1066 BUSINESS AWARDS

The best of local 1066 Country businesses and entrepreneurs was celebrated at the 2015 1066 Business Awards. A glittering black tie ceremony was held at Bannatyne Spa Hotel in St Leonards on Friday, July 10 with many awards being presented to winners and those in the highly commended categories. Over 250 people attended the gala awards event, which was hosted by Danny Pike, of BBC Sussex and co-ordinated by Faiza Shafeek, sponsorship co-ordinator for JP South Events and Johnston Press South who thanked all the sponsors for making the event possible.

After a three-course meal and light entertainment from Jade Powers singing well-known Shirley Bassey favourites, the ceremony got under way. Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd took to the stage to say a few words and wish all the businesses well before the accolades were presented. She said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people representing so many varied businesses. The area is really beginning to take off in creating employment, which is so important.”

Doug Thorogood, 1066 Country branch chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, the headline sponsors of the awards, spoke briefly about the organisation and how it supports small firms across 1066 Country. Keynote speaker Michelle Downey, from thebestof, then gave a few words on stage, encouraging winners to sell their business on the back of their award.

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2015 WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year Sponsored by: Hastings Borough Council

WINNER: Swan House, HC: The True Crime Museum

Eatery (Restaurant / Pub / Cafe) of the Year Sponsored by: Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Hastings
WINNER: Pomegranate, WINNER: The Crown HC: Pizzarelli

Best Start-Up Business (under 2 years) Sponsored by: McPhersons Chartered Accountants
WINNER: The True Crime Museum, HC: The Crown, HC: Fulcrum Learning (UK) Ltd

Retailer of the Year Sponsored by: Enterprise Centre
WINNER: The Source Hastings Ltd, HC: Super Stitch 86

Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Sponsored by: Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
WINNER: Invest & Fund Ltd, HC: Serenity Hair & Beauty, HC: The Studio

Medium Business of the Year (10-50 employees) Sponsored by: Lawler Davis
WINNER: Hastings Printing Co, HC: Fuzion4 Group, HC: Jenco Electrical Ltd

Large Business of the Year (50+ employees) Sponsored by: Recruitment South East
WINNER: Marshal-Tufflex, WNNER: Gaby Hardwhicke Solicitors

Outstanding Contribution to the Community Sponsored by: Hastings Direct
WINNER: Deeday White & John (Tush) Hamilton, HC: Hastings Beer Festival

Young Achiever of the Year Sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine
WINNER: Solomon Curti,s HC: Luke Roberts

Investor in Training Business of the Year Sponsored by: Lets Do Business Group
WINNER: Sussex Coast College, HC: Fulcrum Learning (UK) Ltd

Customer Service Award Sponsored by: The Best of Hastings
WINNER: Click4Reg, HC: Numerical Bookkeeping Ltd

Innovation Award Sponsored by: Identity Signage & Printing
WINNER: The Source Hastings Ltd

Jobseeker Award Sponsored by: Hastings Works
WINNER: Alfie Bilsby, HC: Isaac Booker

Business Person of the Year Sponsored by: 1066 Country
WINNER: Tim Pearce

Overall Business of the Year click for more info Sponsored by: Federation of Small Businesses
WINNER: The Source Hastings Ltd

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The main sponsor for 2015 was The Federation of Small Businesses

>> FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SPONSORS CLICK HERE

Advantages of being a sponsor range from extensive publicity in all Observer Series newspapers over the months prior to the event to ongoing post-awards coverage, along with all the PR and business advantages that this carries with it. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of these worthy awards at next year's event, do contact event organiser, Faiza Shafeek at faiza.shafeek@jpress.co.uk or telephone on 01323 414493.

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Recenseo Why and how to enter

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For more information please contact Events Organiser Faiza Shafeek
at the Observers on 01323 414493 or click here to email.