Sidmouth Chamber Of Commerce

Working for local business

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, in association with Sidmouth Herald

sid-valley-business-awards 2018

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Entry Deadline

Friday 17th November 2017

Finalists Announced

Saturday 6th January 2017

Awards Night At The Victoria Hotel

Potbury’s Funeral Service won the award for Professional Service of the Year in 2015. The award helped draw attention to good work of a team of people who strive to serve the bereaved at one of the most stressful times of their lives and make sure the whole funeral process is performed correctly and appropriately for each occasion yet do so with total discretion. So it was particularly satisfying to the team at Potbury’s to get that pat on the back from the local community. That’s why I agreed to organise the 2018 Sid Valley Business Awards.

‘When you walk around Sidmouth it is easy to take a lot of the shops and businesses for granted, and of course the businesses that service those companies; suppliers, cleaners, trade services, accountants etc., but they are all the lifeblood of the town.

Sidmouth is a resort town and the quality of the hotels, guest houses, B&Bs is crucial to attract holiday makers, but also is the shopping experience at both large stores and small shops, not to mention all the fabulous pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, tea rooms and places to go.

All these businesses are staffed by a tremendous workforce of Sidmouth people who no doubt deserve a spot of the limelight. So many of these folk go to work day-in day-out all year round without complaint and mostly unnoticed, that’s worth celebrating and what the Business Awards are all about.’

I very much hope that the 2018 Business Awards will embrace the whole business community and make the most of a genuine opportunity to recognise and celebrate what an excellent job the people who work in the Valley do.

So I am asking the judges not to look for the ‘Best’ in the category, but look to those who deserve a moment ‘In the Spotlight’.

Andy Downham

To have the opportunity to put your business

In The Spotlight

Simply send your company application pack to us at:

S.V.B.A. c/o Sidmouth Post Office, 138 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8EE

Please include:

  • • A description of your business.
  • • An explanation about the work you do.
  • • You may include up to 3 items of appraisal, thank you letters, testimonials etc. (Include a stamped addressed envelope if you would like these to be returned)
  • • Contact details (Please fill out the Application Form)
  • • What do you think will appeal to the judges?
  • • What category you wish to enter.

A team of judges will review every application and select 3 finalists from each category. Finalists will be announced on Friday 17th November.

All Finalists will be entered into the Public Choice Award to be crowned "Sid Valley Business of the year". The public vote will take place between the 17th November and 5th January.

Finalists will also enjoy:

  • • Publicity in the Sidmouth Herald
  • • An allocation of 2 x £40 tickets to attend the Awards
  • • A wall plaque for display

The Award Presentations will take place at The Victoria Hotel on Saturday 6th January 2018. The Black Tie 3 course dinner will be enjoyed before The Award presentation, followed by a celebration party with music provided by local band Sky Lizard.

Which of the 9 categories will you enter?

Retail - Store

Company with 5 or more employees

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Hotels, Guest Houses & B&B's (Accommodation)

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Retail - Shop

Company with less than 5 employees

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Health, Beauty, Leisure & Sport

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Sole Trader

Self employed (No more than 1 employee)

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Pubs, Restaurants and Bars

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Tea Rooms, Coffee Shops and Tourist Stops

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Professional Service

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Trade Service

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Sid Valley Business of the Year

All Finalists entered and winner voted by the public.

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To find out more about this years sponsors, click here.

It's not about being the best, it's about deserving a spot of the limelight!

Download the application form here.