Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd gave a keynote speech when more than 250 business leaders attended the recent BEST4BIZ conference.
The conference, now in it’s second year, was held at the East Sussex National Hotel, near Uckfield, and was organised by the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES) on behalf of East Sussex County Council.
Also speaking was Josh Valman, founder of RPD International focused on the topics of Innovation and Change. Josh, the founder of a manufacturing company established in over 40 countries challenged delegates to change their way of business and the perceptions that they had.
Christina Ewbank, on behalf of ACES, commented: “Listening to the delegates, they really appreciated the chance to network with other businesses as well as learning from leading experts on a range of topics, including recruitment, exporting, public sector procurement and some first class marketing tips.”
One delegate, Tim Sorensen, added: “A huge thank you for a great BEST4BIZ last Friday – I really enjoyed it and a chance to network.
“I know how much work goes into organising an event like this and would like to congratulate the team on the smooth running on the day”.
Christina Ewbank added: “I want to thank everyone who helped make the conference such a huge success, in particular our sponsors. With their support, we were able to make the event free to businesses. Thanks also to those who attended.”
The event concluded with the first Sparkling Sussex drinks reception, sampling Sussex sparkling wine, offered by Ridgeview, followed by a three course dinner and awards evening where Horder Healthcare was named the East Sussex Business of the Year.
Diane Thomas, CEO of Horder Healthcare, said: “It was a real honour to win the inaugural Best4Biz East Sussex Business of the Year Award.
“As a charity Horder Healthcare’s key purpose is ‘to advance health to as many people as possible’ so to receive this accolade is a true testament to the outstanding orthopaedic and musculoskeletal (MSK) services that we provide from our hospital, The Horder Centre, in Crowborough and our outreach clinics situated in the South East.”
Christina Ewbank concluded: “Congratulations go to all the nominees. I know the judges found it very difficult to choose a winner from a range of different, and excellent businesses.
“The conference and awards evening really showcased the best of East Sussex and why the area is the destination of choice for so many businesses. If you want to get involved next year, get in contact with us on 01323 641 144”.
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