and this year was no exception. This year’s finalists are a stimulating mix of established businesses and new entrepreneurial ventures with a common thread running through them all – resilience and determination to succeed”.


The big winner on the night was Rayner which took home awards for Large Business of the Year and Business Innovation of the Year.

World of Books was named the overall Company of the Year winner – an award not directly entered but chosen by the judge from businesses entering SME of the Year and Large Business of the Year. The winner is crowned thus because they have excelled in every part of the awards criteria.

Other winners included Carl Fillery of Boundless (Businessperson of the Year), Paxton Access (International Business of the Year), Morgan Sindall (Corporate Fundraiser of the Year), Jeremy’s Restaurant (Food & Drink Destination of the Year), B&CE (Employer of the Year), MacConvilles Surveying (Professional Services Award), Waffle (Start-up of the Year), Rhythmix (Creative Industries Award), Mabel’s Emporium (Business in the Community Award) and Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital (Best Customer Service).

For further information or to get involved in 2019 email sussex@platinumpublishing.co.uk



Business Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre

WINNER: Rayner 


LifeBox Health

Mindlab International 


Business in The Community Award

Sponsored by Gatwick Airport

WINNER: Mabel's Emporium

Engage Health Group 

Search Seven


 Best Customer Service

Sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group

WINNER: Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital

Allison Jeffery Skin Health and Laser Clinic

Boundless by CSMA

Paxton Access


Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Clearline Recruitment 

WINNER: B&CE Holdings  


The Student Room Group


Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks

WINNER: MacConvilles Surveying




Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Coffin Mew

WINNER: Waffle 

Advanced Material Development 



Creative Industries Award

Sponsored by University of Sussex Business School

WINNER: Rhythmix





Tourist Destination of the Year

Sponsored by Red7

WINNER: The Charleston Trust 

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery


Food & Drink Destination of the Year

Sponsored by The Gemini Print Group

WINNER: Jeremy’s Restaurant 

Malmaison Brighton



Corporate Fundraiser of the Year

Sponsored by Rockinghorse

WINNER: Morgan Sindall


Richard Place Dobson


International Business of the Year

Sponsored by HSBC

WINNER: Paxton Access




SME Business of the Year

Sponsored by LMS Group

WINNER: Allaero

ONE TO WATCH: Modus Brands


HSM Global 


Large Business of the Year

Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

WINNER: Rayner 


World of Books


Businessperson of the Year

Sponsored by CountyClean Group

WINNER: Carl Fillery, Boundless by CSMA

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kevin Markwick, The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant

Nick Broom, PVL UK 


Company of the Year

Sponsored by Mazars

WINNER: World of Books


Bird & Blend Tea

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Chandlers Building Supplies 


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