DIAMOND ALUMNI is a prestigious members club exclusive to Gatwick Diamond Business Awards winners, sponsors and partners. It brings together a selection of the very best of Gatwick Diamond businesses as recognised by the region's premier business awards since their inception in 2009.


In partnership with Creative Pod, DIAMOND ALUMNI launched in 2021 with a lunch at The Grand, Brighton. At this year's VIP Lunch we took the opportunity to further celebrate the success of the 2022 Awards Winners and acknowledge the support of Sponsors and Partners, at the Sofitel London Gatwick Airport on Wednesday 5th October.


The lunch also launched the upcoming Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2023 as we began planning for our usual high-profile programme culminating with the Awards dinner and ceremony in March.


This Alumni lunch is an annual event offering high-level networking opportunities, and we plan to develop GDBA Alumni moving forward to provide other exclusive opportunities for Members.


We are very pleased with the support DIAMOND ALUMNI is receiving from sponsors and look forward to welcoming you as a Member of DIAMOND ALUMNI.







In partnership with Creative Pod and our sponsors; Thakeham Group (Headline Sponsor), Richard Place Dobson (Speaker Sponsor), Avensys (AV Technology Sponsor), this VIP lunch took place at the Sofitel, London Gatwick Airport on Wednesday 5th October.


Starting at mid-day with a VIP drinks reception, a sumptuous three course lunch in the Desoutter Suite was followed by a short trip down memory lane, as we looked back over past award ceremonies.


After lunch, Matthew Tyson, Director of Richard Place Dobson, introduced our VIP guest and keynote speaker, who we were thrilled to announce was Founder and Chairman of The Arora Group, Surinder Arora.


A self-made billionaire, Surinder is an entrepreneur with an extraordinary and inspiring story and a huge supporter of our dynamic Gatwick Diamond region. It was a real privilege to have him as our guest.


Finally, we looked forward to the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2023, introduced our Headline and Category sponsors, officially opened the Awards for entries and announced our Celebrity Host for the Gala Awards Evening!


          KEYNOTE SPEAKER                                                          COMPERE                                                                                                                                          


             Surinder Arora                                                                  Steve Bustin



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