Countdown is on for the Eastbourne Business Awards

THE deadline is just days away to enter for this year’s prestigious Eastbourne Business Awards, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The showcase event, which features a sparkling awards ceremony at the Grand Hotel on Friday, November 9, has already attracted scores of entries for the host of categories.

However, the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, which is the main sponsor of the awards in partnership with Edeal, wants more businesses in the town will see the value of the event.

They are hoping to see a lot of new faces feature demonstrate the economic diversity of Eastbourne.

“For any business which is nominated and then goes on to win an award, this is recognition among your peers that you are special,” explained Ray Mason, chief executive of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce.

“Winning an award sends out a message that your company is special. It is a comfort to customers that this particular person or company enjoys a status and recognition within the business community.

“It is an accreditation which highlights that you are a good firm to do business with.”

Mr Mason, along with Chamber president, Mark McFadden, and other members of the organisation, have been keen to promote the awards in its 10th anniversary year.

The Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce has supported the event since its inception, but this is the first year when it has been the main sponsor.

They regard the showpiece as a focal point for Eastbourne and by adding to the Chamber’s reputation as one of the principle drivers, they believe it will add to the gravitas of the occasion.

In a week when there have been some encouraging economic indicators, including a slight lowering of the inflation rate and a reduction in the unemployment figures, Ray Mason remains defiantly buoyant about Eastbourne’s future.

“I’m in agreement with MP Stephen Lloyd about this that Eastbourne is bucking the trend nationally,” he added.

“There is a certain esprit about Eastbourne right now even though we know times are tough in the economy across the country.

“We are seeing businesses in Eastbourne pick up, looking to come out of this difficult recession even stronger.

“I am beginning to see the business community in Eastbourne working closer together, for example working on the apprenticeship schemes and working together to improve the town centre.

“The Chamber is at the focal point of this. We are seeing more firms joining the Chamber as organisations help each other to work for the good of Eastbourne.”