Last year's winners

The winners of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards
were announced in front of an audience of over 600 of
the top business people in the Diamond.

Hosted by Tim Vine and held at the Effingham Park Hotel, the Awards Dinner
was the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by the sponsors, judges,
organisers and the entrants themselves.


"This year was another record year for entries" said Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick
Diamond Business, founder of the Awards. "It was also a record number of
attendees, all who came along to reflect on and recognise the quality, diversity
and achievement of some outstanding businesses and the people who work in them."

The winners each received their iconic engraved award. There will be a further
presentation later in April where each winner will be given a banner to promote
their achievement. The runners up each recieved a certificate to recognise
their achievement in being placed.

"The competition this year was very hotly contested and there were a number
of businesses that, in any other year, could have been winners" continued Jeremy.

"Some of the judges have asked if we can recognise some of the entries that
didn't make the final three and I hope they will try again in 2015. We also know
that any number of the entrants have been approached to work with the judging
companies. That means local businesses are now supplying some of the biggest
and best businesses in the Gatwick Diamond."

 

The 2014 winners;

Business of the Year - Checkatrade.com - sponsored by NatWest Commercial Banking

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business of the Year Award is Checkatrade.com.

The Award was sponsored by NatWest Commercial Banking.

Paul McConalogue, Regional Director of NatWest said "Checkatrade.com is a family owned business operating in the Gatwick Diamond and nationally, set up to combat the cowboy traders. Checkatrade.com maintains specific criteria for tradesman, including interviews, customer references, and credit checks, and in turn the tradesmen often take advantage of the free vehicle logo service.

"Consumers provide the catalyst to support, promote, and bring more credibility to tradesman, while also providing them with the ability to display customer service reports, both good and bad. A procedure is in place to replace tradesman should scores not meet the agreed standard. The company lives its values and the staff operate in an open and positive culture.

"Clear strategy with regard to personal health and a gym is supplied with each member of staff having at least one hour with the personal trainer per month. All members of staff were very happy to openly discuss their areas, and clearly management encourage good communication."

International Business of the Year - Rainbo Supplies & Services Ltd - sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond International Business of the Year Award is Rainbo Supplies & Services Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Gatwick Diamond Initiative.

 

 

Steve Quigley, CEO of Rainbo Supplies & Services Ltd: "I am delighted and immensely honoured that the Company has achieved this great accolade, especially as Rainbo prepares to mark its 20th anniversary later in the year.

"A lot of hard work and effort has been put into this business over the last 20 years to get it to this point and I am tremendously proud of the dedication and hard work of every member of the Rainbo team who has contributed in no small way to this great achievement.

"As the team takes time to celebrate this success and reflect on all we have accomplished together, we are continuing with some very exciting plans for 2014 and beyond."

 

Paul Gresham, Chairman of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative said "We were hugely impressed all through their entry process.

"They have totally grown organically in very difficult markets with excellent financial control. This is a very important business to be trading in the Gatwick Diamond."

Business Person of the Year - Roger Crow, Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd - sponsored by Deloitte LLP

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Person of the Year Award is Roger Crow, Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Deloitte LLP

 

Roger said "I am delighted to have the received the accolade of Gatwick Diamond "Business Person of the Year". It is gratifying for me on a personal level, but much more important is the judges' acknowledgement of the vital role the entire Cubic team plays in supporting our customers.

"We continue to work hard in delivering resilient solutions and service for our customers in London, the UK and around the world and deeply appreciate being recognised in this way."

 

Ian Smith, Partner in Charge of the Gatwick Office of Deloitte LLP said "One of the best kept secrets of this very commercial area is Cubic Transportation and its major role in making Transport for London – including in particular the Oyster card system – a model for forward thinking city transport infrastructures around the world.

"Roger has been involved – initially as project Director - in the oyster card project from its early days. He then stepped up to take on the role of MD for the whole Cubic Transportation business in the UK and EMEA. This business has more than doubled in size in the last few years, now turning over £150m.

"Roger has been at the heart of this highly successful partnership with Transport for London – a demanding, high profile client. This level of innovation and delivery under intense public scrutiny is a fantastic story of a successful business here in the heart of the Gatwick Diamond."

 

The Award for Customer Delight - Thomas Eggar LLP - sponsored by Storm Creative

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Customer Delight is Thomas Eggar LLP.

The Award was sponsored by Storm Creative.

 

Christopher Wilsher of Thomas Eggar said "We are thrilled to have won the Customer Delight category for a second time. Our clients are at the heart of what we do and this award highlights our commitment to them.

"We strive to exceed our clients' expectations and develop strong and long-lasting relationships by adapting and enhancing the way we work based on their feedback. We will continue to collaborate with both clients and our people to ensure our clients enjoy the very best in client service."


Matt Saunders, MD of Storm Creative said "Thomas Eggar have an open and refreshing approach to customer delight, truly embedding themselves with their clients to ensure they can exceed customer expectations. Excellent internal communication of all feedback received throughout the team."

The Award for Place to Meet for Business - Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa - sponsored by easyJet

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Place to Meet for Business is Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa.

The Award was sponsored by easyJet.

