Celebrating 30th years in 2018, the Awards are the most sought-after accolade by organisations from every sector in Sussex.

You might be weighing up the pros and cons of spending the time to enter a business awards process but we believe it’s time well spent, given the many benefits that are associated with such events. We have put together 5 reasons why we believe it makes sense from a business perspective to enter into an awards event.

1. Marketing & PR
Business awards may not spring to mind when thinking about marketing opportunities but just being short-listed can improve your businesses brand awareness and access to new customers. Being associated with a business awards event can provide great PR opportunities during the pre-event promotion and after the event. Awards celebrate hard work and success and it is a great opportunity to put your business in the spotlight and have your achievements acknowledged.

2. Opportunity to take stock
The application process for entering a business awards represents a great opportunity to review and take stock of your business. The process will not only allow you to identify your successes but also can show some areas required for improvement when comparing yourself to the competition. Applying for an award is also a good opportunity to practice your pitching skills as you will need to make sure you stand out from the competition in your specific category. Finally as well as reviewing the past and present an application process will also give you the opportunity to think about the future direction of the business and set goals to be achieved.

3. Have achievements recognised
Winning an award or being short-listed can act as a 3rd party endorsement for your business. Having your business judged and endorsed by an independent panel of respected business leaders gives your company increased creditability when pitching to new customers. Receiving an award acknowledges your excellence in a category or industry providing a distinct competitive advantage over rivals.

4. Building team morale
Succeeding in business requires a team effort and picking up an award gives recognition to your staffs contribution to the businesses success. This is invaluable in terms of boosting morale and making employees feel proud of the company and their contribution. Bringing your team to the awards ceremony is a great way of celebrating your achievements as a team and also provides good networking opportunities.

5. Add a new string to your bow
Winning an award not only provides a great sense of achievement, it also provides a competitive advantage going forward for your business, in terms of attracting investment, recruiting new talent and attracting new customers. It can provide that distinguishing factor in a crowded marketplace and best of all, entering and winning a business award can be achieved at a relatively low cost.

What Next?
We hope this post encourages you to put yourself forward to enter the Sussex Business Awards. To view categories and download entry forms, CLICK HERE.

Businesses can enter up to three categories and deadline for submissions is September 6th 2018.

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“Everyone in Sussex wants to win a prestigious SBA and I was lucky enough to win on the first time around. It’s allowed HARE to approach bigger clients with confidence knowing we’re award winners…”

Hare, Sussex Graduate of the Year

“We are incredibly proud to have won two awards at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards. These highly sought-after awards have been of great interest to our clients and I am proud of our team for their fantastic success…”

Haybury (formely Stelfox), International Business of the Year, Award for Best Employer

“Winning a SBA validates the fundamental reason why we came to be, to give Bognor Town a leisure facility which it could be proud of. It reinforces the culture within our passionate team to provide a wonderful place for young people to feel at home in an ever stressful and difficult world where youth provision is lacking…”

The Base Skatepark, The Award for Leisure & Tourism

“Sussex is home to a fantastic business community, so picking up a Sussex Business Award last year was a real honour. It recognises our hard work and determination, and raises awareness of what we’re trying to achieve as a company. Industry awards such as this also help no end in attracting investment to fund our ambitious plans for growth…”

Darren Fell, Crunch, Sussex Businessperson of the Year

“Winning the Professional Services award has been extremely rewarding for Yelo and helped to further raise our profile as one of the leading architecture practices in Sussex. It\'s great for our staff to receive recognition for their dedication and the quality service they provide to our clients, and the whole experience was topped by a fantastic awards evening…”

Yelo Architects, The Award for Professional Services