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February 9 2015.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Seahaven Business Awards. Categories include Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Best Environmental Business of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Retailer and the President’s Award which this year will be for the Best New Business (under 2 year’s old).

The Seahaven Business Awards recognise businesses which have shown tremendous commitment, innovation, success, commitment to staff and businesses which take pride in being part of the community and which drive to succeed in the current economic climate.

Newhaven Chamber President Annie Lorys explains: "After the success of last year’s event, this year we will be moving to a new venue for the Awards Dinner at the Jerrom Hall in Peacehaven, so that we can accommodate more guests. Also, we are delighted to announce that we have six fabulous new trophies, designed and made by Newhaven Chamber member, goldsmith Mike Shorer. Each trophy weighs 4 kg and is made from solid aircraft grade alloy, anodised gold and then hand engraved and hand enamelled."
There are six awards for companies and individuals who either work in, or are based in and around the BN9, BN25, or BN10 postcode areas. Businesses can even nominate themselves in one or more of the categories, or nominate any other business. Companies and individuals can be entered into more than one category. Entry is free. The judging panel will include Norman Baker, the Mayor of Newhaven and the Presidents of the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce.

Closing date for nominations is Friday the 10th of April 2015; just nine weeks to go, and the winners will be announced at the Chamber President's Gala Dinner on Friday the 8th of May 2015  in the presence of His Excellency, Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK and Ireland and other dignitaries.

The Seahaven Business Awards are organised by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce. This year’s main sponsors are Wave Leisure, Sustrans, Newhaven Town Council, Veolia and Seahaven FM.

Wave Leisure is sponsoring this event for the third year running, Sustrans for the second year running and Newhaven Town Council, Veolia and Seahaven FM for the first time.

The new trophies are being sponsored by Swindells Chartered Accountants, HM Bookkeeping, Sustrans, The Sussex Sign Company, Excell Design and The Co-operative Funeralcare.

For more information go to www, where you can download a nomination form or vote on-line. You can also ring the Chamber office on 01273 517544.

Pictured: Newhaven Chamber President Annie Lorys and trophy designer and maker Mike Shorer with the unique trophies.