The 24th Sussex Business Awards launch this week

The Sussex Business Awards are going to be launched this week which sees the awards enter their 24th year. Last night the awards kick-off took place in Crawley where winners from last year’s event came and met potential sponsors and entrants for this year’s awards.

During this launch events, Nick Handley from Sussex Enterprise, had a question-and-answer session with those winners from previous years including Jane Wilkinson, from Leaders Ltd as well as Andrew Kay, from the Brighton & Hove Food Festival.

Tomorrow is going to see a similar event take place in Eastbourne. Peter Field is going to be the chairman of the judges and the event is also going to be attended by a local councillor, Mike Thomas. From the Federation of Small Businesses, Martin Searle is going to be attending as the FSB is one of the key sponsors of the event.

Last year the award was bestowed upon Jonathan Dow of Club Class Chauffeurs. The entrepreneur of the year award was given to Kevin Byrne. There are still a few tickets remaining for the event but they are sure to sell out soon so make sure you purchase them before time runs out.

The managing director of MD Hub, Fiona Shafer, is going to be taking the Brighton chair after winning the Most Promising New Business award. Last year Nicki Perry and James Burton were recognised after winning the award for the Healthiest Workplace.

This year the event is going to be sponsored by Deloitte, HSBC, Domestic & General, Morrisons Solicitors, the FSB, The Argus, among others. This year is going to see 15 trophies awarded, one of which is a new edition this year thanks to sponsorship made available by The Argus. Companies who want to enter the competition have until the end of August to prepare and make their application.

The prizes available at the events are regarded as some of the most prestigious business awards in the county and so it is likely that many businesses will enter. The final group of categories for awards will be announced next week.