The Observer & Gazette Business Awards

This event was on March 31, 2017

Details for 2018 awards will be announced shortly, email Zelda Reeves zelda.reeves@chiobserver if you would like to receive information regarding these.


  • Hospitality Tourism & Lesiure
    Winner : Worthing Ruby Football Club (Angmering)
  • Medium Business
    Winner : Q Hair & Beauty
    Highly Commended : Super Signs Ltd
  • Large Business
    Winner : Guardian Angel Carers
  • Lifetime Achievement
    Winner : Norman Reynolds
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community
    Winner : Talks at 6
  • Innovation
    Winner : Marco Polo Intercontinental Ltd
    Highly Commended : Drapers Yard
  • Training & Development
    Winner : Oceanair Marine ltd
  • Retailer
    Winner : Condor Blinds
    Highly Commended : The Run Company
  • Employer of the Year
    Winner : Nurse Plus (UK)
  • Start Up
    Winner : Headromance
    Highly Commended : Comics Games and Coffee
  • Small Business
    Winner : fiftypointeight Architecture + Interiors
    Highly Commended : Noble and Stace
  • Employee/Team of the Year
    Winner : The Novium Museum & Chichester Tourist Information Centre
  • Business Personality
    Winner : Dawn Lawrence Q Hair & Beauty
    Highly Commended : Heather Barrie
  • Manufacturing & Construction
    Winner : SI Protech (uk) Ltd
  • Customer Service
    Winner : Edes House
  • Young Achiever
    Winner : Liana Martin at Bosham Dental Lab
    Highly Commended : Georgia Alston, Pinks Vintage Ice-Cream
  • Place to Eat/or Drink
    Winner : The Olive & Vine
  • Green Business
    Winner : Marco Polo Intercontinental Ltd
  • Overall Business
    Winner : Guardian Angel Carers
  • Reader’s Choice
    Winner : MJ’s Relax & Revive

oserverawardslogoThe Observer & Gazette Business Awards provides a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the successful businesses and professional individuals we have in our area.

The awards now boosting their ninth year are looking for entries from those who can prove business achievement and excellence in their field.

Whether in growth, innovation, contribution to the community or pioneering new markets we want to hear from you. You may have a high achiever or team of excellence within you company – why not put them forward for an extra special award?

Our headline sponsor Chichester University Vice-Chancellor Professor Behagg said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Observer and Gazette Business Awards, a chance to celebrate the successes of the best businesses in the region. These awards recognise how hard our local businesses work and reward them for their achievements.”

Judging will be undertaken by a panel of independent judges apart from the readers choice category where the public will vote, see below for details.

The winners of these awards will be announced at a gala black tie dinner held at the Hilton Avisford Hotel on Friday 31st March 2017.


Entries are now closed.



Sandra ColeySandra Coley
Sandra Coley is Head of Employer Engagement at the University of Chichester.
She has a wealth of commercial experience gained working in both small and large businesses across a range of sectors and ran her own consultancy for six years. She enjoys being part of the judging panel because “there are always surprises with so many hidden gems within our local business community”.



Jason MillerJason Miller
Jason is a Director of the CCCI, and a co-founder of SteadyGo (, an award-winning creative digital agency.  He has been on the board of multiple SMEs over the last 20 years, including an early fan-funded record label, various digital agencies and an advertising agency group with a multi-million pound turnover.  Over the years Jason has worked closely with hundreds of brands, helping them to achieve their goals online. He brings a wealth of experience to judging the Awards.


Paul WellsPaul Wells
“Paul Wells is Managing director of Unique Workwear Printing & Embroidery based in Bognor Regis. He has been active in the community for over 25 years Paul is currently an Arun District Councillor and served as Town Mayor of Bognor Regis in 2013 -14.  Over the years, Paul has built up a wealth of knowledge in business and local government and is delighted to be part of the Observer awards Judging panel for 2017”


Blaise TappBlaise Tapp
Blaise Tapp is, among other things, commercial editor for Sussex Newspapers and is a columnist for a number of JP titles across the region and nationwide. He is a huge fan of networking and a passionate supporter of our local communities.





For Sponsorship opportunities and details contact Zelda Reeves or call 01243 534159



Universiry of ChichesterOsborneChichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry  Regis Removals  Kreston Reeves  Chichester Rotary Club  Rathbones  Chichester CollegeNorse South EastFinal TouchCo-PromUnique Workwear

Hilton Avisford Hotel