Seahaven Business Awards 2018 Winners announced!

Winners of the Seahaven Business Awards 2018

The Seahaven Business Awards 2018 were held at the President’s Award dinner, a glittering occasion, on May 11th when hosts Newhaven Chamber of Commerce in association with Seaford and Peacehaven Chambers, held their annual business awards at the Jerrom Hall in Peacehaven.

It was a fabulous evening with over 100 guests attending in the presence of Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, David Allam and His Excellency Ambassador Tran Ngoc An of Vietnam together with local MPs Maria Caulfield and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the towns’ three Mayors and all three Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce.

The event is well supported by local sponsors and the event was judged this year by the two MPs, the President of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Peacehaven & District Chamber and the Mayors of Seaford and Newhaven.

President of Newhaven Chamber, Mike Shorer said ‘The Seahaven Business Awards are a celebration of the success of businesses in the Newhaven area and this year we have attracted a record number of nominations for a great variation of enterprises, from sole traders to global distributors.

Newhaven is undergoing a dynamic regeneration in the business sector which is planned to expand into leisure and the growing artistic movement and it is a good time to expand your business and help us create a Newhaven of which we can all be justly proud.’

Winners 2018:

Presidents Award: Business in the Community

Sponsored by Elite Industries, presented by Gary Walsh.

Winner: Hillcrest Community Café, Newhaven (Joan Rhodes)
2nd Place: Julie’s Art of Noise, (Julie Terry)
Runner up: SeahavenFM (Nick Mallinson)

Best New Business

Sponsored by Excell Design & Marketing presented by Richard Excell

Winner: Lodge Hair Beauty Salon, Seaford (Jo Avey and team)
2nd Place: Up ‘n’ Downs Trampoline Club, Seaford (Karen Waddington and team)
Runner up: Affordable Cars of Newhaven and Peacehaven (Jay Russell and Grant Thomson)

Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Swindells Accounting and presented by Ian Jenkins.

Winner: Rachel Stafford, Butterfly Nursery, Peacehaven
2nd Place: Richard Light, Fundraising Auctions, Newhaven
Runner up: Nick Mallinson, SeahavenFM

Best Customer Service

Sponsored by Meeching Estate Agents, presented by Paul Boswell.

Winner: Easy Tone Fitness, Newhaven (Liz Garvey – owner and Tasha Carey)
2nd Place: Bengal Palace Restaurant, Seaford (Tanim and Asfa Hussain)
Runner up: Richard Soan Roofing, Lewes (Jane Edwards)

Best Eatery

Sponsored by Fundraising Auctions, presented by Richard Light.

Winner: The Hope Inn, Newhaven (Landlord Shem Gardner)
2nd Place: Bengal Palace Restaurant, Seaford (Tanim and Asfa Hussain)
Runner up: Hillcrest Community Café, Newhaven (Joan Rhodes)

Best Environmental Business

Sponsored by Fine Marketing, presented by Julia Johnson

Winner: Strategic Management Partners, Saltdean (Proprietor Clive Bonny)
2nd Place: CTLA Newhaven
Runner up: Badger Inks, Seaford (Proprietor Alasdair Fortune)

Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Sussex Sign Company and presented by Managing Director Norman Mayhew

Winner: Tomsetts Distribution, Newhaven (Andrew Tucknott)
2nd Place: Feminine Touch, Peacehaven (Claire Allum-Antilles)
Runner up: Elite Industries, Newhaven (Gary Walsh)


The Seahaven Business Awards recognise businesses which have shown tremendous commitment, innovation, success, commitment to staff and businesses which take pride in being part of the community. Over 600 entry forms were returned this year nominating over 50 different businesses in the Seahaven area.

The winners were presented with trophies designed and made by Newhaven Chamber President, goldsmith Mike Shorer. Each trophy weighs 4kg and is made from solid aircraft grade alloy, anodised gold and then hand engraved
and hand enamelled.

With many thanks to the key sponsors this year Veolia, Wave Leisure, Elite Industries, Coop Funeral Care, Newhaven Enterprise Centre, HM Bookkeeping and Payroll Services Ltd, Seahaven FM and Arlettes Florists.

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