 

IanHeath, GM of Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, said "We are hugely proud and excited to have won 'The Award for the Place to Meet for Business' and are incredibly proud of the team, it is the little things that make a difference to our guests and it's wonderful that our hard work and passion has been recognised by Gatwick Diamond"

 

Hugh Aitken, Commercial Director of easyJet said "From the moment you click on the website, it makes you want to go and visit. Very friendly, knowledgeable & informative staff. Great value for money."

 

The Award for Corporate Responsibility - Mayo Wynne Baxter - sponsored by ESHCon Ltd

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award Award for Corporate Responsibility is Mayo Wynne Baxter.

The Award was sponsored by ESHCon

 

Chris Randall, chief executive, at winners Mayo Wynne Baxter said: "We are very excited to have won this award. The recognition is not just for Mayo Wynne Baxter, it is really for our 200 staff who engage with the many community and charity projects that we are involved with in Sussex. This is a perfect award for us to have won.

"We take our corporate social responsibility seriously and take time to understand our firm's impact on the wider world, considering how we can make this impact as positive as possible.

"We take a responsible attitude, go beyond the minimum legal requirements and follow straightforward principles to ensure that the firm's activities leave a positive impact on our suppliers, clients, community, staff and environment."

 

Anya Ledwith, Director of environmental management consultancy ESHCon said "The judge was impressed with this business – with a clear culture of Corporate Responsibility within and throughout the company.

"Extensive charity work is evident both in staff fund raising activities and corporate support by the company itself. Social activities reflect the company's core business. Environmental and economic issues are also included, e.g. waste & energy management, local suppliers and an interns programme.

"With an adopted policy and plan, there is an embedded CR culture and value to the business."

The Award for Developing People for Business Success - International Logistics Group (ILG) - sponsored by Central Sussex College

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Developing People for Business Success is International Logistics Group (ILG).

The Award was sponsored by Central Sussex College.

 

Mike Stephenson, MD of ILG said: "ILG has always had a strong track record of providing first class service to our customers and as we grow the business we can only maintain those levels of service through a highly motivated, committed and trained workforce.

"I am very proud to win this award on the back of the award for Employer of the Year in 2013 as both recognise that ILG is a great place to work and develop a career. We can now rightly consider ourselves to be one of the best employers, as well as one of the best service providers, in the Gatwick Diamond."

 

Sarah Wright, Principal of Central Sussex College said: "International Logistics Group (ILG) has developed a structured and well-evaluated approach to staff learning and development which is clearly linked to organisational objectives and is widely understood and engaged with across the workforce.

"Branding of the programme - Drive - is creative and works well to communicate the incremental steps each staff member needs to take in their training to support key clients of the business and achieve personal, team and organisational objectives.

"Training needs and outcomes are easily reviewed and assessed through an online matrix which also records service errors and links these directly back to future training needs.

"A 29% increase in profits whilst achieving a 6% reduction in staff costs is testament to the success of the Drive programme and the company's commitment to growing its own workforce through training."

The Award for Innovation and Technology - Johnston Sweepers Ltd - Sponsored by Rawlison Butler LLP

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Innovation and Technology is Johnston Sweepers Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Rawlison Butler LLP.

 

Receiving the award, Clive Offley of Johnston Sweepers said, "We are absolutely delighted to win this award for Innovation and Technology, the spirit of the award encapsulating everything we do at Johnston Sweepers to produce the most advanced and highest performing sweepers for our customers throughout the world.

"This is truly a team effort from everyone at Johnston Sweepers, and we thank Gatwick Diamond for selecting us to win this highly prestigious award."

 

Tim Sadka, Partner & Head of the Corporate Team at Rawlison Butler LLP said: "This is a hotly contested award – businesses ranged from early stage technologies to established businesses.

"Our winner has demonstrated a commitment to significant annual research and development, culminating in the recent launch of new compact and full size products, taking their offering in a highly competitive business sector to a new level.

"All this achieved at a time when the business was also investing, in new state of the art manufacturing plant to ensure delivery of a world class production facility, tailored around the innovation which clearly is at the heart of its business.

"Our winner's investment in innovation and technology is reflected by its standing as world leader in its field."

Digital Marketing Business of the Year - RocketMill - sponsored by PVL

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Digital Marketing Business of the Year Award is RocketMill.

The Award was sponsored by PVL

 

Sam Garrity, Director and co-founder of RocketMill, said "We are delighted to have won this award. It means a lot to receive such public recognition for the hard work our team put into projects and campaigns. I would like to thank PVL for their sponsorship & judgement of the award, our clients for their continued trust, and our team for making such a success of their work."

Nick Broom, MD of PVL said: "This entry stood out from the others by a mile even at the first review stage. We couldn't find fault at any point on any aspect of the entry; the forms, the backup, the interview, EVERYTHING was absolutely spot on.

"Great people, great culture, great projects."

Professional Services Firm of the Year - Loch Associates Employment Lawyers - sponsored by Litigation Protection

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award Professional Services Firm of the Year is Loch Associates Employment Lawyers.

The Award was sponsored by Litigation Protection

 

Pam Loch, MD of Loch Associates Employment Lawyers said, "We were thrilled to be awarded Professional Services Firm at the Gatwick Diamond Awards this year.

