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HOW TO ENTER
Businesses based in Sussex are invited to submit up to three entries in any of the categories listed below, web as well as making a nomination for Healthiest Workplace, Most Sustainable Business and Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity for free.

WRITING YOUR AWARD WINNING ENTRY
1. Review the categories below (click on category name to view description and entry form).

2. Determine which categories are most appropriate for your business.

3. Download the entry template and ensure you address the criteria outlined in each category.

4. Keep each entry to no more than two pages of A4 and include as many relevant facts and figures to support your submission as possible (testimonials, percentages, sales figures).

5. Save your entry as a PDF and upload with a supporting image and logo.

 

** CLICK ON THE CATEGORY NAME BELOW FOR DESCRIPTION, CRITERIA AND ENTRY FORM **

1. The Sussex Company of the Year Sponsored by Mazars

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Economic output from Sussex is in the range of £37bn – 2.2% of the UK total. This Award is open to businesses with more than £2 million turnover which are based in, or conducting most of their business from, Sussex and will be made to the most outstanding business in the region. NB Principals of companies entering this category will automatically be considered for the Sussex Businessperson of the Year Award.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

2. The Sussex Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Heart FM

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This Award will be made for outstanding achievement by a businessperson who is contributing to the success of a business based in Sussex. Directors, owner managers and senior executives are all eligible and entrants will also be automatically drawn from the submission made for company and small company of the year.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

3. The International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC

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Sussex has a foundation of strong growth in international trade – the UK’s second international airport, a skilled workforce and a predominance of sectors with high propensity for internationalisation. Exporters contribute 60% to UK productivity (UKTI) and those new to exporting experience an average 34% increase in productivity in the first year. This Award is open to any business based in, or conducting the majority of its overseas business from, the county of Sussex.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

4. The Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce

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This Award is open to any business that has a turnover of less than £2 million and has been trading for at least two years. The business must be based in, or conduct most of its business from, Sussex. NB Principals of companies entering this category will automatically be considered for the Sussex Businessperson of the Year Award.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

5. The Award for the Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Coffin Mew

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Around 9,000 new businesses were set up in Sussex last year – and that figure is growing annually. But which one will be the most promising for 2016? This Award is open to any company based in Sussex that has been trading for at least six months and for no longer than three years.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

6. The Award for Innovation in Business Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre

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According to a recent survey in the Greater Brighton and West Sussex area, 64% of businesses are engaged in some sort of innovative activity and the South East is identified as being more innovative than both London and the UK as a whole. This Award will be made to the business best demonstrating outstanding innovation either by developing a new product or by introducing a new process or system to an existing business. The Award is open to any business based in, or conducting the majority of its business from, Sussex.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

7. The Sussex Graduate of the Year Sponsored by University of Sussex

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With 88% of University of Sussex graduates in graduate-level employment or further study within six months of graduating, the judges will be looking for someone who has graduated from Sussex in the past three years and who has made an impact on a Sussex business. The judges will be looking for evidence of professional motivation, communication skills, practical skills, resilience, leadership, maturity and integrity.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

8. The Award for Professional Services Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks

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Most businesses in Sussex call upon the support of the professional services in some capacity or the other – from accountants and actuaries to business consultants, recruiters, law firms and marketers. Professional services accounts for around 20% of business in the Sussex area and it is growing faster than anywhere else in the UK. Who is the best in Sussex? The judges are looking for regulated companies which work to a code of conduct. Entrants must demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

9. The Award for Leisure & Tourism Sponsored by Southern Railway

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There are an estimated one thousand places to visit in Sussex. From lively resorts to quiet coastal walks, from ancient castles to archaeological sites and nature reserves to theatres, cinemas, museums and art galleries – Sussex has surely got it all! This award will be made for the most outstanding achievement in the Sussex leisure and tourism industry.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

10. The Best Place To Entertain Your Clients Sponsored by Title Sussex

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Entertaining clients offers an excellent opportunity to develop relationships and increasingly plays a crucial role in business. You want to impress, but keep matters informal and still get the business done! Judges are looking for a business or venue – it may be a restaurant, bar, sports venue, hotel or even networking event – which offers an unforgettable experience and leaves a lasting impression on your clients.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

11. The Award for the Best Customer Service Sponsored by Checkatrade.com

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Excellence in customer service is a key means of differentiating your business from its competitors. They say those with a positive experience will tell two or three others about the company whilst those a bad experience will tell up to 20! Great customer service leads to repeat business and direct benefits to the bottom line. This Award will be made to the business most successfully demonstrating quality customer care and innovative customer service.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

