Small Business (up to 9 employees)
This award is open to all businesses with less than 10 employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership.
Medium Business (10 to 49 employees)
We are looking for smaller businesses which compete with the 'big boys' in every way - except size. The winner will need to demonstrate a good team spirit among the employees and a strong customer service ethos.
Outstanding businesses often require outstanding individuals with larger-than-life personalities who show drive, commitment and enthusiasm and never settle for second best, either with their products or in their relations with staff and customers. We are looking for an individual who shows tremendous commitment and innovation, with outstanding leadership and vision and the drive to deliver.
This is an award to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in the area for many years, showing outstanding performance within their industry, a commitment towards their staff and who demands - and delivers - exceptional customer service.
Manufacturing & Construction
An award to a company that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of manufacturing and/or construction.
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
By a young age, some people in business have made an indelible mark in their company in the local market, or in their trade on a national scale. The winner will be someone who can demonstrate exceptional achievement or performance within their industry.
The winner of this award will have shown determination, drive and passion to start and grow a successful business during tough financial times. The winner will have also demonstrated their vision to succeed and overcome many obstacles along the way. Those trading for more than two years cannot enter this category.
Award for a company who exceeds customer expectations in its service. Customer service is an essential part of any successful business . This award aims to reward and recognise a company, individual, or team, for their outstanding achievement in providing exceptional customer service.
Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
An award to a locally-based business that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of tourism, leisure or hospitality activities.
Outstanding Contribution to the Community
Businesses play a significant role in the community, and many firms consider it important to contribute to their local supporters through charity work, and helping schools, colleges and community groups. This award aims to recognise local businesses who have taken the time to give something back.
This category seeks to recognise the qualified professionals, those who have gained a level of skill or competence in a particular field of work, those that have received 'chartered' qualifications. The judges will looking for excellence in the delivery of these services, along with evidence of an operator, or individual, which sets it aside from the crowd.
Employer of the Year
An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention, with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best company to work for!
Employee/Team of the Year
An award for an exceptional individual/team whose efforts and determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business resulting in a positive gain for the organisation.
Large Business (50+ employees)
The winner will have a well-deserved excellent reputation in the community, a record of innovative measures to enhance employee relations and demonstrate a commitment to never fail to deliver on its promises and to meet - and exceed - customer expectations.
The winner - either a company or an individual - 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.
Training & Development
Training and employee development are the keys to business success. The winner of this category will have demonstrated real commitment to developing and motivating their workforce. This category is open to businesses which have an exemplary training programme for their employees, or training providers - whichever you are, the judges will be looking for evidence that your training programmes work!
An award for a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who can demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.
An award for the retail business that can best demonstrate strong growth, an innovative approach to customer and employee relations together with creativity to enhance sales. This category is open to local independent retailers and to local units of national chains providing they can show how they have impacted on the local community and economy.
Place to Eat and/or Drink
Restaurants, takeaways - all have a chance to be nominated in this category. We're looking for a worthy eatery providing great customer service from a quality environment with, of course, consistently fine food. Have fun making your choices!
(Voted by Eastbourne Herald Readers)
Our panel of judges always find it a tough task selecting the winners. It's impossible to please everyone and the standard of businesses entering is always exceptionally high. So the onus will be on the Eastbourne Herald readers to vote for the No1 business from our selected shortlist.
Overall Business of the Year
(The winner will be chosen by the independent judging panel and cannot be entered)
This prestigious award will be given by the judges to one of the winners from the previous business categories above. The company that carries off this award will be chosen on the basis of being the best business that has most impressed the judges, that do the best for their clients, staff and the community. This category is chosen by the judges as an overall award and cannot be entered.