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Despite some of the uncertainty that surrounds our business economy at the moment, there are many Sussex-based companies achieving remarkable rates of sustained growth, creating jobs and delivering the success that drives the UK forward. The Sussex Super Growth Awards return for a fifth year to give these businesses the recognition they thoroughly deserve.

The Sussex region is a significant and growing contributor to the national economy with sector strengths in construction, manufacturing, information and communications technology, aviation and professional services. Over 60,000 active businesses contribute to a regional economy worth over £30 billion, employing more than half a million people.

With the UK’s second largest international airport on its doorstep, a close proximity to the nation’s capital and well-established transport links, Sussex remains a great place for businesses to prosper.

Sussex Super Growth is a collaboration between asb law, Lloyds Bank and Kreston Reeves, with Platinum Publishing Group as media partner. The Awards produce a unique index of the fastest growing private businesses across the region and celebrates their success at a special breakfast event to be held at The Amex Stadium in March next year.

Unlike traditional business awards, there is no cost involved in participation and companies do not need to apply to be included provided full accounts are filed at Companies House over a 4-year accounting period. This information is assessed against rigorous qualifying criteria to identify the fastest growing companies.

Russell Bell, Senior Consultant, at asb law explained: “Now in its fifth year, the Sussex Super Growth Awards have celebrated the success of some brilliant businesses, and the 2019 cohort is no exception. With a number of new entrants and previous finalists who have been able to sustain some remarkable growth, we’ve proved what a dynamic economy we have in the county and the great environment we have to support our entrepreneurs. Long may it continue.”

Andrew Clark, Relationship Director, at Lloyds Gatwick office, commented ’With the Super Growth Awards now an established fixture on the Sussex business calendar, we look forward to another successful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our most successful fast-growth companies.’’

Paul Roe, Partner at Kreston Reeves commented: “Kreston Reeves is proud to be sponsoring the Sussex Super Growth Awards and celebrate the continued success of businesses in the county. It’s always great to see Sussex businesses doing well and these awards are unique in their ability to pick up fantastic success stories. Congratulations to all the finalists, and a special mention to those repeat finalists who are achieving sustained business growth over consecutive years.”

The fastest-growing company in last year’s Sussex Super Growth Awards was First Central Insurance Management Ltd, with an outstanding growth rate of 391%. Andy James, UK Chief Executive Officer, explained: “Since our launch in 2008, we have enjoyed remarkable growth, reaching our milestone three millionth customer in July last year. This growth is testament to the talented staff that sit at the heart of our business. We are committed to delivering a simple experience for both our customers and our employees, ensuring that our products provide people with quality cover at competitive prices. It was an honour to have our success recognised at the Sussex Super Growth Awards 2018.”

The 2018 Sussex Super Growth Awards winner’s photo: (L to R) Tom Acott, Head of Commercial, Jo Harrison, Communications Manager and Andy James, UK Chief Executive Officer from First Central Insurance Management Ltd

The Sussex Super Growth 2019 Awards will be presented at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Thursday 14 March 2019, hosted by highly-regarded local business leader, Jeremy Taylor, who explained: “Having attended both the Sussex and Surrey Super Growth Awards over recent years, I was delighted to be asked to host and present the Awards in Sussex in 2019.  It is important that we recognise the achievements of the fastest-growing businesses in the county and celebrate their successes.”

Should your company meet the Awards criteria below but has filed abbreviated accounts at Companies House without profit and loss data, you still have an opportunity to be assessed for inclusion in this year’s Awards. Please send full accounts for your latest available and three preceding financial years to before 5.00pm on Friday, 7 December 2018.

Sussex Super Growth Awards Criteria

  • Privately-owned business, trading and registered in Sussex.
  • Growth in turnover measured over a 4-year accounting period based on full accounts information filed at Companies House.
  • Minimum turnover of £2m in base year.
  • Profitable growth in the period.

This article was published in the November 2018 issue of Platinum Business Magazine.

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