And the Business of the Year 2019 winner is...
1st February 2019
... Comments

thebestof Eastbourne has announced the winner of the Eastbourne Business of the Year 2019 Awards. IT Support, Southern IT Networks received 101 reviews during the campaign, to win the coveted accolade of Business of the Year 2019.  

In the joint second place, with 81 reviews, were Paintless Dent Repair, Dent Devils East Sussex and Electricians Tectonic Digital Systems all three were ranked in the Top 100 UK Businesses. It was a roller coaster of a competition, with the top spot changing on more than one occasion! It was in the 11th hour that Southern IT Networks took back the lead they had started with going into the competition phase of the Business awards. 

The Business of the Year Awards is organised by thebestof, a marketing organisation committed to raising the profile of local, independent businesses serving Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.

During the campaign, local people were encouraged to show their support for their favourite business by submitting a review of the service they had received by the business. The Awards operate at a National Level to recognise the overall UK Business of the Year and the Top 100 Businesses in the UK. And at a Local level to recognise and award the Business of the Year in their Business Category and Town Business of the Year.

At a national level Eastbourne had a total of 7 winners in their categories and 1 highly commended.  Southern IT Networks, Dent Devils East Sussex, Tectonic Digital Systems, Ditzy Media, Debbie Designer Travel, Homesprite and Haulaway won the Award in their category, beating off competition from businesses across the country. Be Valkyrie was runner up in the Health and Fitness category.

David Ruddle comments, “We are exceptionally proud that all our local businesses that qualified for the Eastbourne Business of the Year Awards went on to win or take second place in their national categories! We also want to thank the Local people have taken the time to give feedback on the business after using their services and we have seen some fantastic reviews displaying the great service you can receive from local independent business. On behalf of the businesses, I would like to thank every single person who took the time to leave a review. By doing so they publicly acknowledged the contribution that these businesses make to our local economy.” 

“Southern IT Networks is a very worthy winner. The number and quality of the reviews they received are a real testament to their ongoing commitment to deliver excellent service and positive customer experience. Having had their lead taken away from them part way through the competition the Southern IT Team rolled up their sleeves and dug deep! The reviews flowed and their leader was restored!”

“Eastbourne can be very proud of our member's performance on the national stage!. We often hear about Eastbourne punching above its weight and this goes to show that all our entries performed well. Without such talent in out membership thebestof Eastbourne would just be another Business listing but the results speak for themselves we are so much more and in our 8th year at the helm could not be prouder. I look forward to tracking down even more of Eastbourne hidden gems to help keep Eastbourne firmly on the map!”

The final word goes to Michael Freeman, from Southern IT Networks, “A huge thank you to all our customers and attendees to our Cyber Essential’s workshops for leaving such great reviews, we could not have won without you.”

For more information about the BestOf Eastbourne Business of the Year Awards 2019 or to set up an interview with David Ruddle or any of the local businesses who have won an Award please call 01323 458125 or email

About the Author

Local Press Releases

Member since: 23rd April 2015

Do you have news to share via thebestof Eastbourne? Please send your articles for consideration to

Popular Categories