Brighton & Hove Buses
Category: Company of the Year

Brighton & Hove Buses serve the most number of passengers outside of London but it’s not just a bus operator – it prides itself at being at the heart of the community and plays a key part in helping the city and its environs to be happy and healthy.


Cheesmur Building Contractors
Category: Businessperson of the Year

Cheesmur is an established Lewes-based contractor, founded in 1936 and working collaboratively with its clients and supply chain. Working closely with local companies and tradespeople. Cheesmur consistently delivers high quality services, supports the local economy, and provides training and apprenticeships under-pinned by ethical business values.


Category: Best Green Business

Veolia has a 30-year contract for the delivery of an integrated waste management service across South Downs. Working in partnership with both East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council, it is committed to providing a sustainable approach to managing the area’s household and commercial waste.


Category: Best Customer Service

Basepoint provide high quality managed office space with flexible “easy in, easy out” terms that are ideal for small to medium sized businesses. As well as providing a range of flexible serviced and managed offices, virtual offices and serviced meeting rooms, the company aims to build small to medium size business communities that add value to the areas they are in.


Category: Entrepreneur of the Year

The Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) is a project set up by Lewes District Council to help grow the local economy through the creation of new jobs and businesses within our local area. LEAP is a partnership between the public, private and community sectors.


Viva Lewes
Category: Culture, Leisure & Tourism

Proud publishers of Viva Lewes and Viva Brighton, with a combined monthly circulation of 26,000 copies delivered to homes and businesses. With interviews, profiles and listings, Viva Lewes is a discerning guide to what’s what, who’s who and what’s on in the local area.


Platinum Business Magazine
Category: Best Business Growth

The Platinum Publishing Group is a breath of fresh air in the world of publishing with titles that are always informative, always relevant, and always irreverent.


Yelo Architects
Category: The Professional Services Award

Yelo Architects are recognised as one of the leading practices in the Brighton area & provide a full range of architectural services across the South East.

We have built a reputation for high quality & contemporary architecture. Projects range from bespoke homes to the multi award winning One Hove Park & a tasting room for Ridgeview Wine Estate.


Richard Soan Roofing
Category: Business in the Community

Established in 1988, Richard Soan Roofing Services is a family-owned, Lewes based roofing contractor and undertakes residential, commercial and industrial roofing. It is a member of The National Federation of Roofing Contractors and Heritage approved. Much of its business is obtained on recommendation.


Category: Small Business of the Year

Based in two locations in East Sussex, Swindells has been trading for more than 90 years. It is a Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors with specialists in a variety of fields. Its partners have over 150 years of experience working with small businesses and understand the challenges faced by business owners.


ACES Magazine
Category: The Best Place to Entertain Clients

ACES Magazine is the brand new publication from the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex. Part of the Platinum Publishing Group, ACES is the largest circulation business magazine in East Sussex.


Wave Leisure
Category: Best Independent Retailer

Wave Leisure Trust Ltd. is a registered charitable company limited by guarantee and a Social Enterprise.  It has an annual turnover of £5m and employs 235+ staff, managing in excess of 1 million customer leisure centre visits per year.



Knill James
Category: Best Independent Food or Drink Producer

Knill James is a leading accountancy firm based in Lewes, which has been trading for 127 years, providing services to businesses in the Brighton, Lewes and Gatwick Diamond area, and across the South East. The firm has six partners and in excess of 60 staff.


Category: The Creative Industries Award

UNIGLOBE Preferred Travel is a strategically-led innovative Travel Management Company, delivering custom built solutions for SMEs and global clients, both nationally and internationally. We have built a reputation for providing excellent service, along with great savings on behalf of our clients.