"To receive such an accolade in the company of so many distinguished businesses was an honour for all at Loch Associates Employment Lawyers.

"The Professional Services Award plays an important role in demonstrating our achievements to our clients. It gives our potential clients the confidence that we are a recognised award winning firm and that they are dealing with a firm that has very high standards and great client service. Winning a Gatwick Diamond Award will not only open new paths for us as a professional firm but will give us more recognition when approaching other organisations within the Gatwick area.

"Anyone thinking of entering the Gatwick Diamond Awards should do so – winning the award gives a great sense of achievement."

 

Mandy Brown, Partner at Litigation Protection said: "In deciding the winners for this award the sponsors were looking for an organisation that took professional ability almost as a 'hygiene factor' for operating in their business sector and added to it.

"They showed a real passion for what they do, with a fantastic focus on adding value to their customers rather than just addressing the customers' stated needs

"There is a clarity over where the business is going and what they want to achieve, and a clear differentiation in the way that the business is conducted

"Our winner demonstrates this in a big way with fantastic enthusiasm and a refreshing approach to a traditional area of business."

Employer of the Year - 1st Central Insurance Management Ltd - sponsored by Search Consultancy

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Employer of the Year Award is 1st Central Insurance Management Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Search Consultancy

 

Andy James, CEO, at First Central Insurance Management, said: "We are honoured to have been selected as Employer of the Year. As one of the largest employers in our area, we're devoted to ensuring we create a working environment that supports people's development aspirations.

"We invest a great deal of time and energy in listening to our staff, reacting to their needs and providing training opportunities so they can get the best from their careers. Therefore it's fantastic to have our commitment recognised by such a prestigious award."

 

Trish Breach, MD of Search Consultancy said: "1st Central Insurance management is a forward thinking dynamic organisation who can evidence they have their employees at the heart of their business.

"Their values are embedded within their culture. Their dramatic growth has provided ample opportunities for internal/organic people and career progression. This growth has been supported by an impressive commitment to people development from formal classroom style training to an extensive coaching programme and culture.

"The communication channels/mediums used to communicate to their 500 employees over 4 sites are innovative/efficient and fun.

"The executive team care about employee engagement have implemented a number of initiatives to promote this. Employee engagement continues to be given a high priority for 2014."

The Award for Supply Chain Excellence - Elekta Ltd - sponsored by Hays

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Supply Chain Excellence is Elekta Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Hays Recruitment.

 

"The Supply Chain Excellence award is another wonderful recognition of all our efforts here in Crawley," says Bill Yaeger, Executive Vice President Elekta Oncology.

"Everyone at Elekta is acutely aware of how important our supply base is to us. This award is for everyone who comes together to make Elekta such a dominant force in the global radiotherapy market.

"Although it is an international company, Elekta is proud to support the local economy, securing 235 local manufacturing jobs within 60 miles of its site in Crawley, while significantly growing its own workforce."

 

Helen Kirk-Brown, Regional Director of Hays said: "Elekta produced a very strong case-study in supplier engagement. The opportunity for suppliers' teams to visit the Elekta facilities and gain a true understanding of their value within not only the supply chain but how they impact upon peoples' lives.

"The power of this engagement was evidenced in a number of ways - the quality of collaborative supply and the pride demonstrated by suppliers. With a high dependence upon the quality of supply, Elekta's engagement was not just with the supplying company but the individuals involved. This has been instrumental in ensuring mutual commitment.

"Elekta have, also, demonstrated considerable commitment to local businesses within their supply chain supported by their innovative new programme of collaborative working."

 

Elekta, based in Crawley for nearly 30 years, has achieved a reputation as a prolific innovator, with its Crawley site widely recognised as the developer of many radiation therapy innovations.

New Business of the Year - Opus Innovations Ltd - sponsored by Coast to Capital LEP

The winner of the Gatwick Diamond Business New Business of the Year Award is Opus Innovations Ltd.

The Award was sponsored by Coast to Capital LEP.

 

Bola Lafe, MD of Opus, said "Winning this award was a very special accomplishment for Opus. We have won various product-related awards, but this was the first business-related award that we entered, and won.

"To be recognised as 'New Business of the Year 2014' within a business area as large and influential as the Gatwick Diamond was very special indeed."

 

John Peel, Chairman of Coast to Capital LEP said: "The winner exhibited exceptional vision, drive, determination and ambition in starting and developing his new business venture. He identified an opportunity and successfully negotiated exclusive distribution rights and now supplies national brands and exports, through distributors, to more than 18 countries.

"He has overcome a number of major challenges that delayed the start and growth of the business but remained true to his vision for the business. The winner exhibits an impressive business planning, operational and financial control of the business and his determination to succeed is infectious.

"The current Crawley based manufacturing facilities are scalable through future automation of the production process to take into account the planned sales growth. The winner has developed a strong brand and has identified opportunities to diversify future applications of the product."

Opus Innovations Ltd manufacturers a unique, innovative and revolutionary 100% Natural Sanitising Water called Aquaint currently targeted at the baby care and infant care sectors.

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