The Lewes District Business Awards are made up of 12 categories.
Whether a dynamic businessperson or start up, a thriving SME, or one of District’s largest firms; there is an ideal category to highlight outstanding examples in all business areas.
It is free to enter and each business is permitted to enter a maximum of three award categories.
Click on the category name to read criteria and download entry form.
Company of the Year – sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors
For the most outstanding business in the District. Open to businesses with more than £1m turnover; typically those that have a significant number of local staff and are key influencers in the local community.
Small Business of the Year– sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine
This award is open to any business that is regarded as a beacon in the area, which has a turnover of less than £1 million and has been trading for at least two years. It might be viewed as setting an example to the wider business community and will have achieved both local, and possibly wider recognition.
Businessperson of the Year– sponsored by ACES Magazine
For outstanding achievement by an individual. The award is open to any businessperson who is based in, or conducts most of its business from the Lewes District. Directors, owners, managers and sole traders are all eligible.
Best Green Business – sponsored by Veolia
This award is open to any business within the District that is focused on helping it become a greener area. It is open to all types of business from commercial, to community interest to the voluntary sector – as well as individuals.
Business in the Community – sponsored by Wave Leisure Trust
The Award recognises the important role a business plays in its local community. It seeks to identify those companies who are doing most to develop initiatives which give something back to the community.
This award is not for organisations who already undertake community action but rather those commercial organisations that have identified initiatives which go beyond their business objectives.
Tourist Destination of the Year – sponsored by Uniglobe Travel
This category is open to businesses or organisations that offer an excellent Cultural, Leisure or Tourism service to visitors. The judges are looking for a place or business that enriches the area and helps to make Lewes District a great destination to visit and live in.
Best Independent Retailer– sponsored by Basepoint
Awarded to an independent retailer who offers an individual, innovative and exemplary customer service experience.
The business is greatly loved and supported by local shoppers and provides Lewes District with an element of quality and uniqueness which is worthy of special recognition and local accolade.
Franchises and multiples are not permitted to enter unless their headquarters are in the Lewes District.
Food & Drink Producer of the Year– sponsored by Viva Lewes
This Award is to recognise independent local producers that grow or farm produce in the Lewes District. They supply their produce to restaurants/retailers, or sell directly to the consumer.
From breweries to bakeries, vineyards to farmers, this category is open to any food or drink producers with passion to grow, source and provide local produce.
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Nexus Create
For the business most successfully demonstrating quality customer service. This Award is open to all businesses that can effectively demonstrate how the service that is offered is to an impeccable standard to each and every customer.
Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by LEAP
For the entrepreneur judged by an expert ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of local business leaders to have the best business concept and plan. This forms part of the LEAP Awards 2018 and is open to all candidates that have completed the LEAP training programme during January-March 2018. The winner also receives a cash prize.
This is a closed category and is only for those entrepreneurs that are undertaking the LEAP training and mentoring programme. For more info on future programmes, contact LEAP on 0300 330 1450.
Professional Services Award– sponsored by Allied Irish Bank
This award recognises businesses in the private professional sector (accountants, architects, solicitors, lawyers, financial services, education etc.) who provide quality service, unrivalled expertise and deliver a market leading service to its customers.
Employer of the Year – sponsored by RSE Group
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 really thrive! With 1m people working in the region and employment set to grow by 5% over the next ten years this Award is more important than ever. You are welcome to support your application with staff testimonials.