2023 Awards Sponsors
The Gatwick Diamond is home to a vast range of businesses, spanning all sectors of the economy, from household names to niche companies, and from multinationals to sole traders. So, the winner of a Gatwick Diamond Business Award must stand out in this impressive business community.
Award Category Sponsors
Apprentice of the Year
Chichester College Group
Chichester College Group offers technical and professional courses for young people and adults in a wide variety of subject areas, taught by highly experienced staff. We are the largest college group in Sussex - providing quality training opportunities for over 25,000 students every year. Our mission is to 'change lives through learning.
“Chichester College Group is delighted to be continuing its sponsorship of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Our mission is 'changing lives through learning' and we are passionate about working in partnership with employers to support their skills and training needs." Paul Rolfe, Associate Principal Employers and Stakeholders
The Award for Community Contribution
Loch Associates Group
Loch Associates Group provides a unique combination of employment and business law, HR support, wellbeing, training health and safety and mediation services, all from one trusted partner. We are experts in helping organisations manage and nurture their people so you can focus on what you do best – running a successful business.
Sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is a great way for any business to raise their profile whilst supporting the business community. It allows us to ensure there is recognition for all the hard work by businesses, their leaders and the people that work within them.
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover)
EMW is a full-service law firm with offices in Gatwick, London and Milton Keynes. Our clients include SMEs, household names, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, public organisations, charities and developers operating in a wide variety of sectors.
EMW - Gatwick are proud to sponsor Business of the Year over £1m at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2023, in support and recognition of the ambitious, strongly-led businesses local to our firm and the surrounding area.
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover)
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.
The Award for Best Flexible Working Practice
As a recruitment consultancy dedicated to flexible working, we ensure that once a business adopts flexible working, it naturally becomes central to their recruitment strategy. Our approach to recruitment is totally people focussed. We match the right candidate with the right business, we get to know both client and candidate, forming long term relationships.
Flexibility Matters is proud to partner with GBD Business Awards and sponsor the Best Practice in Flexible and Hybrid Working Award. Flexible and hybrid working is the ethos which drives the team at Flexibility Matters as we believe that flexible working will become the new norm as more businesses come to see the benefits.
Business Person of the Year
Richard Place Dobson
Richard Place Dobson Chartered Accountants have been providing exceptional client service in Sussex for 115 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
Environmental Culture Award
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.
Employer 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 Biggs, Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
International Business of the Year
Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Sussex Chamber supports business economic growth. Business membership provides free and discounted support services, networking, training, marketing, and international trade documentation services. New provisions include access to a green sustainability hub and leading the development of a Local Skills Improvement Plan, working with business to improve skills priorities.
Through a strong collaborative partnership, both GDB and Sussex Chamber can support businesses locally, nationally and globally to prosper and grow their brands.
Manufacturing Business of the Year
A leader in precision radiation therapy, Elekta is committed to ensuring every patient has access to the best cancer care possible. We collaborate with customers to meet evolving patient needs, improve outcomes and bring hope to those dealing with cancer.
We appreciate how our partnership with gdb will help to give wider visibility to the importance of making precision radiation therapy broadly available to the millions of people around the world with limited access to cancer care. At Elekta, we don't just build technology, we build hope and are proud that our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Crawley has made a linear accelerator for almost every country in the world. We value our role within the gdb community and believe in the importance of developing innovation, collaborative working and taking a proactive approach to our practices which blends with the ethos of the gdb.
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.
It is a great privilege to support the GDBAs 2024. I hope all entrants to the Manufacturer of the Year category will enjoy meeting our student judging panel as much as we enjoy meeting so many exciting and dynamic local businesses. It’s always a challenge to make the shortlist and rather humbling to have to select a winner. Congratulation to every business here with us tonight. Enjoy the evening and do come over to our table to meet our students.
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 is one of the most economically successful large towns in the UK and we work closely with local businesses to ensure that a vibrant and prosperous local economy continues to thrive. As sponsor of Business of the Year (up to £1m) we wish to celebrate businesses that demonstrate an exceptional track record of achievement; high performing and exceptional businesses that do the right thing for their clients, people and the Gatwick Diamond Community.
The Award for Customer Delight
Rosemary French OBE
Rosemary French OBE
A former MD and CEO, with significant strategic and organisational leadership expertise after a long and uninterrupted career in private and not for profit business. A passionate advocate and lobbyist for improved gender, equality and ethnic diversity in business at all levels. Awarded OBE in 2014 for services to women in business. Semi retired really, not looking for further directorships/ trusteeships/ chairmanships. Too busy enjoying voluntary work promoting, lobbying for and raising funding for my wonderful adopted village of Cranleigh, Surrey, England
The Award for The Place to Meet
Sub-Cool FM an established Air Conditioning Company based in Crawley, West Sussex. We have grown into a nationwide multi-disciplined engineering specialist providing a skillset on an unrivalled approach whilst retaining our “family feel” approach to the industry.
Gatwick Diamond reputation in connecting passion driven business throughout Sussex is something special.
Employee of the Year
The Arora Group
The Arora Group is a UK-focused private group of companies, which leverages synergies across its specialist property, construction, and hotel divisions to its strategic advantage. Since 1999, the Group has built its standing through meticulously managing projects from inception to delivery and beyond. Today, it owns and manages a diverse portfolio of flagship assets across the nation’s key business locations, partnering with some of the world’s most recognised brands to deliver consistently high service levels and sustainable growth.
The Arora Group has significant presence in the Gatwick and Crawley areas through its hotels, commercial property and more recently the acquisition of the County Mall shopping centre. With significant business interests in the area, it was appropriate to support the Gatwick Business Diamond Awards by becoming a headline sponsor’.