2016 Sussex Business Award finalists announced

The shortlist for the 28th annual Sussex Business Awards has been announced and hundreds of applicants have been whittled down to just forty one finalists.

Representatives from 27 towns across the county make up the shortlist, with 2016 set to be a hot contest to receive one or more of the prestigious seventeen trophies. 

Six companies make the shortlist twice, including The Base Skatepark CIC, Stelfox, International Logistics Group (ILG), Cheesmur Building Contractors, Yelo Architects and The Dental Barn.

To reach their crucial decision, the judges reviewed all the entries to come to their longlists. Candidates then go through a rigorous reviewing system, including phone, face-to-face and panel interviews, to determine who will be in the running for one of the most highly coveted awards in Sussex. 

Taking his place as chairman of the judges for the third year in a row was Mike Herd, executive director of the Sussex Innovation Centre and a previous winner of the Sussex Businessperson of the Year, said, “The exceptional quality of the entries really shined through, and I know a lot of worthy winners have been chosen. Congratulations to all the shortlist!”

The day involved plenty of tough decisions and many discussions

The day involved plenty of tough decisions and many discussions

Sussex Businessperson of the Year finalists have been automatically selected from entrants to the Sussex Company of the Year and the Small Business of the Year Awards, as well as direct entries. Winners will then be decided after a series of face-to-face interviews in front of a panel of judges.

Entries were judged by an expert panel which included representatives from Mazars, Morgan Sindall, HSBC, Southern Railway, Vantage Professional Risks, Checkatrade.com, Sussex Innovation Centre, Checkaprofessional.com, Wealden District Council, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, University of Sussex, Natures Way Food, Coffin Mew, The Argus, Platinum Business, Heart FM and Title Sussex.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday 1 December 2016 at The Grand, Brighton and will be presented by comedian Simon Evans.

The awards sell out each year so make sure to book your tickets soon. Tickets are available via www.sbawards.org.uk.

Deep deliberation ran throughout the day

Deep deliberation ran throughout the day

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 on each table, as well as entertainment, dancing and a few surprises. 

For more information or to buy tickets, please contact the SBA team by calling 01273 666200 or email them directly at sussex@midnight.co.uk