All who attended the Johnston Press South Business Awards 2013 on Friday night had a fantastic evening, entertained by singing waiters, a casino and a disco into the early hours for the energetic. Hosted by Fred Dinenage, the awards themselves were the headline act and all winners extremely worthy, showcasing the best in business across three counties, bringing together winners from previous awards held by the individual Johnston Press titles.

We were delighted to be the headline sponsor for this great event showcasing business excellence, and to also sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award, which deservedly went to Mary Passmore of Lancing. Other winners included included Qaboo of Burgess Hill for Innovation, First Central Insurance Management Ltd, Haywards Heath for Employer of the Year and the Overall Business award went to The Hungry Guest in Petworth.

Here is a full list of deserving winners:

Overall Business of the Year

Winner – The Hungry Guest

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

Winner: All About Tea

Highly commended: Beachcroft Hotel

Employer of the Year

Winner: 1st Central Insurance Management Ltd

Employee/Team of the Year

Winner: Furniture Now

Education and Training

Winner: Creations Hair & Beauty

Highly commended: Northbrook College

Place to Eat

Winner: Restaurant Tristan

Highly commended: The Fish Factory

Star of the Future (age limit up to 28)

Winner: Cathy Sharp of  Home & Dry


Winner: Recruitment South East

Small Business (up to 10 employees )

Winner: Millbrook Design

Highly commended: Michelle’s Hair & Beauty

Medium Business (10 to 50 employees)

Winner: Capital Consulting International Ltd

Highly commended: Twisted Pair

Large Business (50+ employees)

Winner: Oceanair

Highly commended: Damovo Ltd


Winner: Pressley & Son

Highly commended: The Hungry Guest

Manufacturing & Construction

Winner: Hepworth & Co Brewers Ltd

Going Green

Winner: Balloons for Events


Winner: Qaboo Ltd

Highly commended: Gemma Lighting

Business Personality

Winner: Kaytie Harding (Voice from the Coal Shed)

Highly commended: Dawn Gracie

Customer Service

Winner: Lookers Mercedes Benz & Smart Eastbourne & Brighton