12. The Award for Best Employer Sponsored by Morgan Sindall

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This Award is open to employers of any size or type in Sussex who have achieved excellence in providing an environment where employees can develop their full potential, achieve outstanding success for the business and really thrive! With 1m people working in the region and employment set to grow by 5% over the next ten years this Award is more important than ever. You are welcome to support your application with staff testimonials.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

13. The Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Platinum Business

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An entrepreneur is a person who takes an idea for a product or service, considers the risks, gathers resources, and plans and implements the idea. This Award will recognise those Sussex entrepreneurs who have turned their business idea into a reality and have been trading for at least two years. The judges will be looking for evidence of professional motivation, communication skills, practical skills, resilience, leadership, maturity and integrity.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

14. The Responsible Business Award Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com

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Across Sussex there’s a growing trend amongst businesses to encourage collaboration amongst colleagues, customers and others to make a meaningful difference in the county. In this way they are inspiring and creating real behaviour change around the things that people care most about – and delivering positive change for themselves and their communities. Corporate social responsibility takes many forms – employee volunteering, mentoring, youth support, civic leadership, sponsored activities or simply charitable giving. This Award will be made to the company or organisation that has made the most impact in their community.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

 

 

Nominate for Free

1. The Award for Healthiest Workplace Sponsored by Natures Way Food

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Creating and sustaining a healthy workforce benefits everyone. It makes sense for people in our organisations to gain and maintain good health, avoid illness, recover quickly when ill, and feel good about themselves and their work environment. This Award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate how it has worked to sustain the health and well-being of its workforce to the mutual benefit of the staff and the organisation.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

2. The Award for the Most Sustainable Business Sponsored by Wealden District Council

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It has been estimated that low carbon activities in Sussex generate around £2.7bn in sales each year and support 21,000 jobs and 1,550 businesses.

This Award will be made for outstanding achievement by those businesses for whom the protection or enhancement of the environment is placed at the core of their activities, or whose products or practices have resulted in significant beneficial environmental impact.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE

3. The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Sponsored by The Argus

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Each year a special Awards is made to the organisation or individual who has made the greatest contribution to Sussex charity.

To download the Entry Form – CLICK HERE
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\"It was a great honour, privilege and I have to say surprise to win two awards. We have an enviable reputation in the UK but to be benchmarked against the very best in Sussex - wow that was quite something! It was very motivating for all our staff but especially our young but talented management team. It has also improved our profile and reputation both locally and nationally.\"

AJS Labels, Sussex Company of the Year 2015

\"It has had a positive impact on our now national profile and has been pivotal in securing contracts wins from on our doorstep to as far afield the west country to the north west and the north east. It has provided staff with a boost to morale and generated great PR for both Burleys and our key clients!\"

Burleys, Innovation in Business 2015

\"Winning has helped raise the profile of our business in and beyond Sussex.  It not only reflects the hard work and dedication of all our staff but highlights the quality of our sparkling wines and the exciting future for our industry.

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Small Business of the Year 2015

\"It was an incredible experience, Being involved in the process was great and I had the opportunity to meet with other business professionals also striving for excellence in the industry in which they operate.  This year we are hoping that we’ll win an award which recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment of the whole team.\"

Searches UK, Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

\"Winning the award last year was especially poignant as I had no idea I was even in the running! To receive any award is rightly considered a great achievement, but to win a Sussex Business Award holds greater resonance given the status of the awards in our region.\"

Rockinghorse, Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity 2015

\"It meant a lot to Allergy Therapeutics and validates our commitment to be a leading pharmaceutical company and healthcare provider. Receiving this prestigious award was exciting and motivating for the entire team and we wish all 2016 entrants the best of luck.\"

Allergy Therapeutics, International Business of the Year 2015

\"The Sussex Business Awards are the benchmark for successful organisations in Sussex and I always find it uplifting to see so many great businesses and business people being recognised for their achievements. There is no doubt that winning an award becomes a kind of shorthand for your professionalism and credibility. I am still surprised at the genuine opportunities the Awards have given us.\"

The Kitchen Store, Boss of the Year 2015

\"We were incredibly proud to win. As a firm at Bennett Griffin we strive to provide specialist professional services together with the highest level of customer care to all our clients and this award recognised the work undertaken by all our staff to achieve that .\"

Bennett Griffin LLP, Professional Services Award 2015