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1. Company of the Year Sponsored by Mazars

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This Award is not directly entered but chosen by the judge from businesses entering SME of the Year and Large Business of the Year. The winner is crowned thus because they have excelled in every part of the awards criteria.

2. Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by CountyClean Group

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.

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3. International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC

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This Award is open to any business based in, or conducting the majority of its overseas business from, an operational base in Sussex. The company should demonstrate healthy import/export activity and good trading relationship with any country outside of the UK.

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4. SME Business of the Year (£500,000 – £10 million) Sponsored by LMS Group

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This Award is open to businesses with an annual turnover between £500,000 and £10 million which are at least three years old and have an operational base in Sussex. This company should demonstrate a healthy financial performance and a strategic plan for growth.

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5. Start-up of the Year Sponsored by Coffin Mew

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This Award aims to recognise promising new start-up businesses looking to make their mark on the sector in which they operate, illustrate fast-growth and have ambitious plans for the future. Entrants must have been trading for at least six months and for no longer than three years.

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6. Business Innovation of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre

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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, the Sussex.

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7. Professional Services Award Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks

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From accountants and actuaries to business consultants, recruiters, law firms and marketeers, the judges are looking for companies which work within the professional service sector. Entrants must demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance and adherence to a professional code of conduct.

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8. Tourist Destination of the Year Sponsored by Red7

This award recognises the success of any business or organisation in the tourism sector. Judges are looking for evidence of businesses that are developing and enhancing the tourism and visitor experience in Sussex.

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9. Best Customer Service Award

This Award will be made to the business most successfully demonstrating a dedicated commitment to delivering outstanding customer service regardless of sector.

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10. Employer of the Year Sponsored by Clearline Recruitment

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 personally thrive.

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11. Large Business of the Year (£10 million+) Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

This Award is open to businesses with an annual turnover between £10 million+ which are at least three years old and have an operational base in Sussex. This company should demonstrate a healthy financial performance and a strategic plan for growth.

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12. Business in The Community Sponsored by Gatwick Airport

This Award recognises those companies who are doing the most to develop initiatives which give something back to the community. It is not intended for community organisations who already undertake community action but rather those commercial organisations who have identified initiatives’ which are beyond their business objectives.

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13. The Creative Industries Award Sponsored by University of Sussex

This award is for businesses which operate in the creative and digital sectors. This includes those in digital and graphic design, online marketing, advertising, PR, photography, film, video-making, music, theatre, publishers, craft makers, artists and related sectors.

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14. Food & Drink Destination of the Year

This Award is to celebrate all that is great about our local food and drink industry. Judges will be looking for a destination which creates an outstanding dining experience and provides an excellent level of customer service. From restaurants to hotels, pubs to cocktail bars, this category is open to a destination with passion to grow, source and provide local produce.

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15. Corporate Fundraiser of the Year Sponsored by Rockinghorse

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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