Celebrating the best of Arun’s business community


ABP Winners with Trophy Community spirit, industry-leading businesses and inspirational entrepreneurs came together on November 15, to celebrate everything that is great about the district’s business and community sector.

More than 60 businesses, community groups and charities from Bognor Regis, Arundel, Littlehampton and the villages across Arun competed in this year’s prestigious Arun Business Partnership [ABP] Business of the Year Awards 2018, held at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis.

Bognor Regis-based Community Interest Company, Grandads Front Room, walked away with the highest accolade of the evening – Overall Business of the Year Award.

The company, founded and led by Danny Dawes, helps local people in need by providing furniture, appliances, guidance, support and a friendly, listening ear at its shop in Bognor Regis High Street.


Celebrating 21 years of winning businesses

It’s the 21st anniversary of the ABP Business of the Year Awards, and they continue to go from strength to strength and raise the profile of the amazing businesses started, nurtured and thriving across the Arun district.

Sponsored by Arun District Council, the Bognor Regis Post and Rolls Royce Motor Cars, the awards attracted a record number of entries for the 16 Award Categories.

Two further awards were presented on behalf of Bognor Regis Chamber of Commerce.

Arun’s Business Development Manager, Miriam Nicholls, hosted the evening alongside Andrew Ball from Rolls Royce Motor Cars.

Miriam said: “Despite the challenges facing the local economy, particularly on our high streets, the evening was marked by a sense of enthusiasm, determination and optimism which I believe truly represents the remarkable spirit of our local business community.”

 A full list of winners and sponsors is below.


Winners Table


2018 Sponsor 


Image Number

New Business of the Year

The HR Dept.

Colour Pop Occasions

A1 W 1& 2

Marketing & Promotion

Bognor Regis Chamber of Commerce

The Aldingbourne Trust

A2 W1& 2

Customer Care Award

Bay Tree Estates

Barnham Opticians

A3 W1&2

Web Site of the Year


Shoreskin Clinic

A4 W1&2

Independent Retailer of the Year


The Aldingbourne Trust


Infinity Print Solutions

A5 W1&2

Training & Development Award

Guess Jewellers

The Creative Touch Group

A6 W1&2

Sussex by the Sea Tourism Award

Woods Travel

Littlehampton Town Council

A7 W1&2

Charity or CIC of the Year

The Bognor Regis Post

Grandad’s Front Room

A9 W2 &3

Place to Eat or Drink Award

Gusto Wines

The Boathouse in the Marina

A8 W1&2

Business in the Community

Parker Kittiwake

Gardiner & Scardifield

A10 W1&2

Business of the Year up to 5 Employees

Biz Space

Arundel Eccentrics

A13 W1

Business of the Year 6-10 Employee

Willmott Dixon


The Flower Shop

A14 W1&2

Business of the Year more than 10 employees

Kreston Reeves


A15 W1&2

Employee of the Year

Littlehampton Academy

Cassy Carthew – Pink’s Vintage

A17 W1

Business Person of the Year

Regis Removals

Jacqueline Barleycorn – The Great British Porridge Co

A19 W1

The Robert Warham Award

The Beachcroft Hotel

Toni Todd – Toni Todd Hair & Make Up

A18 W1

Overall Business of the Year

Rolls Royce Motor Cars

Grandad’s Front Room

A20 W1

Chamber Award



A12 W1&2

Chamber Award 2 – Britten Award



A11 W3

ABP Special Award


Anne-Marie Maguire

from Brandabble

A16 W1