Public encouraged to embrace the Uckfield Business Awards

Uckfield residents, as well as people who visit the town to use its shops and services, are being encouraged to nominate their favourite businesses by nominating them in the Uckfield Business Awards 2012. Nomination forms are now available in the Civic Centre and at a number of banks and retailers on the High Street and are very simple to complete.

Nominations which have already been received praise companies for ‘thinking outside the box', providing ‘great quality' and going that ‘extra mile'.

"The nominations we've received are really encouraging and show that there are plenty of businesses in our town offering really excellent products and services," says Adrian Corbin from Scientifica, who is organising the awards alongside The Marketing Eye. The Awards are supported by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and a range of sponsors, including the main sponsor, Parker Building Supplies.

These are the Awards which can be voted for by members of the public: Retailer of the Year, Best Hotel/Restaurant/Pub, Young Employee of the Year, Tradesperson of the Year, Customer Service Award, Contribution to the Community Award, and Best Dressed Window.

In total, there are 15 Awards, including nine which companies can put themselves forward for, such as Environmentally Sustainable Business and Best New Business.

Entries into the Customer Service Award include PipeDreams and Tressler Coachwork, among others.

"The Awards are a great way to get the town fired up," says Julie Hobbs from PipeDreams - which sells snow, surf and skate gear in Uckfield High Street. "Although customer service is something we take very seriously already, completing the awards process has given us the opportunity to really focus on how we do it."

Adds Andrew McGuckin from Tressler Coachwork: "Everything we do is focused on customer satisfaction and trying to make the process as painless and smooth for our customers as possible. We make a really big effort to keep people informed about how long their car will be with us and whether there might be any delays getting parts, for example. If customers have questions, we try to answer them. The Awards are a great idea. We've entered ourselves and many of our customers are also supporting us, which is fantastic."

The closing date for entries is September 7 and the Awards ceremony is taking place on November 1 at the East Sussex National.

"We would urge as many companies as possible to enter the Awards - as well as nominating suppliers and local clients," says Neil Edwards from The Marketing Eye.


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