Crowborough’s independent funeral director, Tester & Jones Funeral Services triumphed at the East Sussex Business Awards last night, winning the ‘Micro Business of the Year’ award and being named as a finalist in the ‘Professional Service Provider of the Year’ category.
The award was accepted by joint owners, Stephen Tester and Glenys Jones, who set the firm up 15 years ago and pride themselves on providing an exceptional service, coupled with a caring approach.
The judges said they were particularly impressed by Tester & Jones’ ongoing commitment to the families it supports. Ten years ago, the firm launched a Bereavement Group and this has provided vital friendship and a support network to many bereaved people in Crowborough and the surrounding area since then.
In the awards application, Brenda Smart, who has been attending the Bereavement Group for more than five years, explained how it helps people:
If it wasn’t for the Bereavement Group, there are some members who possibly might not go out socially, so it’s fantastic that Tester & Jones launched this service. I think we’ve all become a little stronger, more independent and more confident as a result of the group.
The East Sussex Business Awards are organised by The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES), with support from East Sussex County Council, and ‘showcase those businesses that have shown exceptional growth, are supporting the development of their teams and have shown commitment to the region’.
Tester & Jones was eligible to enter the awards through being a member of the Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce. Divine Water, which is based on Sybron Way in Crowborough, was also shortlisted for an award. The family run business celebrating 25 years this year of supplying bottled & mains-fed water coolers and associated products. They bottle their natural spring water at source from a spring in Eridge Park.
The glittering awards night at the East Sussex National was hosted by Ian Noble from Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and Christina Ewbank from ACES.
We are absolutely delighted to win this award. As a firm, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary next month and this accolade is a wonderful recognition of what our whole team has achieved over those years – we couldn’t have done this without them. It’s also a reflection of the trust that the community in Crowborough has put in us.
You can see a list of all the finalists on the ACES website: hwww.eastsussexbusinessawards.co.uk.