2016 Awards Open For Business


The twenty eighth Sussex Business Awards are now open for business.

Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in the county and is the one everyone wants to win!

There are seventeen trophies to be won this year including the prestigious Sussex Company of the Year, Best International Company and Best Customer Service. Three new categories have been introduced this year including:

The Sussex Graduate of the year – Sponsored by the University of Sussex the judges will be looking for ozone who has graduated from the university in the last three years and how has made an impact on Sussex business.

The Best Employer – sponsored by Morgan Sindall, this award will be made to the employer who is providing an environment where employees can thrive and really show their own potential.

The Award for Leisure and Tourism – sponsored by Southern Railway, the search is on outstanding achievement in the Sussex leisure and tourism industry.

Four new sponsors are involved this year including University of Sussex, Natures Way Food, Coffin Mew and Southern Railway.

They join the returning sponsors include Morgan Sindall, HSBC, Mazars, Checkatrade.com, Sussex Innovation Centre, Checkaprofessional.com, Wealden District Council, Sussex Chamber of Commerce.

The Argus, Heart FM, Title Sussex and Platinum Business will be media partners.

For the third year, Mike Herd, the executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre and the Sussex Businessperson of the Year 2000, will be taking his place as Chairman of the Judges.

Mike commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to take up the Chair of the Sussex Business Awards once again. This year no doubt there will be many other businesses across the region hoping they can follow in the footsteps of 17 winners across all categories. But the real beauty of these Awards is that, no matter who takes the accolades, we can all join together to celebrate business success in this remarkable county.”

Sussex companies have until 31 August 2016 at 17:00 to prepare their submissions.

To view this year’s categories – click here.

There is a small admin fee of £50 (ex vat) to enter one award or £100 (ex vat) for up to three entries. You can also make nominations for the Healthiest Workplace, Most Sustainable Business and Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Charity free of charge.

Winners will be announced at The Grand Brighton on Thursday 1 December 2016.


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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

“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