What Happens Now?

For the fourth year running the Sussex Business Awards have received a ten per cent increase in award entries.

Judging is well under way, with around one hundred businesses from thirty towns across the county competing for sixteen trophies.

How does the judging work?

The final decisions are always made at the judge’s meeting, where the sponsors and judges come together under the chairmanship of Mike Herd, executive director of the Sussex Innovation Centre. Mike will ask any companies who have a vested interest in the success of a particular applicant are asked to declare their partisanship and leave the room!

Prior to this meeting the judges will have scored entries and carried out various interviews with their personal shortlist. Not every entrant is interviewed – only those whom the judges feel have real potential to make their long list.

Following the judges’ meeting there may well be panel interviews for the individual awards. This will be decided at the judges meeting on 17 October.

All entrants are emailed asap after the judges meeting and the shortlist is announced in The Argus on Tuesday 28 October and in the November issues of Sussex Business Times and Absolute Brighton.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the Awards ceremony, then make sure you book them soon. This is the twenty sixth anniversary and it’s going to be a big year!

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday 10 December 2014 at The Grand, Brighton and will be attended by over 500 of the county’s leading business people.

Tickets cost £90 each (plus VAT) or £850 (plus VAT) for a table of ten. This includes champagne reception, three course meal, and two bottles of wine on each table, as well as entertainment, dancing and a few surprises.

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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