Hastings’ winners at Southern Business Awards

Southern Business Awards 2012'Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure - Winner'Chatsworth Hotel: Keith Ridley, from the Eastbourne Herald, collecting the award on the hotel's behalf, with sponsors Wendi Knibbs and Tony Fletcher from the Ramada Plaza London Gatwick.

Southern Business Awards 2012'Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure - Winner'Chatsworth Hotel: Keith Ridley, from the Eastbourne Herald, collecting the award on the hotel's behalf, with sponsors Wendi Knibbs and Tony Fletcher from the Ramada Plaza London Gatwick.

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HASTINGS’ Chatsworth Hotel and Jane Jeater Osteopathy were among the big winners at the Southern Business Awards.

The Chatsworth Hotel scooped top honours in the hospitality, tourism and leisure category, while Jane Jeater Osteopathy was named joint winner of the small business category for those firms with up to 10 employees.

On a star-studded evening in front of more than 300 guests at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, there was also success too for Little Wood Group Holdings, which was highly commended in the customer service section.

The hospitality award was presented to an hotel which has been established in Hastings for 26 years and which attracts many overseas visitors. The Chatsworth is committed to the future success of Hastings as a unique destination.

Jane Jeater launched her business in 2004. It was her childhood ambition to work with injured athletes at an elite level, coupled with a deep fascination with anatomy and human movement. After retraining in osteopathy, Jane launched her business eight years ago, kept deliberately small to allow her to raise her family. Four years later, the business was expanded into Hastings and then Battle. Jane was selected for the Olympic Paramedical team and one of the first athletes to benefit from her services was Olympian Steve Scott.

In the customer service section, Little Wood Group Holdings is a company which invests on average £60,000 a year on training staff. Last year, the firm carried out 300 days training for a company 150-strong workforce.

The Southern Business Awards was organised by JP South Events and Sussex Newspapers, recognising winners from all of the company’s business awards events staged over the past 12 months.