2024 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
Employee of the Year
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
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)
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.
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
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
Environmental Culture Award
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.
Manufacturing 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.
International Business of the Year
With JetBlue’s entrance into the transatlantic, a new era of customer-focused, low-fare travel for leisure and business travellers has been introduced. JetBlue now offers 5 daily flights from London to New York and Boston, with connections to JetBlue’s range of destinations – domestic, and to Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
‘JetBlue is proud to be sponsoring the International Business of the Year award to help enable and support the important business growth in the Gatwick and southeast area of the UK for our routes between LGW and Boston and New York.’
Professional Services Firm of the Year
Wessex IT is where great service and creative technology solutions combine. Since 2005 we’ve helped hundreds of clients and thousands of users achieve their business goals by leveraging our portfolio of innovative and bespoke IT solutions.
Whether it’s helping a CEO sleep knowing their IT security and business continuity are taken care of, fitting out a new office or building a cloud-first infrastructure for multi-site companies we’re the technology partner you’ve been looking for. We love great service, we love monitoring – we love IT.
Wessex IT has a long standing association with gdb having been members since 2007 and their IT managed service provider since 2010. Attending the last two years' awards ceremonies we were really impressed with the variety and caliber of entrants and wanted to get involved in some way this year. As a professional services business ourselves the Professional Services Firm of the Year award is something we are passionate about and therefore we are delighted to sponsor the 2024 award. Good luck everyone!
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.
The Award for Innovation
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 Community Contribution
Crawley Town Centre BID Co Ltd
Crawley Town Centre BID was established to improve 4 key areas for businesses based within the BID area; these are Safety, Enlivenment, Showcasing and Connecting businesses within the town. The BID has worked hard to deliver in these areas with the results showing increases in footfall and improved ‘dwell’ times too. Over a million visitors a month come to the town centre!
"These awards showcase the very best of businesses in the Gatwick Diamond; it is a privilege to represent all 470 businesses in the BID Area at such a prestigious event. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Community Contribution Award, so many businesses work really hard at giving back to their communities whether it is a business community or their local community; it always a pleasure to see this being recognised and encouraged."
New Business of the Year
Platinum Media Group
The Platinum Media Group is the leading voice of business in the South East, specialising in magazine publishing and event management. The company was formed over 15 years ago to serve the business community of the South East. The region is the economic powerhouse of the UK but was very poorly served by any publication that connected businesses and kept them abreast of all the news, views and opinion.
The Platinum Media Group publish the largest circulation business magazines in the UK including Platinum Business Magazine, Surrey Business Magazine and Dynamic Magazine for Women, reaching over 720,000 business readers each month. Platinum also own and produce the largest business awards in the South East including the Dynamic Business Awards for Women, Central South Business Awards, Sussex Business Awards, Surrey Business Awards, Brighton & Hove Business Awards and the Lewes Business Awards.
Platinum Media Group are delighted to sponsor the Best New Business category at the 2024 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. This category is vitally important to support as new businesses are the future of our region and many will assume the mantle we leave behind. Platinum publish the largest circulation business magazines in the UK and over our fifteen year history, we have consistently demonstrated our support for new businesses, mentored countless numbers, give free magazine space to many and are now delighted to join gdb in demonstrating support for this vital sector. Platinum is also delighted to have been the Media Partner for the gdb Awards for many years, spreading the word to our 720,000 readers across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire about how important the Diamond is to the South East economy.
The Award for Customer Delight