“WE ALWAYS strive to bring more people to Petworth,” said the managers of the Leconfield and The Hungry Guest – and they are on track to succeed.
The Petworth stores, which are joint-owned, scooped three awards at Friday’s Observer and Gazette Business Awards – and they bagged the most awards of the night.
Andy Gould and Adam Mandary, who manage the firms, said they were ‘shocked’ and ‘thrilled’ at receiving the awards.
Mr Gould said when the businesses were set up two years ago, they wanted to ‘put the town on the map’.
“It is a town our investors care about,” he said.
Winning the awards will give them a boost, and help them in their mission of ‘driving people to Petworth’, they said.
“The more people in the local area that know we are here, the better,” said Mr Gould.
The Hungry Guest was set up a year-and-a-half ago as a bakery, delicatessen and cafe, and The Leconfield is a restaurant which opened two years ago.
Both the food store and restaurant champion local produce.
Their support for other local businesses is something which impressed the judges of the awards.
They have their own bakery, and sell meat, cheese and dairy from the Goodwood Estate and Fittleworth Pigs, as well as apple juice from Sussex Wobblegate company.
And not only do they sell their products in their shop and restaurant, but also in farmers’ markets, and to other retailers in the area such as farm shops and garden centres.
When asked if he expected to win big at the award ceremony, Mr Gould said: “You hope, but never expect. We’re absolutely delighted.”
The Hungry Guest took the retailer award first – which had lots of contenders, and then the prestigious overall business gong.
And the Leconfield was named the best place to eat out of all the applicants – from as far afield as Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Chichester, as well as Midhurst and Petworth.
The firm’s plans for the future include expansion in the surrounding area.
“We would love to open more shops in the area,” said Mr Gould.
“Next step – global domination!”
For more on the Observer and Gazette Business Awards see pages 34 and 35 for the list of winners and our centre spread for all the pictures of the night.