Supporting the 2018 Awards

Meet our sponsors

We are delighted to once again have the support and sponsorship of so many local companies, without whom the awards could not take place.

Click on each name to find out more;

B&CE, The People's Pension - Headline Sponsor

B&CE is a not-for-profit organisation. We began in 1942 by creating simple financial products that meet people's needs. That's how we've run our business ever since. In 2011, we launched The People's Pension - now the UK's largest private-sector workplace pension scheme. - Headline Sponsor

Extech is a multi-award-winning digital transformation and IT specialist, and one of Microsoft’s prioritised and leading partners who can future proof your business.

With a team of strategic consultants and certified engineers, we deliver the latest technological innovations to forward-thinking businesses. All with a human touch.

Gatwick Airport - Headline Sponsor

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport, serving more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year, on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the Gatwick Diamond, contributing £2.3billion GDP and 36,000 jobs to the Gatwick Diamond economy, with around 24,000 on the airport airport campus alone.




NatWest - Headline & Award Sponsor - Business of the Year

Our Vision is to be the Number One Bank for Customer Service, Trust and Advocacy.

The NatWest Banking Commercial and Corporate Teams work with SME’s in a variety of sectors, providing bespoke financial solutions to help them reach their ambitions.

We are proud to sponsor the Business of the Year Award.

asb law LLP - Award Sponsor - Manufacturing Business of the Year

asb law is an innovative, client-centric, UK law and consultancy firm providing services constructed around its four key values of transparency, certainty, collaboration and innovation.

Based out of offices in the south east of England, asb law delivers commercial advice and creates collaborative solutions for organisations and private individuals.


“asb law is proud to sponsor Manufacturing Business of the Year 2018. The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards shine a light on wealth-generating, job-creating companies - vital to the economy. There are some fantastic businesses across the region and it’s important that we recognise and celebrate their success.”


Neil Gardner, Business Development and Marketing Manager, asb law LLP


Basepoint Business Centres Ltd - Award Sponsor - New Business of the Year

Basepoint Business Centres provide high quality managed offices, workshops and studios. With locations across the Gatwick Diamond, we have spaces suitable for almost every business use, on flexible easy in - easy out terms. And if you don't need dedicated workspace, we also provide virtual offices with access to serviced meeting rooms.


 “Basepoint have entered the GDB Awards for a number of years now & are privileged to count ourselves amongst the winners, so partnering with GDB as a sponsor & judge feels like a great way to progress this relationship while supporting the local business community. As providers of office space for start-ups & SME’s, we always excited to see new businesses emerging & love to celebrate success stories so can’t wait to meet with all the entrants this year.”

Crawley College - Award Sponsor - The Award for Developing People for Business Success

Crawley College is committed to working with businesses in the Gatwick Diamond to support their skills and training needs. We offer a wide range of courses including apprenticeships, professional courses and bespoke provision to meet your business needs. The College is proud to be supporting the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards for the 10th year.


"Crawley College is delighted to be sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Business awards again this year.  As a College, we are committed to championing skills development and the 'Award for Developing People for Business Success' recognises exactly this. We are passionate about working with

businesses in the Gatwick Diamond to support their learning and training needs including apprenticeships, professional courses and bespoke provision." Julie Kapsalis - Managing Director

Crawley Borough Council - Award Sponsor - Green Business of the Year

Crawley Borough Council's Green Business Programme (GBP) is a highly successful scheme open to all businesses operating in Crawley. The service involves a site visit by a GBP team member to evaluate energy consumption, resource use, waste and transport and provides action planning and tailored advice to enable the business to cut costs. The Programme Team also supports networking and provides information.

Crawley Borough Council has sponsored the Gatwick Diamond Green Business Award since its inception as it places a high value on sustainable business practice and innovation.

At the heart of the Gatwick Diamond, the council is itself taking measures to reduce energy consumption, resource use, waste and transport, progressing this through its ISO 14001 registered Environmental Management System. The council was also one of the first local authorities to sign up to the 10:10 initiative.

