IT was a glamorous night where the very best businesses in the south celebrated their success.
The Johnston Press South Business Awards brings together the winners of awards run by newspapers in Sussex and Portsmouth, to find an overall winner in each category.
This year’s overall business of the year was picked up by Dynamite Recruitment Solutions in Havant.
TV personality Fred Dinenage compered the awards at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Friday night.
Matt Fox, managing director of Dynamite, said he was ‘gobsmacked’ when the firm was named as best Small Business and Overall Business at this year’s ceremony.
He said: ‘I think the sense of achievement for us was enormous, not only to be recognised in Portsmouth but in the wider awards. It was such a compliment for us.
‘We like to think we do we things a bit different to our competitors but to be recognised in this way at such a big scale is really quite humbling.’
A number of other businesses in the city and south east Hampshire were successful in the awards.
Check Recruitment in Fratton won the Start Up of the Year award.
Andy Wilson, managing director, said: ‘It feels absolutely amazing. It really is a fantastic achievement and the team has worked so hard to get this. It’s really inspirational. It’s allowing us to grow and develop.’
BAE Systems apprentice Brandon Bowman scooped the Young Achiever award.
He said: ‘I am really proud. I am really chuffed. It was really nice to be nominated and get some recognition.’
Mick Williams, chairman of Williams and Co, was given this year’s Lifetime Achievement award.
He said: ‘I am absolutely over the moon. There were an awful lot of good people and I am proud to have won it.’
Gosport firm Regale Microwave Ovens was named innovator of the year.
Patrick Bray, managing director, said: ‘It’s fantastic. I did not expect it. It’s all down to the team.’