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Closing date for all nominations Friday 19th April 2019.
All nominations are FREE.
Winners will be announced at the evening awards on Friday 19th July at the Cavendish Hotel Eastbourne.
To enter yourself or your business into the awards, please select your preferred category below and click 'Enter Now'.
To nominate someone or put another business forward for an award, please complete our 'Nomination Form' HERE.
The Innovation Award
An ability to navigate market conditions is crucial for a business to survive today’s difficult economic conditions. How has your business adapted to change, or utilized an innovative idea in order to be a successful business? Either a company or an individual who will demonstrate an exceptional ability to think outside the box, whether it is discovering better ways to work, discovering a ground-breaking product, or showing outstanding marketing abilities.
Business Woman of the Year
Recognising Sussex’s most successful business women, these women need to show the great drive, dedication and determination that has made a difference in their working environment. Women who juggle all aspects of their lives with great results, women who may also be an outstanding mothers, leaders and role models.
Contribution to the Community
For the woman who has made a difference to her immediate and/or the wider Sussex community.
Employer of the Year
Those companies who demonstrate a comprehensive, female friendly approach and retention with excellent training. The judges will look for evidence and testimonials that confirm all of the above.
Large Business of the Year (over 30)
This award category is open to all businesses within the West Sussex area which is owned, part owned or wholly or partly run by a woman with 30+ employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership with a clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges. The judges will require proof of financial performance, innovativeness and the firm’s recent past to determine the quality of the entrants.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Medium Business of the Year (10-29)
To recognise outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of 10-29 employees and which is based in or has a significant presence in The East Sussex area. A clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of international markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges. Winning characteristics could be: a successful turn-around of a struggling or slow-moving company; successful exploitation of innovation; excellence in setting up a major new operation and bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; pioneering new markets; remarkable growth in size or profits. In a sentence, the judges are looking for something special for all to admire and from which all can learn. Judges will require proof of financial performance.
Mentor of the Year
New Business/Start Up of the Year
Overall Business/Woman of the Year
The toughest award of all. For the business or business woman who has impressed the judges the most. This ultimate award will be presented to the business or business woman considered to be the most outstanding of the year. This category is chosen by the judges as an overall award and cannot be entered.
Rising Star of the Year
Small Business of the Year (under 10)
This award category speaks for itself, and is open to all businesses within the East Sussex area which is owned, part owned or wholly or partly run by a woman with less than 10 employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership. Who have sustained success throughout their time of trading? Demonstrating a growth in profits, overcoming challenges with clear plans for the future. For this category, the judges will be looking for a business that are capable of producing a quality product/service whilst remaining committed to great client/customer service, as well as demonstrating innovation and marketing acumen. Judges will require proof of financial performance.
Woman in Arts/Music/Dance/ Media
This woman’s full time profession could be in the performing arts, music, the written word or visual medium in all its forms, for instance, a designer in either the media or interiors or an artist. A woman who has been able to truly maximise her talents with great success.
Woman in Education
Woman in Uniform
Woman of Courage
This winner could be someone who has battled against enormous odds yet still continues to work.