2017 Lewes District Business Awards Shortlist Revealed

Following a record level of entries, some of the Lewes District’s biggest and best make the shortlist of forty-six finalists for fourteen awards in this year’s Lewes District Business Awards.


Now in their fourth year, the Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for many different types of businesses to come together and celebrate the District’s business talent and achievement, recognising success, innovation and excellence amongst the business community.

The wide variety of awards has ensured that a diverse range of businesses from all sectors can participate. From family run businesses to international organisations, the entries represent businesses that are excelling in all areas including customer service, community work, retail, sustainability, growth and tourism.

Companies making the shortlist twice include Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians. Harvey& Sons and Le Magasin whilst Fundraising Auctions makes the list three times with the managing director being shortlisted for Businessperson of the Year.

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, David Sheppard, Chair of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce and of this year’s Judges, said: “Lewes and District businesses have once again excelled themselves with the numbers and quality of the entries for the Lewes and District Business Awards.

“Ranging from small retail businesses to larger multi nationals, Lewes District has shown strength in depth and wide diversity setting high business standards in all sectors, notably the creative, leisure, professional services and tourism industries. This made judging a particularly hard task for the judging panel, but in the end winners were agreed upon, all ready to be revealed at the award ceremony.”

The Awards will be presented by the BBC Television News presenter and correspondent, Ben Brown, on Thursday 13 July 2017 at the Lewes Town Hall.

The event will be attended by around 250 of the District’s leading businesses and offers great opportunities to both celebrate and network.

Tickets cost £65 each (plus vat) or £600 for a table of ten (plus vat) and includes a three course meal with wine preceded by a sparkling wine reception provided by award-winning local wine producer – Plumpton Estate. The local vineyard is world-renowned for its expertise in viticulture and oenology. It is also home to the only English-language wine degree course in Europe.