2019 Awards Sponsors
The Awards celebrate people and businesses who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work and have demonstrated a real commitment to the region.
Award Category Sponsors
Responsible Business of the Year
University of Sussex Business School
A highly respected Business School ranked 1st in the UK for annual research income 2020/21 (CABA) and with an MBA ranked in the top 25 in the UK, and top 200 globally (QS BMR 2022) with prestigious accreditations from both EQUIS and AMBA, the School is a proud member of the Gatwick Diamond Business community.
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. Our judging panel is made up of both academics and students, who are all here tonight. Speaking to each new business has been a great privilege and with so many exciting and dynamic entrants is was a challenge to select the shortlist and the eventual winner. It truly has been a great privilege and our congratulation go to every business here with us tonight.
The Award for Place to Meet
Control Energy Costs
We are energy and water consultants, providing businesses with bespoke utility management and procurement solutions. With sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we will guide you through renewable energy options and help you engage with employees to drive behavioural changes that will make a positive difference.
“For many businesses, looking at how you buy and use energy is an entry point or start of a journey to becoming Net Zero. In selecting who should win this award, we will be looking for the business that has worked to embed a culture of behavioural changes within their organisation, changes that will make a positive difference and are relatable to other business that have yet to buy into the idea of Net Zero. Our aim is to help push towards a tipping point where Net Zero becomes a 'must do' rather than 'nice to do' for every business.” Phil Ager, Managing Director.
Professional Services Firm of the Year
Crawley Borough Council
Crawley Borough Council provides a wide range of services to more than 118,000 residents and over 3,400 businesses. We support and promote local businesses by providing access to a range of support, advice and funding opportunities in order to maintain sustainable growth, nurture businesses and encourage entrepreneurs in Crawley – the main economic driver in the region.
Crawley has a thriving professional services sector and we are working closely with local businesses to help them recover from the pandemic and continue to prosper and grow. We are very pleased to recognise this vital element of the town's economy by supporting this award.
Apprentice of the Year
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Reigate & Banstead is a great place to start and grow a business. We work with businesses, large and small, because they are vital for the economic wellbeing of our borough and residents. We provide business support and work closely with our partners to encourage a prosperous local economy.
“Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have long supported the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards and we are thrilled to be returning again this year to sponsor the 'Employer of the Year' Award, in recognition of the important role that local employers play in creating a vibrant and successful economy in the Gatwick Diamond" Cllr Humphreys, Portfolio Holder for Place & Economic Prosperity, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.