Below is the nomination criteria for the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2018. Click on ‘Read More’ to find further details of each category.
Event of the Year
This might be a festival, music or theatre highlight or a much-loved fixture on the rural calendar.
Food and Drink Product of the Year
Celebrating the best home-grown or home-produced products from the county, whether that is a literal cottage industry selling to its surrounding area, or a major UK brand created in Sussex.
Best Green Company
Sponsored by Green People
Environmentally friendly thinking has been a big part of the business scene in the past three decades, but we’re looking for the companies that put their money where their mouth is. Everything they do is designed to preserve our county and make the world a better place.
Services to the Community
This award is for people who give back to where they live. It can be awarded to individuals or groups for charity fundraising, community facilities or notfor-profit organisations.
Spa of the Year
Given today’s modern busy lifestyles it’s important to have a space where visitors can let their hair down, relax and recharge. Whether it’s a small high street beauty parlour or a large complex out in the Sussex countryside we want to hear about the best.
Farm shop of the year
Any chef will tell you the importance of fresh ingredients in their dishes, and it doesn’t come
fresher than from a farm shop. This award celebrates those with the great customer service and offering
a carefully considered range of Sussex produce.
Sussex Life hero
This award is for the person who has made a tangible difference to Sussex – through their life, their charity work or volunteering. Previous winners have included crime novelist and charity supporter Peter James, Kathy Gore of Friends of Sussex Hospices and cardiologist Douglas Chamberlain.
Outstanding Customer Service
A good waiter or waitress can make the difference between a good meal and a great one. Similarly a welcoming pub landlord or landlady can add a sense of occasion, a concierge can transform a hotel visit and an attentive and knowledgeable assistant can turn shopping into a fascinating experience.
Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sponsored by Seaford College
We are looking for the place where visitors are guaranteed a good day out, somewhere which shows Sussex at its best, but is also good value and in tune with the local environment.
Best Sussex Pub
Times have been hard for the pub industry over the years with the closure of rural drinking spots and
the rise of big chains. We want to celebrate those pubs boasting a unique character, which provide a heart to a community as well as a bar stocked with the county’s best brews.
High Street Hero
These are the stalwart town and village shops which have gone the extra mile to help their local community and provide an unbeatable service.
Restaurant of the Year
It’s not just about the food –although obviously that is important for a restaurant. We’re looking for venues with the most welcoming staff, most interesting focus and warmest atmosphere which
champion Sussex produce.
Hotel of the Year
Sponsored by Total Laundry
Judges are looking for those hotels which provide a warm welcome, luxury accommodation and excellent facilities, from restaurants and bars to swimming pools and gyms.
Local Tea / Coffee shop
In the past two decades the tea and coffee shop has increased its importance as the place to catch up on what’s happening locally and to work. This award is about those businesses which offer not just a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, but also the best in Sussex produce and the finest coffee