The council's Environment Team provides action planning and tailored advice to local businesses on cutting costs and carbon emissions through improved efficiencies in energy, waste and travel planning. It also supports local business networking through sharing good practice and sourcing supplies. The council is clear that these efforts directly benefit the wider Crawley community and future generations.


Councillor Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environment at Crawley Borough Council, said: "We are keen to support innovative businesses which demonstrate good environmental practice and are very pleased to be sponsoring the Green Business Awards again.

"Our experience with the awards is that we discover new companies with great new ideas and learn about real progress being made by old business friends. We like to share our learning experience of their successes."

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, added: "We are very conscious that good sustainable practice is good for business and is important for the healthy future of Crawley. "We are committed to supporting local business in helping Crawley become carbon neutral. These influential awards recognise the efforts of these companies and demonstrate their achievements to the wider world."

Gatwick Diamond Initiative - Award Sponsor - International Business of the Year

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business led economic partnership which collaborates with local authority and private sector partners to lobby, influence, inspire and promote the Gatwick Diamond locally, nationally and internationally as the UK’s best connected, fastest growing and most dynamic business location.


‘The Gatwick Diamond is a highly productive £24bn economic area. The annual Business Awards is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our international trading success with those large and small businesses which excel in their global markets’.


KPMG - Award Sponsor - Business Person of the Year

KPMG is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax and advisory.  Our innovative spirit inspires what we do and how we do it providing valuable benefits for clients, employees and stakeholders.  Constantly striving to be better lies at the heart of what makes us different.


KPMG values this fantastic opportunity to recognise business leaders in the Gatwick Diamond business area.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council - Award Sponsor - Apprentice of the Year

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is a great location for business; the council is committed to working with businesses large and small to provide them with the best opportunities, which also benefit our residents.  We have a range of initiatives to support business and work closely with our partners to encourage a prosperous local economy.

"Reigate and Banstead Borough Council are absolutely delighted to be supporting the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards this year to celebrate all the great talent within the Gatwick Diamond. We are especially pleased to be Sponsoring Apprentice of the year"  Cllr Humphreys, Portfolio Holder for Business & Economy 

Search Consultancy Ltd - Award Sponsor - Employer of the Year

Celebrating 30 years of business, Search Consultancy is the UK’s leading recruitment consultancy. We place people in a range of industries and are exceptional in what we do. Our unrivalled expertise and scale - 650+ employees and 13 offices - saw us win Recruitment Agency of the Year in 2017.


"As a long established business in the South East of England, we’re proud to partner with the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards which, like us, are committed to finding and celebrating talent and success across the Sussex region. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of local businesses use the awards to showcase their achievements over the past year."

University of Brighton - Award Sponsor - Supply Chain Excellence

The University of Brighton is delighted to sponsor the award for supply chain management, as a leader in both teaching and research in this area.

Our MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management teaches students to understand the process and systems crucial to the world of business and equips them for careers in areas such as supply chain analysis, logistics, manufacturing and operations planning.

Alongside our teaching, our research into supply chain management has generated many business partnerships including a recent knowledge exchange programme with Littlehampton-based Dando Drilling to analyse and optimise the company’s supply chain.


"At the University of Brighton, partnership working is fundamentally important to us. We work with organisations of all types and sizes in sectors as diverse as creative and digital, healthcare, teaching, environmental, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, and engineering.


Our partners also include councils, Local Economic Partnerships, education providers and community organisations.


Ways the University of Brighton can work with you include commercialising our research for the benefit of businesses and society, consultancy and knowledge exchange, use of our facilities and working with our students and graduates on placements and internships."


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University of Sussex - School of Business, Management & Economics - Award Sponsor - Responsible Business of the Year

The School of Business Management and Economics is a vibrant, ambitious and dynamic School with a unique research focus, which takes a strong policy directed view on business practices. The School is exceptionally well placed to provide leadership in the development and dissemination of sustainable business and management practice informed by sound business logic.


