Supporting the 2016 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;

Gatwick Airport - Headline Sponsor

Gatwick Airport is the busiest single-runway airport in the world. It currently serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year.




Emirates Airline - Headline Sponsor

Emirates airline operates 133 non-stop flights per week from the UK to Dubai – six services a day from Heathrow, four daily from London Gatwick, three from Manchester and Birmingham, two from Glasgow and a daily service from Newcastle. In Dubai, passengers can connect to flights to Emirates' global network which spans over 150 destinations across six continents.

NatWest Bank - Headline & Award Sponsor - Business of the Year

Our vision is to be the relationship bank of choice for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

The NatWest Commercial Banking team works with SMEs 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.

Nestlé UK & Ireland - Headline Sponsor

Nestlé UK & Ireland is a subsidiary of Nestlé SA, the world's leading nutrition, health & wellness company.

We are a major player within the UK and Irish food industry employing 8,000 employees across 23 sites.

We are proud to produce some of Britain's best loved brands such as Kit Kat, Nescafé, Smarties, Buxton, Go Cat and Shreddies.

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

asb law is an innovative, client-centric, UK law and consultancy firm providing a wide range of services to owner-managed businesses and global organisations. We work with management teams across the manufacturing sector, providing advice and guidance to help maximise efficiency, sustain business growth and minimise risk.


You speak. We listen. Together we create the solution.

Central Sussex College - Award Sponsor - The Award for Developing People for Business Success

Central Sussex College supports employers within the Gatwick Diamond by helping them to identify the training needs of their business and to develop their workforce through flexible training and development programmes, apprenticeships and tailored solutions.

It works with over 2000 employers each year and holds the Training Quality Standard in recognition of its excellence in design and delivery of training solutions which have a positive impact on business success.


"As a college that provides training to around 2,000 business customers in the Gatwick Diamond area, we are delighted to be sponsoring the award for Developing People for Business Success. It is always a great pleasure to see how the cream of the crop develop people within their business."

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."

Extech - Award Sponsor - Customer Delight

Extech is an award winning customer service led IT organisation of strategic IT specialists and certified engineers based in the Gatwick Diamond. We deliver comprehensive, secure IT services and solutions to SME's that boost productivity, performance and reliability. We accept that every business is different, so we take the time to understand your business in order to deliver a tailored, future proofed range of solutions and services.


"We passionately believe delivering customer delight is the key difference between good and great businesses. It is the key ingredient for retaining long-term relationships with your customers and attracting new clients. We look forward to meeting businesses within the region who can demonstrate experience of consistently exceeding customer expectations in order to deliver world class customer service and delight, which is why we are judging this category. The winner will have the desire to go that extra mile in order to encourage advocacy and loyalty for the brand/service. Great customer service leads to repeat business and positively impacting the bottom line."

Federation of Small Business - West Sussex - Award Sponsor - New Business of the Year

The Federation of Small Businesses is the leading membership organisation for small businesses with over 180,000 members. It offers a range of member benefits, of which the most popular is the 24/7 legal advice line. FSB actively lobbies both government and opposition on issues affecting small businesses.


"As the leading Business Awards in the area we decided to join with the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards rather than launch our own in order to raise awareness of the strength and variety of small business among public and private sector, both large and small."


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

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business led economic partnership free to businesses. Business leaders work with the local authorities and government agencies to address the economic needs of the area to ensure it is a world class place to do business.


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."

Rawlison Butler LLP - Award Sponsor - The Award for Innovation and Technology

Rawlison Butler LLP is a leading South East law firm. Our lawyers give clear and straightforward advice with practical and innovative recommendations to our clients in the areas of corporate/commercial, technology, employment, commercial disputes, property and private client. Our experienced teams work in partnership with our clients, who range from large acquisitive companies through to SMEs, entrepreneurs and owner managers, to understand their business and provide a high standard of legal advice which takes into account the broader commercial picture.


