Supporting the 2020 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 & Award Sponsor - Community Investment Business of the Year

Gatwick Airport is the UK's second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries for 46 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 24,000 on-airport jobs and a further 12,000 jobs through related activities. 85,000 jobs nationally.


Gatwick Airport's Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

"Gatwick is delighted to once again be sponsoring these awards and supporting the growth of local business in the region. We contribute £2.3bn to the Gatwick Diamond economy alone and support thousands of jobs in the local community so we look forward to celebrating the winners of these prestigious awards."


Gatwick Airport's Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge said:

'Gatwick is delighted to be sponsoring Community Investment business of the year 2020. It is the first time gdb has introduced this category and we believe investment in the local community brings enormous benefit to the region.'


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Community Investment Business of the Year - Gatwick Airport Ltd


Headline & Award Sponsor - Business of the Year over £1m

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 growth aspirations.

We are proud to be celebrating and supporting local businesses through sponsoring the Business of the Year award. 


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form-Business of the Year Over 1m-NatWest

Thakeham Group

Headline Sponsor

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 be a Headline Sponsor of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2020.

Extech Cloud

Headline Sponsor

Extech Cloud is an award-winning IT managed service provider who have supported SMEs for over 30 years. We help our customers modernise their workplace through innovative digital transformation solutions, such as Cyber Security and Cloud technology. Our aim is to Humanise IT: delivering IT solutions and service with a personal touch.


As is consistent with our values, the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards celebrates people and businesses who have shown innovation, inspiration and commitment in their line of work. Both Extech Cloud and the Gatwick Diamond are prominent institutions in the Gatwick Diamond region, and this partnership is another step for both organisations to demonstrate their commitment to celebrating business excellence.


Award Sponsor - Business of the Year up to £1m

We have been in Crawley for in excess of 40 Years, in the region we have been  advising our clients since 1798. Our commitment to the Gatwick Diamond region from our 8 offices and 180 staff fully reflects the importance of the region to our business.


SHW values the work undertaken by Gatwick Diamond, we were ourselves nominated a few years ago and felt the opportunity to get to know a number of dynamic businesses in the region was an opportunity we would have been very foolish to ignore.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form- Business of the Year Up to 1M-SHW

Richard Place Dobson

Award Sponsor - Business Person of the Year

Richard Place Dobson Chartered Accountants have been providing exceptional client service in Sussex for over 110 years. We build strong relationships with our clients and help them to develop their goals and meet their statutory obligations. We are specialists in the corporate, the private client and charity/not-for-profit sectors.


We have chosen to partner with gdb to reflect our growing commitment to the Gatwick Diamond and the support required by the growing business community, especially in such uncertain times.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Business Person of the Year - Richard Place Dobson

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'.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - International Business of the Year - Gatwick Diamond Initiative

Crawley College

Award Sponsor - The Award for Developing People

Crawley College offers technical and professional courses for young people and adults in a wide variety of subject areas, taught by highly experienced staff. Crawley College is part of the Chichester College Group - the largest college group in Sussex - providing quality training opportunities for over 25,000 students every year.


Crawley College is delighted to be continuing its sponsorship of the 'Award for Developing People'. Our mission is 'changing lives through learning' and we are passionate about championing organisations who value and invest  in their people." Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director, Chichester College Group 


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - The Award for Developing People - Crawley College

University of Sussex

The Award for Innovation & Technology

The University of Sussex has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation that has made a real difference to the lives of many students, and those who benefit from our research and wider endeavours. Contact our Business Engagement team to find out how you can Collaborate with US.  


University of Sussex’ research is contributing new knowledge, ideas and solutions, which is leading to real change in the world and making a difference to people’s lives. Designed to be different, the University of Sussex has a distinguished tradition of disruptive innovation and are proud sponsors of this year’s Innovation and Technology category for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - The Award for Innovation & Technology - University of Sussex

Menzies LLP

Awards Sponsor - The Award for Brighter Thinking

Menzies combine strategic commercial thinking with financial expertise to add real value across all areas of business. Our #BrighterThinking approach is more than just balancing the books; it's the difference we make to clients. Services include advisory, audit and assurance, business tax, transaction services, private client, outsourcing and wealth management.


