Observer and Gazette Business Awards 2014

Q Hair and Beauty won Employer of the Year at The Observer and Gazette Business Awards 2014 SUS-140404-231328001
Q Hair and Beauty won Employer of the Year at The Observer and Gazette Business Awards 2014 SUS-140404-231328001

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.

The results

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

Winner: Rox Music and Arts

Highly commended: Goodwood Health Club and Waterbeach

Young Achiever

Winner: Phillip Turner from Turner’s Pies

Winner: Gary Kellaway from Dream Fitness 24 Hour Gym

Place to Eat

Winner: The Ship Hotel

Start up

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

Small Business

Winner: Bah-Humbug Sweets

Highly commended: Springhouse Law

Medium Business

Winner: Regis Removals Ltd

Highly commended: Millstone Landscapes Ltd

Large Business

Winner: Thesis Asset Management

Highly commended: Sovereign Rotating Machines


Winner: Selsey Works

Green Business

Winner: Green Clean

Business Personality

Winner: Caroline Spiby from Caroline’s Dairy

Training and Development

Winner: Creations Hair and Beauty

Customer Service

Winner: Team Jobs

Highly commended: Bedesigned Jewellery

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Andrew Dunlop from Spofforths Accountants

Readers’ Choice

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

Overall Business

Winner: Turner’s Pies