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1. Company of the Year Sponsored by Mazars
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.
3. International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC
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.
4. SME Business of the Year (£500,000 – £10 million) Sponsored by LMS Group
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.
5. Start-up of the Year Sponsored by Coffin Mew
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.
6. Business Innovation of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre
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.
7. Professional Services Award Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.