Winners announced for the Uckfield Business Awards

Winners announced for the Uckfield Business Awards


The winners of the Uckfield Business Awards 2014 were announced at a glittering gala awards night dinner on Thursday night (November 6) at the East Sussex National Hotel. Attended by 330 people, the event proved what a thriving and innovative business community exists in Uckfield.

In her opening speech to entrants and other guests, Fiona Monson, President of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce (UCC), said: "Despite national economic woes and the local challenges we have had to face over the last few weeks with traffic jams and disruption due to the road improvements, we are extremely fortunate to work in such a vibrant, successful and diverse business community in such a beautiful part of the country."

"Not only do we have a broad range of businesses represented in the Awards by entrants from the retail, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and services sectors - we even have a Llama Park - we can also look to the vast range of ages among the nominees. At 21 years old, our ‘Young Employer of the Year' sits comfortably alongside others of a rather more mature vintage. It is wonderful that we can all come together to celebrate the contributions made by this wealth of local talent."

"And whilst we will only give out 15 actual awards I would just like to say on behalf of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and the entire Uckfield business community that all the finalists and entrants in the competition can consider themselves winners."


Added Neil Edwards, Managing Director of The Marketing Eye (co-organiser of the Awards): "The response to the awards from the business community and the public alike was overwhelming. Applications were received from nearly 100 businesses and there have been more than 450 votes from members of the public, all eager to recognise and endorse their favourite local companies. Every one of the 15 categories in the Awards were supported."

Unable to draw a clear distinction, the judges split the ‘Business of the Year' Award (sponsored by Parker Building Supplies) between two worthy winners: CJ Thorne and Company and Neva Consultants.

Founded in 1939, CJ Thorne has evolved from a two lorry haulage business into a major civil engineering company operating throughout Kent, Sussex and Surrey employing over 120 staff.

Neva supplies quality contract hire, vehicle finance and fleet management consultancy services to all sectors from multi-national companies to private individuals.

Bespoke kitchen designer and manufacturer Levick Jorgensen walked away with three awards: ‘Small Business of the Year', ‘Customer Service' and ‘Best New Product or Service'.


Full list of winners:


Business of the Year (sponsored by Parker Building Supplies)

Neva Consultants

CJ Thorne and Co.


Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Lawson Commercial)

Levick Jorgensen


Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Swindells)

Simon Allen


Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Dawson Hart)



Best Place to Eat (sponsored by Rix & Kay)

The Cock Inn


National / International Business of the Year (sponsored by Scientifica)

Challenge Packaging


Best New Product or Service (sponsored by Knibbs)

Levick Jorgensen


Young Employee of the Year (sponsored by TR Fastenings)

Gina Hadfield, Candlelight Homecare Services


Tradesperson of the Year (sponsored by Parker Ceilings)

Uckfield Framing Company


Customer Service Award (sponsored by Carvills)

Levick Jorgensen


Contribution to the Community (sponsored by CJP Field & Co)

Uckfield Citizens Advice Bureau


Best New Business (sponsored by Armida)

Oldfield Smith and Co.


Best Looking Shop (sponsored by East Sussex County Council)



Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by Addagrip Terraco)

Doug Spickernell, Green DIY


For more information about the Uckfield Business Awards, visit:

Posted: 12th of November 2014

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