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So – why were the Sussex Business Awards 2019 purrfect?

Jessie, the cat who is seeking a new home (see below), might tell you it is because the judge’s recognised how Sussex based CATS PROTECTION, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity for more than 90 years, has consistently demonstrated outstanding performance and excellence.

Gemini Print was proud to sponsor the NOT FOR PROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2019 category at the Sussex Business Awards 2019.  This category was for third sector business driven by social and environmental aims that have set clear objectives, met or exceeded expectations and forecasts, demonstrated tangible evidence of success and have a clear and compelling vision for the future.

Gemini Print Director Mark Tulley presented the award to winners Cat Protection.  Mark commented:-

“Cats Protection consistently delivered outstanding service, promoted and raised its cause, was clear in their goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round, especially within the past year.”  Danielle Draper (adoption centre manager) and Tania Marsh (deputy adoption centre manager were delighted to accept the trophy for Cats Protection  and explained their vision is “A world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.”

Mark Tulley Presenting Not for Profit Award

Mark Tulley Presenting Not for Profit Award

Mark Tulley with Winners Daniell Draper and Tania Marsh

Mark Tulley with Winners Daniell Draper and Tania Marsh

It is a significant achievement to become a finalist in this highly competitive category, so many congratulations to:-

With cats playing a huge part in the lives of millions of people in the UK (there is an estimated population of 11.1 million cats – Source: PDSA 2018) the work of CATS PROTECTION and their efficiency as a charity has wide-reaching impact. The fundraising activity needs to be consistently successful as there are always more cats and more cat owners who need help.

The work of the charity includes:-


Finding good homes for cats in need – helping 200,000 cats every year through a network of 250 volunteers and 36 centres nationwide.


Encouraging responsible and early neutering.


Support for low-income families.

Information and Education

Promoting good care and understanding of cats needs.

Advocacy, Campaigning and  Government Relations

Including regulations for kitten vendors, the licensing of air guns, and encouraging landlords to have reasonable pet policies.

Take a look at Adopt a Cat to see some of the cats in need of a good home.

Jessie The Cat

Jessie, approximately six years old

One example is Jessie, a friendly lady who enjoys a fuss and lots of attention. May be able to live with children and a dog, but no other cats. She needs a home with a garden so she can safely go exploring.

Cats Protection also have a special scheme for ‘outdoor cats’ for those animals who prefer the great outdoors to snuggling up in the warm all the time but could do an excellent rodent control job for e..g stables, smallholdings and farms.

The Sussex Business Awards is one of the key events in the business calendar for every kind and size of business.  At the glittering award ceremony, other 2019 award winners included:

In 2020 the Awards will celebrate 32 years.  Keep an eye on for the Spring launch, or contact to discuss your interest in the sponsorship opportunities – a great way to mix with the winning firms and organisations from across West and East Sussex.