Below is the nomination criteria for the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017. Click on ‘Read More’ to find further details of each category.

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Green company of the year

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Mid-Sussex

We all want to ensure that Sussex is looked after and preserved in all its glorious beauty for generations to come. This company is environmentally friendly, sustainable and evangelical about issues affecting our countryside.

Entertainment Venue of the Year

Sponsored by Pretty Eccentric

When entertainment is done properly, it can bring you memories that will last a lifetime. Do you know a place that is a cut above the rest? A place so brilliant that you can’t believe it’s on your doorstep? This could be music, theatre, comedy or in fact any form of entertainment.

Services to the Community

Sponsored by Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital

If your community has a person or group that does a huge amount for the place where you live or work, then why not shout about it and let them know how much you appreciate them? This person, company or organisation has local interests at heart and does a tremendous amount of good. Let us know who they are, whether it’s a local choir, a support group or a community interest company, if they improve the lives of people in the county, we want to hear about them.

Spa of the Year

Sponsored by Bang & Olufsen

With the frantic pace of the modern digital age sometimes we all need some me-time. This spa is the perfect place to do just that. A real haven with beautiful décor and a tranquil atmosphere, quality and professionalism of treatments are vital. Nominate your favourite spa so that we can spread the word about the fantastic service they offer.

Farm shop of the year

Sponsored by Great Walstead

Here, provenance and knowledge are key to good customer service. Whether they are selling meat from their rare breed herd, honey from their own hives or homemade cheese, the winner must exemplify the field to fork philosophy.

Sussex Life hero

Sponsored by Pressleys Jewellers

This category celebrates those who make a tangible difference to the lives of people here in Sussex. This will be someone active in local charities or voluntary service who deserves recognition for their endeavours.

Food and Drink Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Cuckfield Bathrooms

This could be a beverage, a sweet treat or even something like an app. Share your discovery with us and let us spread the word.

Festival of the year

Sponsored by Corner House

There are festivals here that celebrate food, music, fashion – pretty much anything, in fact. The festival of the year must be a fantastic addition to the local area, involving and celebrating local people, accessible to all and drives footfall and revenue into the county. No matter the size or the history, if this festival is a much-loved part of the Sussex social calendar, we want to know about it.

Outstanding Customer Service

Sponsored by Colliers

Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company in question. It could be a maitre’d, a hotelier, or a cashier at the local pet shop: if they always greet you with a smile and know exactly what you want before you do, vote for them in this category.

Sussex Visitor Attraction

Sponsored by Seaford College

We all know of at least one place in Sussex that we love to show off about to those unlucky enough to live elsewhere. We have dozens of iconic properties landmarks and attractions here, but which is the one that really stands out for you? This place might have an intriguing history, great customer service or great value for money. Nominate your favourite Sussex attraction so that more people can enjoy it!

Pub of the year

Sponsored by Covers

Does your favourite local serve Sussex ales and wine, host a great quiz night, support the local community and provide a haven for locals? If you know a pub with outstanding service and fantastic fare that really gives something back to the community, we want to hear about it.

High Street Hero

Sponsored by Martin Steels

With national companies dominating our high streets, local businesses have to offer something to stand out. We want to salute the people that make our high streets special. That could be a butcher, a bridal shop or a florist: if they treat customers like family, or their shop is a vital part of the local community, we want to recognise them.

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by FISH – Brighton & Newhaven Fish Sales

There are Michelin stars in Sussex – and perhaps for you this is what makes a fantastic restaurant, but don’t discount the local endeavour just around the corner that perhaps produces simple dishes but does them really well, has a great atmosphere and fantastic service. Does their menu shout local? Whether they’re big or small, give them your vote.

Hotelier of the Year

Sponsored by Rathfinny

The winner will have both passion and dedication for making sure their hotel runs smoothly, but that’s just the start. They take that extra step to provide a great service to customers and they know their local area like the back of their hand. Do you know a hotelier who lives and breathes the industry? Who makes their hotel the go-to place purely because of their outstanding attitude? Make sure that they get the recognition they deserve by nominating your favourite.

Best Family Dining

Sponsored by Nepcote Financial

Getting the generations together around one table can present its challenges. The best family dining winner will welcome young and old alike, be able to cope with all sorts of dietary requirements and quite literally have something for everyone.

Tea / Coffee shop of the Year

Sponsored by Total Laundry

We go to tea and coffee shops for the atmosphere, the service, the quality of the food and drink on offer, and of course the friendly faces that we see there. Do you know of a particularly brilliant one? Tell us all about it.

Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by The Paint Pot – Worthing

Our area is constantly evolving and moving with the times, with new businesses popping up on our high streets all the time. What’s new around you? A pub? A shop? A restaurant? If there’s something new and truly brilliant happening around you that launched less than 18 months ago, don’t keep it to yourself, give it the recognition it deserves.