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The Winners of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2018

A full story together with photos and interviews is coming on Monday, but for now, read on for the winners…

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GDBA 2018 (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Gatwick Diamond is home to a vast range of businesses, which span 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.

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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

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

  • Cleankill Pest Control

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

  • Acro Aircraft Seating

The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group

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

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy

  • Assurity Consulting

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

  • Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

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

  • PVL UK Ltd

Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP

  • PVL UK Ltd

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

  • Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres

  • Growth by Desgin

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG

  • Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd

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

  • Juno Wealth Management Ltd

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

  • MHA Carpenter Box

Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest

  • ILG

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.

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

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What to expect when Primark reopens in Crawley in two weeks

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Primark is working re-open their stores on the 15th june and the store has been working hard to ensure their employee and customer safety is their highest priority.

So what can customers expect to find implemented when they reopen?

Social distancing:

There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines.

There will be clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Every second till will be closed to allow more space between customers and between employees.

The store will temporarily close off fitting rooms and customer toilets.

Personal protection for employees and customers:

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use. Face masks and gloves will be made available to all Primark employees.

Perspex screens have been installed on tills to protect customers and employees.

Increased in-store cleaning:

The frequency and rigour of store cleaning will increase, particularly around high frequency touchpoints such as tills, escalators, lifts, and employee areas in back of house.

A basket cleaning system is also being introduced.

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“As we re-open our stores in England, nothing matters more than the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers.

“We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We will adopt all government safety advice as a minimum in our stores and have benefited from our experience in the other markets in Europe where we have already opened successfully. As we open, we will continue to look at best practice across the retail sector and amend our measures appropriately.

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues and partners for the commitment, strength and resilience they have shown through these challenging times.”

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