Recognising Local Business

Recognising Local Business

by Angela Crane

Sponsors and winners enjoyed a three-course meal celebrating their contribution, input and support to the local business community.

A celebratory dinner was recently held by the Adur & Worthing Business Awards at a stylish restaurant in Worthing. The night started with an opportunity for guests to network before taking their seats for a congratulatory speech by Martin Randall, Director for the Economy, Adur & Worthing Councils.

Now under the umbrella of the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP) as a not-for-profit organisation, the Awards are organised by a committee of successful local business people. Also in attendance on the night were local councillors, Brian Boggis, Adur Executive Member for Regeneration and Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration.

In its tenth year, the awards have become the feature business event across the area showcasing a thriving business community. Following a sell-out event, sponsors have been queuing up to be involved for the 2018 awards, which will take place on Friday 16th November 2018 at The Pavilion, Worthing. Businesses interested in nominating themselves can attend the official launch event, which will take place at Shoreham Airport on 6th June 2018.

The awards feature 18 categories including Best Medium Business (4-49 employees) and recognition for outstanding Customer Service. This year resulted in the highest number of entries, seeing a clash of opposing opinions between those on the judging panel. Tina Tilley, CEO, Worthing & Adur Chamber said, “it’s a real challenge on Judging Day. We spend a day sorting the information and over 10 hours of hard fought deliberation, with every judge having their own professional view on a nomination. It’s a heated affair – but that’s the way it should be! The passion  shown by every member on the panel is genuine and demonstrates a real commitment to the awards. It is a privilege to share the success stories.”

Following the success of last year’s awards, only a handful of sponsorship opportunities now remain for 2018. With a number of different sponsorship levels available, it’s a great way to support the local business community and raise your company profile. Many sponsors have indicated a positive return on investment through direct involvement with these business awards.

Peter Webb, Managing Director of the current headline sponsor said, “it is my privilege to once again be involved with the Adur & Worthing Business Awards. They get bigger and better each year and much of this is down to the businesses and individuals who help to make Adur & Worthing’s economy a force to be reckoned with. 2018 will be no exception and I am confident that they will continue to grow in prestige.”

Full updates can be found on the dedicated website www.awbawards.com