Menzies LLP are excited to be sponsoring the Award for Brighter Thinking at the 2020 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.  We look forward to congratulating the winner and their teams who have a similar ethos to Menzies, challenging the status quo to deliver outstanding results for their company and its customers.


Download the Entry Form here:

2020 Entry Form - The Award for Brighter Thinking - Menzies LLP

Search Consultancy Ltd

Award Sponsor - Employer of the Year

Search Consultancy is a leading recruitment agency in Gatwick and we believe we are exceptional in what we do. Our unrivalled expertise and scale - comprising 700+ employees and 15 UK office locations – mean that we can provide a quality service to Sussex based clients and jobseekers alike.


“We are delighted to sponsor the “ Employer of the Year Award”. As recruitment partner of choice for many Sussex businesses since 2000, it’s a pleasure to support their development and celebrate their success.”  - Debbie Caswell, Chief Operating Officer, Search Consultancy


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Employer of the Year - Search Consultancy

Britaniacrest Recycling Limited

Award Sponsor - Green Business of the Year

Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd is a family business employing over 95 staff within the local area. Formed in 1993 by Ray Foss, with a wealth of knowledge and over 40 years experience in the haulage and waste industry to provide affordable and professional skip hire and waste management service for private and commercial customers.


"We are sponsoring this Award to bring awareness to the green issues that currently bring challenges to the environment, both financially and ethically"


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form- Green Business of the Year - Britaniacrest

University of Sussex Business School

Award Sponsor - New Business of the Year

The University of Sussex Business School is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and has a global reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Many of our graduates go on to work for employers in the region, and we are proud of our engagement with Sussex businesses, offering student placements, graduate recruitment, knowledge exchange opportunities and research partnerships. 


With our focus on developing entrepreneurial skills in our students, we’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s ‘New Business of the Year’ award. It’s an exciting opportunity to encourage emerging talent, and support the region’s strengths as the home of dynamic, growing businesses.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - New Business of the Year - University of Sussex Business School

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Award Sponsor - Apprentice of the Year

Reigate & 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 Place & Economic Prosperity


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Apprentice of the Year - Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Prowse & Co. Ltd

Award Sponsor - The Award for The Place to Meet

Prowse & Co: Bringing People & Places Together
We provide place marketing to help locations build thriving communities, drive footfall and attract skills, inward investment and tourism. Our services include market research and strategy, corporate communications, social media, content marketing, conferences and internal comms for companies, economic development partnerships, education institutions, business improvement districts, tourism operators and governments at a local, national and international level.


One of the key factors in creating a strong local economy is the recognition of successful places.  Prowse & Co. is delighted to sponsor this Award to celebrate the distinctive,  noteworthy and perhaps quirky business meeting venues in our region.


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form- The Award for Place to Meet

Kreston Reeves

Award Sponsor - Manufacturing Business of the Year

Kreston Reeves advise dynamic businesses, not for profit organisations, private individuals and families on all areas of business, tax and wealth helping them make confident decisions about the future. We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of all our clients wherever their ambition takes them.


Kreston Reeves Manufacturing Partner Allan Pinner commented: “The Gatwick Diamond Awards provide the opportunity for businesses and professionals to be recognised for their success and hard work whether for growth, innovation or contribution to our community.  We are particularly delighted to be sponsoring the Manufacturing Business of the Year 2020 “


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Manufacturing Business of the Year - Kreston Reeves

Crawley Borough Council

Award Sponsor - Professional Services Firm of the Year

Crawley Borough Council provides a wide range of services to more than 110,000 residents and thousands of businesses.

