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Seahaven Business Awards 2016
Seahaven businesses filled the East Brighton Masonic Lodge in Peacehaven on Friday May 6 for this year’s Gala Awards Dinner for the Seahaven Business Awards 2016 – now in its 13th year.
Over 500 nominations were received for 76 companies across the Seahaven area for the 7 categories and 123 guests attended the Awards Dinner. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception on arrival followed by a three course dinner which included Prawn Malaysia, Duck a l’orange and chocolate profiteroles supplied by David Osman Catering.
The judging panel included MPs Maria Caulfield and Simon Kirby, the Mayor of Newhaven Councillor Steve Saunders and the Presidents of the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce. The winners of the seven categories were as follows:
★ President’s Award – Best New Business
– (sponsored by HM Bookkeeping & Payroll Services Ltd)
1st: RW Entertainment
2nd: Mint Hairdressing 3rd: Rosie’s Pampering
★ Best Retailer of the Year
– (sponsored by The Co-op Funeralcare)
1st: Exquisite You Bridal Boutique (Seaford)
2nd: Dees Newsagents (Newhaven) 3rd: Amanda Zoe Jewellery
★ Best Environmental Business
– (sponsored by Payline)
1st: Newberry Tully Estate Agents (Seaford)
2nd: Cleankill Environmental Services 3rd: Wave Leisure
★ Best Eatery Award
– (sponsored by The Sussex Sign Company)
1st: The Hope Inn (Newhaven)
2nd: The Front Room (Seaford), 3rd: The Viceroy (Newhaven)
★ Business Person of the Year
– (sponsored by The Hope Inn)
1st: Richard Soan
2nd: Mike Shorer 3rd: Zuzana Strbakova
★ Best Customer Service
– (sponsored by Excell Design)
1st: Fotobox Photo Lab (Seaford)
2nd: Snipz Barbers (Seaford) 3rd: CTLA
★ Business of the Year
– (sponsored by Swindells Chartered Accountants)
1st: Huckleberry Hair (Seaford)
2nd: Presentable Pooches (Newhaven) 3rd: Bodyhaven Salon (Newhaven)
Just prior to awarding the Seahaven Business Awards trophies, Phil Merry, Vice Chairman of Peacehaven Chamber presented their annual Chairman's Award trophy jointly to Paul Yates Smith and Simon Studd for their achievements throughout the year, and Alasdair Fortune, President of Seaford Chamber awarded their Chairman's trophy jointly to Jonathan Chappell and Gerri Ori.
VIP guests for the evening included His Excellency Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao Vietnamese Ambassador for the UK and Ireland and his wife; Mayor of Newhaven, Councillor Steve Saunders and Lady Mayoress Sharon Bewley; Mayor of Seaford, Councillor David Argent and Lady Mayoress Marian Argent; Mayor of Peacehaven Councillor Robbie Robertson and Lady Mayoress Louise Robertson; the Chairman of Lewes District Council Councillor Nigel Enever and his wife Lynn Enever and MP Simon Kirby. Maria Caulfield MP was unfortunately indisposed so unable to attend.
The Awards were followed by a grand raffle and a silent charity auction organised by Fund Raising Auctions. The proceeds of the raffle and auction - just over £1000 - were donated to Mencap, Seaford & Newhaven Sea Cadets and Denton and Newhaven Scouts – the chosen charities for this event.
Annie Lorys, President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce said: ‘This has been another successful year for the Seahaven Business Awards. The standard of the nominations goes up every year and this gives the judges a very tough job when it comes to selecting the finalists and then the winners. Our congratulations to all the finalists and winners, but I would like to say to the businesses that weren’t placed this year – please don’t be disheartened - please enter again next year.
On behalf of Newhaven Chamber I would like to say a really big thank you to all our sponsors- in particular our two key sponsors Veolia and Wave Leisure. In addition - Cooperative Funeralcare, Fundraising Auctions, Elite Industries, Newhaven Enterprise Centre, HM Bookkeeping, Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery, Newhaven Town Council, and Seahaven FM and and the 7 sponsors of the Awards, without whom this event would not be possible. We are now looking forward to the Seahaven Business Awards 2017!
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