IF YOU want your favourite local business, or even your own firm, to receive the recognition it deserves in the inaugural Uckfield Business Awards then now is the time to do it as the closing date for entries (September 7) is approaching fast. All those companies in the running will attend a glittering Awards ceremony taking place on November 1 at the East Sussex National.
Adrian Corbin from Uckfield-based Scientifica who is organising the awards along with The Marketing Eye and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce said: “On that night we will be celebrating all that is great about business in Uckfield. We always knew that Uckfield had plenty to feel proud about in terms of the quality of products and services it offers and the Award nominations to date have backed that up.”
There are 15 Awards, including nine which companies can put themselves forward for, such as Best New Business, while others can be nominated by members of the public.
Adrian went on: “We couldn’t have organised the Awards without the kind support of a variety of local businesses which have stepped forward to sponsor the different categories as well as the main sponsor, Parker Building Supplies.”
Categories include Tradesperson of the Year, sponsored by Parker Ceilings, an award to honour the skills and dedication of Uckfield’s tradespeople, many of whom are self-employed and work alone. Judges look for evidence of excellent customer service and outstanding work. Nominations can be made by customers, a fellow tradesperson or self nomination.
There are also categories for Innovation and for Environmentally Sustainable Businesses. The Innovation Award, sponsored by Knibbs Computer Services, highlights Uckfield’s creators and innovators. Innovation doesn’t have to be technical – it could just as easily be in operations, marketing or your customer service. Sponsored by Simmons Gainsford, the Environmentally Sustainable Business Award supports the fact that being environmentally friendly is no longer just a marketing hook.
The Marketing Eye’s Neil Edwards said: “With the deadline for Award entries fast approaching – now is the time for Uckfield companies to shout about the work they are doing and for the public to step forward and nominate those businesses which they most admire.”