Local businesses triumph at Johnston Press awards

132642-72_MY_business_awards'Johnson Press Business Awards, Grand Hotel, Brighton.'Best Employee winners, Furniture Now.'Pic Mick Young'27/09/2013
132642-72_MY_business_awards'Johnson Press Business Awards, Grand Hotel, Brighton.'Best Employee winners, Furniture Now.'Pic Mick Young'27/09/2013
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Two Eastbourne businesses have been honoured in the Johnston Press South Business Awards.

The cream of the business crop from Portsmouth to Hastings turned up at the Grand Hotel in Brighton to find out if they had won one of the prestigious gongs on Friday night.

And among the winners were Lookers Mercedes Benz of Eastbourne and Furniture Now, a charity which has its warehouse in Eastbourne.

TV star Fred Dinenage presented the awards and said, “I love these awards this event in particular, because this is the crème de la crème, this is the battle of the giants.

“These are winners from Johnston Press awards all over the south. They come together and find out who are the real champions.”

Lookers Mercedes Benz of Eastbourne took home the Customer Service award, and already won the Mercedes Benz retailer of the year award.

“We’re getting a collection,” said Graeme Dengate, who picked up the award.

The firm was commended for its personal service despite being part of a big company.

Winner of the Best Team award went to Furniture Now, a charity in Lewes which has a warehouse in Eastbourne, three in Lewes, and a retail store in Hailsham.

“We try to help as many people as we can,” said Natt Kida who works for the firm.

“We employ a lot of 16 and 17-year-olds, people with leaning difficulties, people with mental health issues. We try to make the most out of people.”

The company sources second hand furniture and restores it. They then sell it to people who can’t afford to kit out their homes and low prices.

On winning the award, Mr Kida said, “It’s unbelievable. A great honour.”