We support and promote businesses by organising events and initiatives, while our Economic Development Team aims to maintain sustainable growth, nurture businesses and encourage entrepreneurs in our town – the main economic driver in the region.


Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “Crawley has a thriving professional services sector. Businesses are continuing to grow and are performing well regionally.

“I’m delighted that we’re recognising this vital element of the town’s economy by supporting this award.”


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Professional Services Firm of the Year - Crawley Borough Council

Red River Software

Award Sponsor - Growth Business of the Year

Red River Software is a team of technology and business experts that create transformative digital platforms and products for businesses looking to become industry leaders.

Our mission is to drive value into businesses through technology allowing them to maximise company profit and value. 

Our vision is to help visionaries create tech-focused, high value, high growth businesses.   


“We are delighted to partner gdb with this award as we want to help recognise and reward companies with the determination, ingenuity and skill needed to scale up their businesses.”


Download the Entry Form here: 

2020 Entry Form - Growth Business of the Year - Red River

Southern Railway and Gatwick Express

Award Sponsor - The Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Gatwick Diamond

The Gatwick Express is a high-frequency rail passenger service connecting London Victoria, Gatwick Airport and Brighton and celebrated its 35th birthday in 2019. Everything we do as a railway is about connecting people and providing the pathways that improve their lives and their communities. Each year our service transports around 10 million customers including business travellers, commuters, and tourists.


‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Gatwick Diamond. In partnership with Gatwick Diamond Business we want to support our communities and local businesses to ensure our region continues to thrive. Through strengthened relationships with businesses we can have a huge impact in improving lives and our local area.’


Staging Design & AV Technology Sponsor

Avensys Hire & Events division specialises in consultancy, design and technical production for corporate events, including conferences, award ceremonies, gala dinners, roadshows, exhibitions, and private events.
We operate UK-wide, for a wide range of clients, at many different types of venues and event spaces.
Our experienced team works tirelessly to ensure the very best outcome for each event, and our extensive in-house resources means we can deliver creative, relevant events with high production values, on budget and to schedule.


 "Avensys is proud to be a gdb member and to be associated with such a progressive, hugely respected and successful corporate awards programme.  The awards scheme brings commercial benefits to its participants, and raises awareness of the creativity, innovation, and diversity that the region offers. As a partner, we benefit from exposure to the very best of a businesses from across a wide range industry of sectors in the region - it's networking at its best."

JR Print

Menu Print Sponsor

JR Print Proud to be supporting businesses in our region for over 50 years. With a wide range of printed solutions.

For us its all about long term relationships and working together to achieve our customers objectives.


Pre-Dinner Reception Sponsor

Norwegian Airlines operates a mix of Boeing next generation planes from London Gatwick to key US, South American and European cities. We pride ourselves on friendly consistent product that offer year round value for money prices on planes with an average age of less than 4 years.

We see the GDB Awards as recognising achievement for local business and as Gatwick Hub airline that flies globally we wish to celebrate this success and remind businesses they can use our network to assist with many of their corporate travel plans that involve overseas meetings.


Media Partner

Platinum Publishing produces the largest circulation business magazines in the UK, reaching circa 720,000 readers across all platforms and is the ONLY way to learn what is going on in the region. Packed with information, news and views, it is not to be missed and we are delighted to be the exclusive media partner for the gdb Awards for the third year.


The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is the premier event in the region, celebrating the very best of the Diamonds dynamic companies. Platinum is delighted to be the exclusive media partner for this prestigious event for the third year running. Good luck to all entrants. 



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 2020 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

Virgin Atlantic

Venue Partner

Since Virgin Atlantic was founded in 1984, they've become the UK's second largest carrier, flying from London to many of the world's major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Delhi and Johannesburg.


Their business is about delivering the dazzling, serving up the spectacular and making the most marvellous memories - for every customer.

Headline sponsor

Extech Cloud

Award sponsor

Southern & Gatwick Express Railways

Headline sponsors

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