2020 Awards Sponsors
On this twelfth year the Awards were delivered online bringing new opportunities to add value for both sponsors and participants.
Award Category Sponsors
Community Investment Business of the Year
Gatwick Airport Ltd
Gatwick is the UK's second largest airport and flies a range of both short and long-haul point-to-point services. The airport is a vital piece of the UK's national infrastructure and is also a major driver for both the regional and national economies.
Gatwick Airport is delighted to be headline sponsor for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2023. We really value the long and positive relationship we have with Gatwick Diamond Business and these Awards are a respected programme of recognition for businesses across the region. As a partner and advocate for a thriving resilient economy, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of businesses and workforces in the Gatwick Diamond.
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.
The Award for Innovation & Technology
University of Sussex
University of Sussex has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation bringing impactful co-created solutions to real world challenges supporting business growth through recruitment and access to world leading research expertise. Collaborating with the University brings fresh thinking to your business so you can stay ahead of the curve.
University of Sussex is committed to supporting business growth in our region. Our sponsorship of this year’s Business of the Year up to £1m for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards demonstrates this commitment and our enthusiasm to support innovation through collaboration contributing new knowledge, ideas and co-created solutions that lead to real change in the world making a difference to peoples lives.
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.
New 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.
Business Person of the Year
Richard Place Dobson
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