THE cream of the crop of business was celebrated at the glittering Observer and Gazette awards ceremony this evening (April 4).
The very best in business from the Chichester, Bognor Regis, Midhurst, Petworth and Littlehampton turned out to the Hilton Avisford Park Hotel in Arundel.
Rox Music and Arts won the Hospitality Tourism and Leisure Award.
Julia MacFarlane said: “We are really excited, it is nice to get recognition for the hard work.”
Steve Goodhart said: “This has been run for 24 years by volunteers.”
He praised the work of the volunteers in the community.
Brad Ainsworth, who runs his own wealth management firm won the start up award.
He said he was ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ and it was ‘great to be recognised’.
Turner’s Pies from Bognor Regis won three awards - Young Achiever, Retailer and Overall Business.
The family business has been taken over by Phillip Turner’s three sons.
Philip Turner junior won the Young Achiever award. His brother Joe accepted the award on his behalf.
He said:“We have grown from something small to something huge but we do not want to be too big.
“We are looking to serve our local community.”
Dad, Phillip Turner said: “We have got three awards tonight , we’re absolutely over the moon. The boys have pushed it to another level. I’m so proud.”
Selsey Works won the Innovation award. Project manager Sam Tate said: “We’re just delighted really.”
Caroline Spiby from Caroline’s Dairy in Sidlesham won Business Personality and came third in readers’ Choice.
She said: “I’m over the moon. There’s such a good quality of people up for the awards, we didn’t expect it. I’m so pleased, it means people really recognise what we’re doing.”
For a full report and a picture spread see next week’s Observer and Gazette.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Winner: Rox Music and Arts
Highly commended: Goodwood Health Club and Waterbeach
Winner: Phillip Turner from Turner’s Pies
Winner: Gary Kellaway from Dream Fitness 24 Hour Gym
Place to Eat
Winner: The Ship Hotel
Winner: Brad Ainsworth
Highly commended: The Tall Dog
Manufacturing and Construction
Winner: John Brown Architecture
Employer of the Year
Winner: Q Hair and Beauty
Winner: Turner’s Pies
Highly commended: L Guess Jewellers
Employee or Team of the Year
Winner: Gary Ashcroft from Creations
Highly commended: Team Jobs
Winner: Bah-Humbug Sweets
Highly commended: Springhouse Law
Winner: Regis Removals Ltd
Highly commended: Millstone Landscapes Ltd
Winner: Thesis Asset Management
Highly commended: Sovereign Rotating Machines
Winner: Selsey Works
Winner: Green Clean
Winner: Caroline Spiby from Caroline’s Dairy
Training and Development
Winner: Creations Hair and Beauty
Winner: Team Jobs
Highly commended: Bedesigned Jewellery
Winner: Andrew Dunlop from Spofforths Accountants
Winner: Goodwood Health Club and the Waterbeach
Runners up: Sparks Yard and Caroline’s Dairy
The Editors Special Award
Winner: Jonathan Church and Alan Finch from Chichester Festival Theatre
Winner: Turner’s Pies