The 2020 winners of the prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Awards were announced on December 3rd at a ground-breaking ‘Putting on the BIZ’ event compered by Gyles Brandreth, the well-known TV personality and author.

The Awards are strongly supported by the Gatwick Diamond business community including the headline sponsors – Gatwick Airport, NatWest, Thakeham Group and Extech Cloud.

For the first time, the very special category of Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Gatwick Diamond was introduced. 

This was joined by 18 other award categories including Business Person of the Year, won by Richard Pollins of DMH Stallard. The two awards for Business of the Year were won by Assurity Consulting (over £1m) and Posture People (up to £1m).

The awards importantly also look to the future with Max Rayner of WS Planning & Architecture being recognised as Apprentice of the Year.

At such a challenging time for so many people, the award for Community Investment Business of the year was particularly poignant. PVL Ltd were very worthy winners.

Now in their 12th year, the Awards are a well-established highlight of the business calendar. They celebrate the achievements of individual businesses and business people across a wide range of categories.

Importantly, they also showcase the success of the Gatwick Diamond economic area as major driver of the regional and national economies. 

The winners in each category were:

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Gatwick Diamond - sponsored by Southern Railway & Gatwick Express

John Peel / David Butcher

Angie Doll, Managing Director at Southern Railway and Gatwick Express, sponsors of the Award, said “this new prestigious award recognises outstanding personal contribution to making the Gatwick Diamond a great place to do business. 

"It celebrates personal commitment and leadership that goes way beyond professional and business interests. 

"The gdb Executive Council found it impossible to separate two exceptional individuals. It is no exaggeration to say that without their efforts, going back further than they probably care to remember, we would not be here this evening celebrating the success
of Gatwick Diamond businesses.

"Many congratulations to both outstanding winners, Mr. John Peel and Mr. David Butcher”.

Business Person of the Year - sponsored by Richard Place Dobson

Richard Pollins, DMH Stallard

Business of the Year (Up to £1m) sponsored by SHW


Business of the Year (Over £1m) - sponsored by NatWest

Assurity Consulting

Growth Business of the Year - sponsored by red river


New Business of the Year - sponsored by University of Sussex Business School

TeachAllAboutIT Ltd 

Manufacturing Business of the Year - sponsored by Kreston Reeves 

Elekta Limited

Professional Services Firm of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council

Vail Williams LLP

The Award for Brighter Thinking - sponsored by Menzies LLP


The Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by University of Sussex

LifeBox Health Ltd 

International Business of the Year - sponsored by Gatwick Diamond Initiative

Aspen Pumps Group

The Award for Developing People – sponsored by Crawley College

Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

The Award for the Place to Meet - sponsored by Prowse & Co Ltd

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

Community Investment Business of the Year – sponsored by Gatwick Airport Ltd


Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Max Rayner (WS Planning & Architecture)

Green Business of the Year - sponsored by Britaniacrest Recycling Limited

Cleankill Pest Control


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