Hundreds of people enjoyed a night to remember when the cream of the South Coast business world were celebrated at the Adur and Worthing Business Awards.
There was a Who’s Who of the West Sussex business world in attendance at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing for the event tonight, which is hosted by the Herald newspaper and in association with Adur and Worthing councils and the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce.
The big winner on the night was Shoreham Vehicle Auctions which took both the overall business and large business awards
The audience were told that the Lancing based Shoreham Vehicle Auctions recently underwent a change of ownership in 2009 and since then staff numbers have doubled, sales of vehicles have increased by 45 per cent, Turnover has doubled and profit increased significantly.
They took to the stage to a round of applause and were interviewed by the compère for the evening, Nick Wallis, television presenter and a familiar face on BBC1’s The One Show.
The night was introduced by Blaise Tapp, Communities Content Editor of Sussex Newspapers, which publishes the Herald.
On stage Mr Tapp interviewed James Stoner of JSPC Computers, the principal sponsor of the awards.
During the ceremony Mr Stoner officially handed over his role as headline sponsor to Peter Webb, managing director of ETI Ltd, who will take on the mantle from next years.
Other winners included Worthing’s Ice Rink which triumphed in the hospitality, tourism and leisure category while Parkview Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic won the Readers’ Choice award, which was subject to a public vote.
Dignitaries in attendance included local politicians and Cllr Michael Donin, the mayor of Worthing and Linda Williams, the mayoress.
Jeanette Hockley, of JP South Events and the organiser of the awards, said: “The Adur and Worthing Business Awards are always a highlight of the year down here on the coast and tonight was no different.
“I would like to thank our headline sponsor JSPC Computers and partners at the chamber of commerce and councils for making tonight possible.”
For the full story buy Thursday’s Herald.
The winners and highly commended businesses and individuals in full.
Small Business (up to 9 employees ) Sponsored by Adur & Worthing
Winner - Warne Projects Ltd
Highly Commended – Jelly Digital Marketing
Medium Business (10 to 49) Sponsored by Wannops LLP
Winner – Pixel by Pixel
Highly Commended – Piglets Pantry
Business Personality Sponsored by The Martlet Partnership LLP
Winner – Andy Sparsis (Proto Restaurant Group)
Highly Commended – Jonathan Nulty (Vice Puddings)
Lifetime Achievement Headline Sponsor - Sponsored by JSPC Computer
Winner – Martin Godsmark (Carpenter Box)
Manufacturing & Construction Sponsored by Carpenter Box
Winner – Seevent Plastics Ltd
Highly Commended – Tenkay Electronics Ltd
Young Achiever Sponsored by Northbrook College
Winner – Rachel Blair (WCHP)
Highly Commended – Charlie Waring (Assystem UK Limited)
Highly Commended - Charlotte Murray (Seagull Travel)
Start-Up Sponsored by Adur & Worthing Council
Winner – World of Benches
Highly Commended – Mad Hatters Tea Parlour
Highly Commended – The Beauty Island Sanctuary
Customer Service Sponsored by Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce
Winner – Seagull Travel
Highly Commended – Spicer International
Highly Commended – Sparkle Spa
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Sponsored by VIP Venues by Ken Marche
Winner – Worthing Ice Rink
Outstanding Contribution to the Community Sponsored by Electronic
Temperature Instruments Ltd
Winner – Kingsley Roofing Ltd
Large Business (50+ employees) Sponsored by Worthing Pier Southern
Winner – Shoreham Vehicles Auction
Highly Commended – Ricardo Plc
Innovation – Sponsored by Network Fontwell Business Club
Winner – ETI Ltd
Training & Development
Winner – Richard John Academy
Winner – Red Inc
Winner – Mocha Furniture
Place to Eat and or Drink
Winner – Food (Proto Restaurant Group)
Highly Commended – Efes Restaurant
Readers Choice – Sponsored by Worthing Herald
Park View Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic
Overall Business of the Year Sponsored by Spofforths
Winner – Shoreham Vehicle Auctions
Readers Choice – Sponsored by Worthing Herald
Parkview Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic
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