Surrey’s business community gathered at the Epsom Downs Racecourse for the prestigious 2018 Surrey Business Awards on October 4th, and a packed audience saw IMC Worldwide pick up the highly sought-after Company of the Year award.

The other big winner on the night was ClickIQ, which won the Start-up of the Year and the company’s Managing Director Richard Collins was named as Businessperson of the Year.

Hosted by Paul Sinha, comedian and star of ITV’s hit show The Chase, the 2018 Awards were a truly countywide celebration of business excellence. Hundreds of applicants entered or were nominated, and the 46 finalists were drawn from 18 towns across Surrey.

The judging panel, chaired by Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, included representatives from Heathrow Airport, NatWest, Kingston Smith, Mercedes-Benz of Guildford, Morrisons Solicitors, Partridge Muir & Warren, Surrey Chambers Magazine, projectfive, Surrey Business School, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, CountyClean Group, Challengers, Uniglobe Preferred Travel and The Gemini Print Group.

The winners represented a wide range of sectors and company sizes, reflecting the diverse nature of the county’s economy. The Company of the Year, IMC Worldwide is an international development consultancy based in Redhill, with nine offices worldwide and over 400 staff. ClickIQ was only launched in 2017, but the judges were impressed by its recruitment tool which is designed to automatically manages and attracts the right candidates.