Crowborough company named East Sussex Business of the Year

Horder Healthcare named East Sussex Business of the Year 2015 at the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES) awards ceremony.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaks at the BEST4Biz conference, watched by Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council Chief Executive, and Josh Valman of RPD International.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaks at the BEST4Biz conference, watched by Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council Chief Executive, and Josh Valman of RPD International (Photos courtesy of Life Media Group).

The registered charity, offers orthopaedic and musculoskeletal services from its base in Crowborough and at outreach clinics across the south east.

Horder Healthcare was nominated for the award by Crowborough Chamber of Commerce.

Alison Green, Strategic Development Manager at The Horder Centre, and Jane Vince, Centre Operations Manager at The McIndoe Centre, were presented with the award.Horder-Healthcare-East-Suss

Horder Healthcare Chief Executive Di Thomas said:

It was a real honour to win the inaugural BEST4BIZ East Sussex Business of the Year.  As a charity, Horder Healthcare’s key purpose is ‘to advance health to as many people as possible’ so to receive this accolade is a true testament to all our staff and the outstanding services that we provide from our hospitals and clinics.

More than 250 business and public sector leaders attended the second annual BEST4Biz conference, held at the East Sussex National near Uckfield on Friday 16th October.

The event, organised by Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES)  in collaboration with East Sussex County Council, focused on the theme of innovation and skills to support business growth.  ACES is a business network of all the Chambers of Commerce (including the Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce), the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors in East Sussex.

Keynote speeches were given by Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd and a tycoon who became a millionaire at the age of 19.

Participants had the chance to network and learn from the experts on topics such as recruitment, exporting, marketing, public sector procurement and growth plans from district and borough councils, and meet more than 20 exhibitors from the public and private sectors, many of whom sponsored the conference.

Josh Valman took his first steps into business at the tender age of 13 and by 19 had built a global company valued at £1 million, which now operates in more than 40 countries.  He gave delegates an insight into how innovation using modern technology can change business practices.

As part of the awards evening, films produced by Sussex Downs College highlighting each company nominated for the Business of the Year Award were shown. The film for Horder Healthcare can be viewed below:

The event also allowed delegates to find out more about the new Business East Sussex (BES) service, the one-stop shop for business support services and products including a web site at www.businesseastsussex.org.uk.

The service is aimed at supporting businesses at all stages of growth, including start-ups, existing businesses wanting to grow or new businesses attracted to the area.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said:

Cllr Rupert Simmons

Cllr Rupert Simmons

The conference highlighted the breadth of business talent in the county and showed why companies are so keen to invest here.

The feedback we had from delegates was very positive indeed – people were impressed with the calibre of the speakers, the range of information on offer and the chance to network with people from such a wide variety of sectors.

Working closely with the business community, and enabling companies to learn from each other and share ideas and expertise, is vital in our aim of boosting the economic growth of East Sussex.

Any businesses looking to get involved in next year’s BEST4Biz conference or interested in sponsoring the event are asked to call 01323 641144.

ACES, the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex, includes the East Sussex Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors, which between them represent over 4,000 businesses across the county.

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