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AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners

An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.

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Brian Conley at the 10th Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2018 (Photo by Jon Rigby)

In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.

The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.

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The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.

The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.

The winners in each category were:

Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council

  • Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Hilton Hotel London Gatwick are Green Business of the Year sponsored by Crawley Borough Council (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics

  • Cleankill Pest Control

Cleankill are the Responsible Business of the Year sponsored by University of Sussex BMEc (Photo by Jon Rigby)

International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative

  • Acro Aircraft Seating

Acro Aircraft Seating win International Business of the Year sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group

  • Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick

Driver Hire Gatwick win the Award for Customer Delight sponsored by Thakeham Group (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy

  • Assurity Consulting

Assurity Consulting are Employer of the Year sponsored by Search Consultancy (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College

  • Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

Ashdown Park Hotel Country Club win the Award for Developing People for Business Success sponsored by Crawley College (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton

  • PVL UK Ltd

PVL win the Award for Supply Chain Excellence sponsored by the University of Brighton (Photo by Jon Rigby)

 

Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP

  • PVL UK Ltd

PVL are the Manufacturing Business of the Year sponsored by asblaw (Photo by Jon Rigby)

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

  • Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight

Robert Miles of Cloud9 Insight is the Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (Photo by Jon Rigby)

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres

  • Growth by Design

Growth by Design are the New Business of the Year sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG

  • Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd

Rob Pierre, MD of Jellyfish, is the Business Person of the Year, sponsored by KPMG LLP (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group

  • Juno Wealth Management Ltd

Juno Wealth Management win the Business of the Year, under £1m, sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group (Photo by Jon Rigby)

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

  • MHA Carpenter Box

MHA Carpenter Box are the Business of the Year over £1m sponsored by NatWest (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest

  • ILG

ILG crowned Business of the Decade sponsored by NatWest (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.

Brian Conley at the 10th Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2018 (Photo by Jon Rigby)

 

From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:

We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:

 

This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech.  We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:

Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport.  We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:

Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:

We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.

 

For more, visit www.gatwickdiamondbusinessawards.com or follow @gdbizawards on Twitter

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County Council funding still available for community groups in West Sussex

More than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform so far, with 17 projects reaching their fundraising goal.

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West Sussex County Council have today announced community groups have just over two weeks to upload their ideas for crowdfunded projects in the latest round of county council funding.

Thousands of pounds is being made available to worthwhile community projects across the county thanks to The West Sussex Crowd.

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This crowdfunding platform gives members of the public, businesses and West Sussex County Council the opportunity to pledge money to groups in need of funds.

Project creators have until Monday 8 October to upload their ideas and begin fundraising in order to qualify for the next round of county council Community Initiative Funding.

So far more than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform with 17 projects successfully reaching their fundraising goal.

These include Selsey Care Shop which supports carers and the elderly, The Regis School of Music which hosts support groups, language classes and music lessons, The Quarry Café in East Grinstead and Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week.

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“We have already seen such a range of brilliant projects hit their targets thanks to pledges from members of the public and the county council’s Community Initiative Fund.

“I would encourage more groups to take full advantage of this opportunity by uploading their ideas to The Crowd and start fundraising before the 8 October, to make sure they are eligible for our funding.”

Earlier this month, a number of free clinics offering 1-2-1 project advice were held by local community and voluntary sector organisations in partnership with the county council and crowdfunding partner, Spacehive.

One more clinic will take place this week:

• Crawley project clinic, Wednesday 26 September (midday-4pm) at Crawley Library. To book a place, visit ‘News & Events’ on The Crowd.

The county council’s Community Initiative Fund replaces its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund. It will be allocated at County Local Committee (CLC) meetings throughout the year.

For more information visit www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

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