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The East Sussex Business Awards is a glittering gala night which showcases the best businesses in East Sussex. The awards are open to all members of a town based Chamber of Commerce in Sussex as well as members of the FSB.

Nominations are now open for the ACES 2019 East Sussex Business Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate your business or a third-party business that has impressed you. There are ten categories to choose from including SME Business of the Year, Outstanding Team of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

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Nominations close at 11pm, Monday 26th August 2019.

Categories for 2019

Micro Business of the Year

A company of 1-9 people that has demonstrated strong revenue growth and a product or service of a quality that stands above its competitors. The identifying of and capitalising on scale opportunities will be noted by the judges.

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SME of the Year

The judges will look for a business with the most innovative and sector-disrupting service or product, combined with strong turnover growth, innovative marketing, excellent customer service and a record of supporting the well-being of its staff.

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Export Business of the Year

This award is open to any ACES member which has increased their sales and services overseas. The economic context of the industry sector will be considered and the judges will be looking for performance, growth and stability. This company will demonstrate an understanding of culture, politics, financial control, currency, communications, regulatory and legal implications of their chosen markets.

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Outstanding Team of the Year

This award focuses on the development and experience of a well-balanced team which has transformed an organisation and helped deliver success and growth. Has your team or one of your colleagues' teams excelled? Offered a fresh perspective, leveraged key connections or identified a gap in the market for a new product or service?

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Business Person of the Year Award

We're looking for a great leader, someone determined and motivated. A person with vision, flair and confidence. This leader's company will be successful in whatever field it is in. They will have added value to everything they do. They'll communicate openly, with integrity and will inspire the people around them. They will demonstrate a good understanding of their local community and partnership working.
Nominations can be made by colleagues, customers, subordinates or fellow chamber members.

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Professional Service Provider of the Year

To recognise excellent Accountants, Solicitors, Surveyors, Bankers, Architects, Estate Agents, to name but a few. This award is for professional service providers that manage the needs of the business better than their competitors, with judges considering the best value, customer service, and reliability - nominate your best service provider.

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Digital/Technology/Innovation Award

This category will reward the most ground-breaking technology, product or service that has been responsible for strong revenue growth over the past year.

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Rising Star of the Year

The judges will be looking for an exceptional emerging business or developing entrepreneur. This award is to highlight and recognise emerging companies of any size or individuals who have demonstrated creativity and vision in their business and who are generating excitement in the marketplace. This company or entrepreneur will demonstrate creativity, innovation, great service and customer engagement. The one to watch in the future.

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The Place to Meet and Eat

This award is open to cafés, pubs, restaurants, meeting venues and hotels which best demonstrate first class customer service, excellent staff training, quality of food and a good working environment. They should also demonstrate strong performance results and a commitment to high-quality products and ingredients.

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Social Enterprise of the Year

A social enterprise is defined as a business driven by a social or environmental purpose and is generally not-for-profit. We're looking for a social enterprise or charity that has been trading for a minimum of three years and is performing well against its key performance indicators.
They offer goods and services, like all businesses, but they focus on social and environmental issues and their profits go back into the business or the community. This category is for CIC's, Charities and any non-profit organisation.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

We are looking for a successful business person who has worked in East Sussex for many years. They will have contributed to the local community and will have provided employment for many people, including disadvantaged residents and those with learning difficulties. They will be a supporter of their local Chamber and local community and will have delivered a service that benefits the wider community.



Nominations are welcome from Chambers across East Sussex for this very special award.

(Please note, self-nominations are not accepted.)

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The Chamber Business of the Year

This the ultimate prize - the winner of winners! You are not able to enter your business into this category or make a nomination. This winner will be chosen by the judges from all the shortlisted businesses across the various categories.
The winner will demonstrate all-round business competence and be the champion of champions for the 2019 ACES East Sussex Business Awards.

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