Peter Bennett Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sponsored by Northbrook College Sussex, the Worthing Lifetime Achievement in Business Award is designed to recognise an individual that has “made a major contribution to their business and to the business reputation of the town over more years than they would probably care to remember.”  It was therefore a fitting tribute to a man who was devoted his career and indeed much of his spare time to actively promoting Worthing as the place in which to live and do business.

Although Peter Bennett is a man who needs little by way of introduction to many such is the reputation that he has built in Worthing and indeed further afield, a whistle stop tour of his CV illustrates why he was this year’s worthy winner.  Although Peter has played a pivotal role in steering Bennett Griffin to continued success over a 20 year period, he has never allowed work commitments to impact on his wider agenda which is to actively promote all that is great and good about working and living in Worthing.  Peter was a Councillor on the Worthing Borough Council for 24 years, Mayor of Worthing between 1993 1994  a Director of Worthing Homes ,Chair of the Connaught Theatre Trust and the President of the Worthing Law Society.  He is now President of the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, a Director of both the Worthing Town Centre Initiative ,  the Worthing and Adur  Economic Development Partnership and Worthing First.  Peter is also a trustee of the Worthing High School Trust and  Chairman of the International Animal Rescue charity.

Commenting on his award, Peter said “This was a complete surprise to me and I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted.   Worthing has so much going for it. It is a precious jewel of the south coast and a great place to do business.  It has been an absolute honour and a pleasure for me to contribute to Worthing throughout my lifetime and for this to be recognised.”

At the 2010 Worthing Business Awards, Bennett Griffin was also highly commended for their exemplary customer care and sponsored the MicroBusiness of the Year Award.