Seahaven Business Awards staged in Newhaven

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THE PRESTIGIOUS Seahaven Business Awards will be staged on Tuesday May 10 in a bid to recognise hard work in difficult economic times.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce decided to relaunch the awards this year, after they were last held in 2007.

Chamber president Paul Boswell said: “The chamber knows how hard the current economic climate is for businesses and with so much gloom and doom around, we wanted to highlight the continued success of our local business community.

“We want to recognise and reward businesses who have shown tremendous commitment and innovation over the past year and bring back a feel good factor,”

Categories include business of the year, business personality of the year, best retailer of the year, best customer service and best environmental business. Six local businesses are sponsoring the awards.

Organisers thanked Newhaven Enterprise Centre, GoPlastic Ltd, Celerity Payroll, Swindells Accounting, Veolia Environmental and GW Ironworks.

Mr Boswell added: “We have had a good number of entries for all the categories.

“There seems to be a lot of interest in a more localised business award event among the business community. I look forward to this becoming a major annual event for all businesses between Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.”

The closing date for nominations has passed and the judging has taken place.

The judges were Norman Baker MP, Mayor of Newhaven Graham Amy and chamber president Paul Boswell.

Mr Boswell added: “I am remaining tight lipped about the winners; all I can say is come along to the awards night on May 10, and enjoy some great networking too.”

The awards take place on Tuesday May 10 at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, on Denton Island, Newhaven, starting at 6pm with the chamber AGM, followed by the awards presentation at about 7pm. Companies and individuals from BN9, BN25 and BN10 were encouraged to enter.