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33 of Lewes District’s biggest and best companies and business people have made the shortlist of 11 awards for this year’s Lewes District Business Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the winners will be announced at the Amex Stadium on Thursday 19th July, presented by comedian Simon Evans.

Companies appearing twice in the shortlist include Depot, Alistair Fleming Design, Lewes Football Club and SO Sussex.

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Cllr Andy Smith said: “The quality of entries for this year’s awards was unparalleled and I’m extremely proud that so many outstanding businesses reside in Lewes District.

“We had a fantastic number of entries from small companies to big businesses which made the judging process as challenging as ever. However, in the end, the judging panel were in agreement and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners at the award ceremony.”

Andrew Tucknott, New Business Development Manager at Tomsetts Distribution Ltd commented:"Tomsetts Distribution are delighted to have been shortlisted for Company of the Year, which is a great achievement for our family logistics company. We would like to thank our dedicated workforce for their energy, commitment and continued high standards of customer service which has contributed to our success over the last 40 plus years."

Geoff Stonebanks, Founder of Driftwood Garden East Sussex said: "How utterly amazing and totally rewarding to have my own private garden shortlisted for these awards alongside other great local venues! It has become a serious tourist trap for people from all over the globe after winning awards and receiving much hype on TripAdvisor."

Michael Kianfar, Managing Director of Foodhaven commented: "The Bake Out team is delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Independent Retailer. I know for sure that for many retailers it’s all about keeping customers happy and when there is great feedback for our effort it makes our day. Thank you from all of the Bake Out team to all involved in the awards and our lovely Lewes community."

The awards are organised by Lewes District Council and sponsored by Allied Irish Bank, Cheesmur Building Contractors, Veolia, Wave Leisure Trust, LEAP, Uniglobe Preferred Travel, Basepoint, RSE Group and Whitespace with Platinum Business Magazine and Viva Lewes as media partners. The awards are supported by Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce.

 An ideal opportunity to network with the who’s who of Lewes District, the award ceremony will be attended by 300 local businesses people on Thursday 19th July at the Amex Stadium with a sparkling drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner. 

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Best Customer Service - Sponsored by Basepoint

Cleankill Pest Control


Richard Soan Roofing Services


Best Green Business - Sponsored by Veolia


King's Academy Ringmer

Tiny Box Company


Food & Drink Destination of The Year - Sponsored by Whitespace

Downsview Dairy Produce Ltd



Best Independent Retailer - Sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine

Alexis Dove Jewellery

Alistair Fleming Design

Bake Out


Business in the Community - Sponsored by Wave Leisure Trust

Lewes Football Club

The Runaway



Employer of the Year - Sponsored by RSE Group

Fundraising Auctions

Lewes Football Club

Seahaven FM


Professional Services Award - Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

Alistair Fleming Design

Mayo Wynne Baxter

Oakley Property


Tourist Destination of the Year - Sponsored by Uniglobe Travel 

Branching Out Adventures


Driftwood Garden East Sussex 

Lewes Light Community Interest Company


Businessperson of the Year - Sponsored by Viva Lewes

Carmen Slijpen, Lewes Community Screen 

Richard Light, Fundraising Auctions

Victoria Young, Front Room


Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

The Beauty Rooms

Front Room 



Company of the Year - Sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors

Industrial Construction Sussex Ltd

Tomsetts Distribution Ltd

Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians

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