BUSINESSES across the area were urged to enter the prestigious Adur and Worthing Business Awards at a launch event last night (Wednesday, June 25).
Judges and invited guests attended a reception at the Denton Lounge on Worthing seafront, hearing from past winners about the secrets to a successful entry.
Online entries open on July 6 across a range of categories, from small business of the year to best green business.
Herald series editor in chief Gary Shipton said: “I urge everyone to go for these awards as sponsors or entrants because they are great for the towns, great for your customers, they are tremendous for you and your staff and clients because they are part of your journey towards success.
“We are immensely proud to help push these awards forward. We do it because we believe in our communities. We believe in your businesses. There is always much negative publicity in the world and we are keen to say Adur and Worthing are the best and we are on your side.”
Mr Shipton said there were three reasons why businesses typically did not take part in the awards.
They either ‘didn’t do awards’ or ‘couldn’t be bothered with the paperwork and administration’ but the number one reason was that ‘they didn’t think they were good enough’.
He stressed the nomination system was pain-free, while past winners, including ETI, SkiMarket and Pixel by Pixel, spoke of the benefits of taking part.
Chris Painter, managing director of Pixel by Pixel, said: “We never thought we were going to win. On the night we were at the back and thought we had no chance of winning and we were speechless when we won.
“It is worth spending time on your entry. It is a great thing to do. We are really proud to have won and it is a great night out.”
The awards will be judged by a panel including representatives from Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce and Worthing Borough Council.
Tina Tilley, chief executive of Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very proud to be part of the awards. We started a couple of years ago and they have grown with such momentum. It just keeps growing.”
Headline sponsor JSPC return for a third year and were thanked by Mr Shipton for their help in laying on the awards launch.
The winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony at Worthing Pavilion on November 13.
For more information about the awards and sponsorship, contact Jeanette Hockley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 534140.
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