Company of the Year

This Award recognises a business that stands out as an inspiration to other businesses. The winner will be chosen by the sponsor and selected from the finalists in the other categories. It is a closed category therefore no entry is required.

Large Business of the Year (£1million and over turnover)

This Award aims to recognise a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all aspects of their organisation. The business will illustrate strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision. Entrants must have been trading for at least three years (January 2018).

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SME Business of the Year (£300,000 and £1million turnover)

This Award aims to recognise a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all aspects of their organisation. The business will illustrate strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision. Entrants must have been trading for at least three years (January 2018).

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Micro Business of the Year (£300,000 or less turnover)

This Award aims to recognise a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all aspects of their organisation. The business will illustrate strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision. Entrants must have been trading for at least three years (January 2018).

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International Business of the Year

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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Start-up of the Year

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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Business Pivot Award

This award is aimed at companies that were forced to pivot their business in another direction to survive the events of 2020. This award can also be aimed at companies that turned their manufacturing process into the production of PPE related items.

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Community Hero Award

This Award aims to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond for their community during the pandemic. Nominations for this award can be from the entrant themselves or a third party.

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Business Growth Award

This award recognises a business which, through outstanding vision and leadership, has achieved significant and sustained growth. Open to businesses that can demonstrate an increase in turnover scale-up in its latest financial year. Judges will want to know how the scale-up was achieved, how it is being managed and the strategy which you will use to sustain your success.

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Employer of the Year

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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Innovation in Business Award

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.

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Businessperson of the Year

This Award will be made for outstanding achievement by a businessperson who is contributing to the success of a business based in the County. Nominations for this award can be from the entrant themselves of a third party can nominate.

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Best Customer Service Award

This Award will be made to the business that exceeds customer expectations in all areas of the business by providing the very highest level of customer service. Judges will be looking for a well-implemented customer care policy and how it contributes to the overall success of the company.

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Professional Services Award

From accountants and actuaries to business consultants, recruiters and law firms, 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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Creative Industries Award

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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Jeremy’s Restaurant

Food & Drink Destination of the Year 2018

"Our team work tirelessly pursuing creative excellence in providing a high level of service and a quality product. We are thrilled to be recognised as an oasis for hospitality in this challenging and competitive environment…”