Businesses recognised in annual awards

BUSINESSES in 1066 Country amassed a number of top accolades at this year’s Southern Business Awards.

Sheet metal engineering firm Steven Rowsell Engineering, based in the Castleham Industrial Estate in St Leonards, was crowned Business of the Year for Sussex.

Its managing director, Stuart Small, said: “This is an incredible achievement for a manufacturer like us in Hastings and fantastic regional recognition for all the hard work and dedication that my team and staff have put into our pursuit for operational excellence and business success. It is especially gratifying to have this award bestowed on us given the trading difficulties in the manufacturing sector over the past few years.”

The Little Mill Bakery, based in London Road, St Leonards, was crowned Retailer of the Year.

Michael Hitchings, who jointly owns the shop with his wife Claire, said: “We are very pleased as it is a great accolade to own. It shows the tremendous hard work from not only us but the staff of the business in its day-to-day running.”

Claire Waughman, of Paragon Personal Training, came top in the highly commended category for Young Business Person of the Year. Appleyard Studios, based in Robertsbridge, got the highly commended accolade in the Outstanding Community Contribution category.

The Southern Business Awards celebrated the finest in business achievements across the south coast and was sponsored by Rolls Royce with a number of national companies and banks sponsoring individual categories.

The contest included the winners of all the regional award categories from Hastings, and other towns like Chichester. They were presented by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.