The shortlist for the 29th annual Sussex Business Awards has been announced and hundreds of applicants have been whittled down to just forty-five finalists.

Representatives from 14 towns across the county make the shortlist and 2017 is set to be a hot contest to receive one or more of the prestigious seventeen trophies.

Three companies make the shortlist three times – Haybury, Rinkit Limited and ViiSana Limited – whilst another five are on the shortlist twice.

To reach their crucial decisions, the judges reviewed all the entries to arrive at an initial longlist. Candidates then went through a rigorous reviewing system, including phone, face to face and panel interviews, to determine those in the running for one of the most highly coveted awards in Sussex.

Taking his place as chairman of the judges for a fourth year, Mike Herd, Executive Director of the Sussex Innovation Centre oversaw the group which included representatives from Checkatrade.com, Coffin Mew, Gemini Print, HARE, HSBC, Legal & General, Mazars, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Innovation Centre, The Goodall Foundation, University of Sussex, Vantage Professional Risks, Platinum Business Magazine, The Argus, Title Sussex and Heart FM.

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Mike said: “The Sussex Business Awards celebrate the dynamism, vibrancy and success of our county’s thriving business community.

“The exceptional quality of the entries this year has really shone through and it is an honour to chair the panel of judges for a fourth year in a row. Congratulations to all the shortlist!”

Sussex Businessperson of the Year finalists have been selected from entrants to the Sussex Company of the Year and Small Business of the Year, as well as direct entries. Winners will be decided following a series of face to face interviews with a panel of judges.

The Awards will be take place on Thursday 30 November at The Grand Brighton and are attended by over 500 of the county’s leading businesses.

Tickets cost £90 each (plus VAT) or £850 (plus VAT) for a table of ten. This includes champagne reception, three course meal, and two bottles of wine, as well as entertainment and dancing.

The Awards sell out each year so make sure to book your tickets HERE.

For the full list of finalists CLICK HERE.

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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