Business of the Year 2017 And the winner is...
1st February 2017
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thebestofEastbourne has announced the winner of the Eastbourne Business of the Year 2017 Awards. Photographer, Sarah Walker-Bennett owner of Artemi Photography received 131 reviews during the campaign, to win the coveted accolade of Business of the Year 2017.  In second place, with 116 reviews, was Gary Williams owner of Ambience Catering Solutions and in third position with 100 reviews, Mina O'Brien owner of Social Media Consultancy Ditzy Media.

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

During the campaign, local people were asked to show their support for their favourite business by submitting a review of the service they had received. At a national level over 37,000 verified reviews were left for those businesses who had qualified to take part in the Awards.  The Awards operate at a national and local level with a UK Business of the Year, Category Business of the Year and Town Business of the Year.

At a national level, Ditzy Media and Tectonic Digital Systems won the Award in their category, beating off competition from businesses across the country.

The bestof will be hosting a Celebration Ball on 28th April at The St Johns Hotel, in the Midlands, to celebrate the success of the Award winners.

David Ruddle comments, “We are incredibly proud of all our local businesses who qualified for the Eastbourne Business of the Year Awards.  They received some fantastic reviews from local people using their services. 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.” 


“Sarah Walker-Bennett 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 a positive customer experience. Sarah was not expecting to do so well but when the support kept rolling in and Artemi Photography kept climbing she seized the opportunity and kept the requests for support to the final whistle!”

“Those businesses who that won and the highly commended in their category nationally can also be very proud of their achievements. With 2 businesses winning their categories and six more being highly commended our local businesses have certainly placedEastbourneon the map for all the right reasons.”

The final word goes to Sarah Walker-Bennett, from Artemi Photography, “We are delighted to have won Eastbourne Business of the Year Awards 2017, it is an honour to be recognised for the job that we do. We have loved receiving the reviews and reading what our customers think of us! It’s been a very motivating and positive experience for everyone associated with the business.”

For more information about thebestof Eastbourne Business of the Year Awards 2017 or to set up an interview with David Ruddle or any of the local businesses who have won an Award please call 01323 406060 or email 

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David R

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I am the multi-award winning creative digital marketer owner of thebestof Eastbourne! I love helping local businesses reach their potential by improving their local marketing while supporting the community.

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