Awards set to fly the flag for Uckfield

Business people, professionals and council members came together recently for the launch event of the inaugural Uckfield Business Awards. Held at Marco Pierre White's Chequers Inn in Maresfield, around 70 guests, including award sponsors, came to find out more about the Awards.

The Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr John Carvey; the chair of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Chris Dowling; and the chair of Wealden District Council, Cllr Jonica Fox were among those present.

The awards are being run in association with Uckfield Chamber of Commerce. They are being organised by Chamber committee member, Adrian Corbin, and The Marketing Eye - an Uckfield-based company.

The Awards are to be announced at an awards dinner at the East Sussex National on Thursday 1 November.

"Uckfield is one of the best places in East Sussex to do business and we want to celebrate that," said Adrian Corbin. "We are delighted that 30 local companies have stepped forward to sponsor the awards and we are looking to involve the public as well."

With 15 award categories - there is an opportunity for every Uckfield business to take part - no matter how big or small, how long established and what industry it is in. Awards include ‘Business of the Year', ‘Customer Service Award' and ‘Best Dressed Window'.

Mr Corbin added: "There are awards for businesses, business leaders and employees. The majority require self-nomination, but it is also possible for customers to nominate as well. Categories have been chosen so that there is something for every business, large and small, to enter. We hope businesses will tell us about their achievements and take advantage of the opportunity presented by the awards to promote their activity."

The overall sponsor of the event is Parker Building Supplies and Stewart Pierce told guests: "We've seen the town develop significantly over the past few years and it's now home to many successful businesses. We are very proud to be involved in these Awards."

Bob Stanley, Leader of Wealden District Council, added: "We'd like to lend our support to these Awards. We want to work with businesses and invite local companies to engage with the Council. There are some amazing businesses in Wealden. Let's fly the flag for those enterprises."

Neil Edwards, Managing Director of The Marketing Eye, explained how the Awards are being marketed - through social media (the Awards have a Twitter name and Facebook page), a dedicated website, e-shots and adverts on Uckfield FM.

"The sponsors should see themselves as ambassadors for the Awards - spreading the word and encouraging businesses to enter," Neil explained.

 For more information about the Uckfield Business Awards,visit: www.uckfieldbusinessawards.co.uk

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