"Rawlison Butler is delighted to, once again, be sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Innovation & Technology Award, recognising forward-thinking businesses that have demonstrated real passion for innovation and technological advancement. This year we are looking forward to learning how some of the South East's most creative and commercial minds use innovative business techniques and technologies to develop new or enhanced products and/or to improve business practice and efficiencies. The Innovation and Technology Award has always been a highly competitive category and one that we remain very proud to sponsor"

Search Consultancy - Award Sponsor - Employer of the Year

Established in 1987 and operating in Sussex from 2010, Search Consultancy has grown to become one of the UK's leading specialist recruitment companies. With offices in 13 locations across the country, we have built an enviable reputation amongst clients and candidates for providing an exceptional recruitment service.


"Search Consultancy is delighted to be once again sponsoring The Employer of the Year award at the Gatwick Diamond awards and we are looking forward to finding those unique and exceptional factors that make an outstanding place to work in the local area."

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."


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

We deliver skills for life in management, economics, science & technology policy and innovation studies, creating a better future for individuals and communities all over the world. Businesses connect with us to recruit outstanding graduates, raise their profile and further their expertise through professional development or commissioning research.

"The School of Business, Management and Economics at Sussex University is delighted to sponsor the Responsible Business award. We are proud to incorporate principles of corporate social responsibility and sustainability into every aspect of our administration, teaching, research and engagement activities. And we lead the way in improving policy and practice, by collaborating with and advising governments and organisations."

Professor Steven McGuire

Head of School of Business, Management & Economics, University of Sussex

Vines BMW & MINI - Award Sponsor - Place To Meet

Vines Group is a privately owned BMW and MINI franchise group, who serve the local retail and business community. The sponsorship of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2017, Place to Meet category, enables us to show support for all the businesses who are making a real difference in the local area and to recognise them for going above and beyond to lead the way in modern retailing.


"The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is a wonderful way to acknowledge local business efforts; it's an opportunity to draw inspiration from and engage with other businesses in diverse sectors.

Irwin Mitchell - Pre-Dinner Reception Sponsor

Irwin Mitchell is a nationally acclaimed law firm offering a broad range of legal services to national and international organisations, mid-market and owner-managed businesses and private individuals. The recent merger with Thomas Eggar has expanded the firm's offering to include safeguarding our clients' wealth as well as their business interests.


"These awards recognise inspirational and ambitious businesses and individuals, committed to growing this diverse economic region, and Irwin Mitchell shares that ambition and commitment for continued success."

Avensys Pro - Staging Design & Event Partner

Avensys Live specialises in consultancy, design and technical production for corporate events. We provide a single-source, full production service for conferences, roadshows, internal briefings, awards, dinners, and more.

Our extensive in-house physical resources and experienced team enable us to produce creative, relevant events to exacting standards, cost-effectively and to schedule.

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.


Mistique Events - Event Partner

Mistique Events has been providing professional and creative event management services for a number of years and we are now one of the UK's leading agencies.

From weddings to parties, conferences to gala dinners, our experienced and dedicated events organizers are here to help you plan your special day. We pride ourselves on listening to your needs, building close relationships so you have complete peace of mind throughout the process.

And our range of quality services are designed so we can tailor your special event from start to finish, to meet your own particular requirements and budget, without compromise. From an intimate celebration to a themed banquet for thousands, we are passionate and dedicated to creating a truly unique experience that will take your breath away in fact.

The only limit is your imagination.

Platinum Business Magazine - Media Partner

Platinum Business Magazine is the largest circulation business publication in the South East and is delighted to be partnered with the most prestigious business awards in the South East.

Platinum distributes to just about every business in the region and with 235,000 monthly readers, it is the only media that can reach this market. Platinum's new range of official Chamber publications will further cement the footprint upon the region.


"Platinum is delighted to be chosen as the exclusive media partner for the awards for the third year running. The GDBA are the most prestigious such awards in the region, supported by some of the largest companies, and it is rewarding to be involved in an event that can change the course of a companies future."


Storm Creative Partnership - Creative Partner

Storm is an award-winning integrated design and marketing agency. We're creative people - we love ideas. Big ideas, clever ideas, simple ideas - they're what make us tick.

We work with large B2B organisations, supporting their sales and marketing teams with creative strategies that generate leads coupled with maximum brand and client engagement.


"It's a real privilege to support GDBA 2017 as Creative Partner. We thrive on helping the Awards continue to build momentum, 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, Storm Creative Partnership


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