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Finalists announced for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards ’19

Find out which businesses made it to this years final.



So, who are the best businesses in the Gatwick Diamond Region? 

Well, you’ll need to wait until the 21st March to find out but the Finalists in each of the categories for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019 were announced on 14th February, at a celebration breakfast of the judges and sponsors, hosted by the Awards Venue Partner Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick.

The Gatwick Diamond is home to a vast range of businesses, spanning all sectors of the economy, from household names to niche companies, and from multinationals to sole traders.

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.

The Winners will be presented their awards by the well-known comedian, Marcus Brigstocke, at the eleventh Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 21st March at the Effingham Park Hotel.  The Headline Sponsors are Gatwick Airport, NatWest, Thakeham Homes and Extech Cloud.

The evening starts with a Pre-Dinner Reception sponsored by BGF (Business Growth Fund), and will be rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.

The Finalists in each category are:

Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex Business School

The winner of this award will be the entrant that can demonstrate how their management, staff, suppliers and clients embrace and engage in bringing to life a Responsible Business strategy which benefits and enhances the wider community that it operates in. 

British Airways i360

Green Mop Ltd

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

International growth has enormous benefits for the Gatwick Diamond economy. This Award will go to the organisation that best demonstrates an international growth strategy that has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement.

Acro Aircraft Seating

Aspen Pumps Group

CAE Training & Services UK Ltd

The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by DMH Stallard

The winner must demonstrate experience of consistently exceeding customer expectations in order to deliver world class customer service and delight.

Creative Process Digital

Gemini Print Group

Zara’s Doggy Day Care

The Award for the Place to Meet sponsored by CEC Direct Ltd

The Winner will have clearly demonstrated they understand the essence of a top meeting place for business and the needs of those who use it.  They must show flexibility and a commitment to please their customers and deliver a service of a high standard that represents value for money.  Above all the venue and the service should contribute to the success of customers’ meetings.

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

Sodexo Prestige – Amex Stadium

Surrey Conference Centre – Hartsfield Manor

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy

The winner of this award will be able to demonstrate that they ensure their employees are at the heart of their business, involving them in all aspects to improve performance.

Bio-Productions Ltd

Cleankill Pest Control

Kingston Smith LLP

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

The winner of this award will have shown that they have a firm commitment to developing their people. They will have systematic and effective processes for identifying their workforce development needs and linking these to their business objectives, and will evaluate the success and impact of the training and development activities undertaken by employees.

Cloud9 Insight

JACE Training

Metricell Ltd

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

The winner of this award will demonstrate the establishment and development of the very best relationships between supplier and client.

Acro Aircraft Seating

Gemini Print Group

WS Planning & Architecture

The Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by asb Law LLP

The Winner of this Award will need to demonstrate how technology and innovation has led to an improvement or efficiency in their business, whether in just a part of a larger and established company or as part of their overall growth strategy. This technology and innovation can be around a product or service offered to customers or the way processes have been used or developed to help them to establish or grow their enterprise.

Aspen Pumps Group

Metricell Ltd


Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by Kreston Reeves

The winner of this award will demonstrate how they confront many challenges, but continues to remain competitive, sustainable and future-focused.

Bio-Productions Ltd

Gemini Print Group

Pentagon Plastics Group

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

The winner of this award will have consistently delivered exceptional service to their clients, demonstrating innovation and outstanding expert knowledge in their field, whilst continuing to exhibit excellence in conforming to relevant rules and regulations.

Buss Murton Law LLP

MCA Consulting Engineers


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

The winner of this award will have shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development, and their progression on a recognised learning scheme.

Cameron Heath – SOS Systems Ltd

Sinead Lawson – Assurity Consulting

Emily Wise – Cloud9 Insight

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres

The winner of this award has demonstrated their determination, drive and passion to start and grow a successful business during tough financial times. The winner will have also demonstrated their vision to succeed and overcome many hurdles along the way.

Ethos Farm Ltd

Optime Group Ltd


Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG

The winner of this category will show that they have a clear vision / strategy for their organisation and are committed to growing their Gatwick Diamond based business.

Paul Bates – Cleankill Pest Control

Nick Broom – PVL UK Ltd

Gary Peters –

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

The winner of this category will demonstrate an exceptional track-record of achievement. We are looking for high performing and innovative small businesses that do the right thing for their clients, people and the Gatwick Diamond Community.

MAS Group

ViiSana Ltd

WS Planning & Architecture

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

The winner of this category will demonstrate an exceptional track-record of achievement. We are looking for high performing and innovative organisations that do the right thing for their clients, people and the Gatwick Diamond Community.

Assurity Consulting

Caridon Property



Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.



Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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