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
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.
2. The Sussex Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Heart FM
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.
3. The International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC
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.
4. The Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce
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.
5. The Award for the Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Coffin Mew
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.
6. The Award for Innovation in Business Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
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.
7. The Sussex Graduate of the Year Sponsored by University of Sussex
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.
8. The Award for Professional Services Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
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.
9. The Award for Leisure & Tourism Sponsored by Southern Railway
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.
10. The Best Place To Entertain Your Clients Sponsored by Title Sussex
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.
11. The Award for the Best Customer Service Sponsored by Checkatrade.com
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.
12. The Award for Best Employer Sponsored by Morgan Sindall
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.
13. The Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Platinum Business
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.
14. The Responsible Business Award Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com
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.
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1. The Award for Healthiest Workplace Sponsored by Natures Way Food
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.
2. The Award for the Most Sustainable Business Sponsored by Wealden District Council
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.
3. The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Sponsored by The Argus
Each year a special Awards is made to the organisation or individual who has made the greatest contribution to Sussex charity.