Nominations are open for the Seahaven Business Awards

Winners of Seahaven Business Awards 2013.
Winners of Seahaven Business Awards 2013.

Nominations are invited for the Seahaven Business Awards.

Categories include Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Best Retailer of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Environmental Business and the President’s Award - Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards are for companies and individuals that work in or are based in and around the BN9, BN25, and BN10 postcode areas.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce president Annie Lorys said: “We are planning the biggest and best ever Seahaven Business Awards in 2014. Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers are both coming on board as joint hosts and all three chambers will be promoting the SBA in their areas.”

Entry is free. Judges include Norman Baker MP, the Mayor of Newhaven, presidents of Newhaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce and the chairman of Peacehaven and District Chamber of Commerce.

The closing date for nominations will be Friday April 11 2014.

Winners will be announced at the Chamber Presidents’ Gala Dinner on Friday May 9 in the presence of Vu Quang Minh, the Vietnamese Ambassador, at Peacehaven Golf Club.

Find out more on 01273 517544 or e-mail or go to for a nomination form.

The main sponsor for the event is Wave Leisure.

Newhaven’s links with Vietnam began when the Vietnamese embassy picked up on a story published in the Sussex Express about Ho Chi Minh having worked as a pastry chef on Newhaven ferry before his rise to power.

Officials from the Vietnamese Embassy got in touch with Newhaven Town Council, presented them with a three foot high statue of Ho Chi Minh and two framed photos.

A special foundation town commemorates Ho Chi Minh’s links with the town.

The Sussex Express offices even had a visit from Vietnamese Embassy staff and we have a glass ornament from them to commemorate their visit.