Seahaven Business Awards 2023 Winners

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The 18th Seahaven Business Awards 2023 was a fantastic evening on Friday, 12 May and it was amazing to celebrate the successes of so many local businesses from Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. The Presidents’ Awards dinner was super-charged with emotions and an overwhelming sense of community. The three Chambers of Commerce – Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven, pulled out all the stops for over 100 VIPs, members and guests at the Jerrom Hall, Peacehaven

It was a fabulous evening in the presence of His Majesty the King’s representative the Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr David Allam, Newhaven Mayor, Paul Boswell, Seaford Deputy Mayor, Cllr Liz Boorman and Peacehaven Mayor, LucyJo Symonds. Guests also included Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs To Minh Thu from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for the UK and Ireland, and Be Thi Ut Nguyen, First Secretary of the Embassy. MP Maria Caulfield and all three Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce completed the VIP guests.

The event was very well supported by local sponsors and categories were judged this year by our two MPs, and the Presidents of the Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven’s Chamber of Commerce and Graham Peters, Chairman of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone.

President of Newhaven Chamber, Mike Shorer said ,‘the three chambers represented here this evening help support and grow local businesses in many ways. What people may not realise is what we all do, creating and running our businesses has more profound effects than simply selling goods or services. Local business enhances the lives of those we work with and their families. The products we make and the services we provide create better lives for everyone and it’s thanks to that we have this amazing opportunity to share knowledge, experience, skills and aspirations throughout our community.’

You can see how the night unfolded in our image gallery.

 We are delighted to announce our winners for 2023:

President’s Award for Creative Enterprise

Sponsored by Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery

1st – Julie’s Art of Noise

2nd – Got Buns Huns

3rd (Joint) – Magpie Art UK and James Cox Music

Winning group Seahaven Business Awards Presidents Award

Best New Business

Sponsored by the Newhaven Enterprise Centre

1st – Pelham Barbers (Seaford)

2nd  – Whittfit Training (Seaford)

2nd – Newleaf Camper Conversions (Newhaven)

Best New Business Group Seahaven Business Awards

Best Environmental Business

Sponsored by Fine Marketing

1st – Havens Food Cooperative

2nd – Take Good Care

3rd (joint) – Jeavons Toffee

Environmental award winners

Best Eatery

Sponsored by Experience It Now Travel

1st – West Quay Cafe

2nd – The Viceroy

3rd – The Bengal Palace Restaurant

Best eatery winners group

Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Swindells Chartered Accountants

1st – Yahya Al-Hattabi from the Yemeni Coffee House

2nd – Levante Novacki from La Maison Catering

3rd – Megan Turk of Got Buns Huns

Seahaven Business Awards Business Person Group

Best Customer Service

Sponsored by The Sussex Sign Company

1st – Rachel Ayres of Seaford’s Secret Fairy’s Bookshop

2nd – Kempton House Day Centre

3rd (Joint) – CmdShiftR and CTLA

Customer Service Winners group Seahaven Business awards

Business of the Year

Sponsored by The Newhaven Enterprise Zone

1st – Inle Home

2nd – Whittfit Training

3rd – Seaford Town Market

Business of the Year winning group

The Seahaven Business Awards recognise businesses which have remarkable resilience, innovation, success, and commitment to staff and who take pride in being part of the community. The winners were presented with trophies made by goldsmith Mike Shorer. Each trophy weighs 4kg and is made from solid aircraft grade alloy, anodised gold and then hand engraved and hand enamelled.

A silent auction and raffle were held raising nearly £500 for the Hillcrest Community Centre. 

With many thanks to key sponsors this year the Charles Cox Group, Veolia, Meeching Estate Agents, Cleankill, V R Flowers & Son, Helen Macauley., Arlettes Florists, Seahaven FM and 2nd Cup of Tea.