26th Sussex Business Awards Open

The twenty sixth Sussex Business Awards are now open for business following a series of launches in Brighton, Crawley and Uckfield.

Attendees heard previous winners discuss what winning an award has meant for them, as well as judges highlighting what they look for in entries.

Three new sponsors and a new chair of the judges were also announced.

Taking over the Chair from Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, will be Mike Herd, the executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre and the Sussex Businessperson of the year 2000.  Mike was also the winner last year of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Awards organiser Caraline Brown commented: “Peter has been a brilliant ambassador for the awards and we are really grateful for everything he has done for us over the years.

“And we are delighted to welcome Mike as our new chair. 

“Mike has experienced these awards from finalist to winner to sponsor.  Having spent around 16 years helping all sorts of businesses to grow we are confident he is going to make a brilliant chair.”

Mayo Wynne Baxter, join the team of sponsors which include Morgan Sindall, Domestic & General, Mazars, Legal & General, Sussex Innovation Centre, HSBC, Checkaprofessional.com, Sussex Enterprise, Heart FM, Sussex Business Times, Absolute Brighton.  Mayo Wynne Baxter will be sponsoring the Most promising new business.

Sussex Downs College are sponsoring a brand new award for the Young Sussex Businessperson of the Year and Wealden District Council will be sponsoring the award for the Most Sustainable Business.

Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in the county and it is the one that everyone wants to win!

Applicants have until 29 August 2014 to prepare their submissions. The Winners will be announced at The Grand Brighton on 10 December.

Follow us on Twitter @SussexBizAwards or contact us on 01273 666200.

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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 2016

“We are incredibly proud to have won two awards at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards in 2016. 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 2016, Award for Best Employer 2016

“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 2016

“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 2016

“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 2016