The University of Sussex School of Business, Management and Economics are proud to sponsor the Responsible Business of the Year Award. We have a long standing commitment to ethics, responsibility and sustainability and are pleased to be able to support business partners with demonstrating these principles within their own contexts. As a School we are signed up to the UN Global Compact, Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) incorporating social responsibility and sustainability values in both teaching and research. University of Sussex believes that higher education helps social mobility and that it is important for all young people to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their background. Hence, we work with business partners to offer paid internship opportunities through our award winning First Generation Scholar scheme.

Thakeham Group - Award Sponsor - Customer Delight

Thakeham Group is proud to create and enhance communities while ensuring the delivery of aspirational buildings and places where people dream of living. With substantial land holdings secured in highly sought after areas of the Home Counties, the exceptional quality Thakeham Group  delivers is now being seen by an even wider audience.


Statement from Robert Boughton

"Thakeham are excited to partner with Gatwick Diamond at the 2018 Business Awards. In addition, we are thrilled to be sponsoring the award for ‘Customer Delight’. At Thakeham, we strive to deliver the best housing across the Gatwick Diamond area - aiming to delight our customers with a superb, quality product that we can be proud of." 

Platinum Publishing Group - Media Partner & Award Sponsor






AvensysLive - Staging Design & AV Technology Sponsor

AvensysLive is a single source, full service production house specialising in consultancy, design and technical production for corporate events and digital media projects. 

We specialise in stage setting design and audio visual production for corporate events such as conferences, roadshows, internal briefings, awards, exhibitions and more.  Our expert team produces events nationwide on a weekly basis for our corporate clients, and daily to over 15 major hotels, venues and conference centres for whom Avensys is the appointed AV supplier.

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable in-house team works closely with our clients to ensure the very best outcome for their event projects.  Having extensive in-house resources enables us to produce creative, relevant events, to high production standards, cost effectively, and to schedule.


"AvensysLive is proud to be a GDB member and to be associated with such a hugely respected and successful corporate awards scheme.  The GDBA scheme brings tangible benefits to its participants, raises awareness of creativity, innovation, and the business diversity the region offers.  It attracts the very best of businesses from across a wide range industry sectors in the region, providing a great opportunity for quality networking."


AvensysLive is a division of Avensys Ltd





Copthorne & Millennium Hotels - Venue Partner

Built around a historic and charming country house, the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick is set in 40 acres of picturesque parkland.

Ideally situated, just a short distance from Gatwick International Airport, the hotel has a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere, and dedicated staff are on hand to provide outstanding service.

The Hotel offers every comfort with; 122 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, one restaurant, Lounge Bar, Sports Bar, 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and "Le Club", our health club.

We also offer extensive Meetings and Events facilities including 15 individually designed meeting rooms and the Millennium Suite which will accommodate up to 600 people for any event from a Product Launch to a Dinner Dance.


Gatwick Diamond Business - Event Organiser

Established for over 60 years, Gatwick Diamond Business has been the leading voice for business and commerce in the region.

Representing business, we provide a united voice to influence Local and Central Government issues. gdb is run by the members for the members. It is also financially and politically independent.


Storm12 Ltd - Creative Partner

Storm12 is the home of attention-grabbing design, web and video. We deliver creative that gets the job done. Why Storm12? It's the most powerful on the Beaufort scale, the most forceful it can be. Like us, it causes disruption except we do it in a good way. Force 12 storms are talked about, they live long in the memory. Our creative does the same.


"It’s a real privilege to support GDBA 2018 as Creative Partner. We thrive on helping the Awards continue to grab attention, build success and style. It’s also great to meet the very best local business from across the South East aiming to take home these prestigious trophies."

Matt Saunders, Managing Director, Storm12

Slinkies Events - Chair Covers & Table Centres

Slinkies Events prides itself on customer satisfaction. We work with you to ensure that all the details for your function are exactly how you imagine them. We have a wide range of hire items available from Giant Illuminated LOVE Letters, LED Twinkle Dance floors, Chair Covers right through to Tables and Chairs, Candy Carts and Mobile Bars, if you can’t see what you’re looking for then please ask.

We are continually updating the website to keep you up to date. We cover a wide area across, Surrex, Sussex, and Kent, based by Gatwick Airport we cover all across the South East decorating corporate events, live events, weddings and celebrations.


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Search Ltd

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