Last month, V2 Radio announced it would be celebrating local businesses that have survived and thrived during lockdown with a ‘Hats off to Sussex businesses’ awards campaign.
Working with Growth Animals, an ethical marketing agency, V2 radio is continuing their crusade to champion Sussex-based businesses. Members of the public have submitted their nominations of local organisations whose positive actions have shone in the past year, and people are now invited to vote for the winner of each of the three categories.
We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the ‘Digging Deep’ category which was designed to shine a light on independent businesses who have “overcome adversity and pivoted their offering during the lockdown to adapt to the changing market conditions”.
Thank you to everyone who has nominated us so far…but we’re up against some strong competition so we now need your help to get the most votes!
Voting will close at midnight next Tuesday 8th of June with winners announced mid-June LIVE ON AIR!!!
The winning company from each category will receive a bespoke radio advert aired on V2 Radio, the consultation and digital marketing services of Growth Animals Marketing, and their own V2 Radio ‘Hats off to Sussex businesses’ trophy.
We would love such an accolade so please do vote for us by CLICKING HERE!
FULL LIST OF SHORTLISTED BUSINESSES:
Category 1 Shortlist: Digging deep
Independent businesses who have overcome adversity and pivoted their offering during the lockdown to adapt to the changing market conditions.
Throughout the pandemic, the brilliant Suzy at Dramatis worked hard reaching out to local adults and young people to run drama activities and play readings, quickly switching in person interactions to online. Dramatis have provided cheerful, lively and inspiring sessions during the bleak months when many people, of all ages, felt isolated and demoralised.
During lockdown, the amazing Sarah Jane, founder of Eden Hypnotherapy, took to social media to totally transform her holistic therapy business. Sarah Jane hosted sessions on Zoom, enabling people with mental health challenges to positively change their attitudes all around the world, which she continues to do now alongside her face to face work.
Nick Clark Children’s Magicians
Significantly impacted by Covid-19, the generous Nick quickly diversified offering online magic shows and discos, in exchange for a donation to charity. This meant that children, who found lockdown so difficult, could still enjoy being entertained, and many charities benefited, including Chestnut Tree House, Pacso and Trussel Trust Foodbank.
Pier Road Coffee and Art
The clever team at Pier Road Coffee and Art adapted the business so that artists, who like many were negatively impacted by the situation, still had a way to reach a wider audience to showcase and sell their work. The coffee shop pivoted to provide an excellent delivery service of afternoon tea and cakes and ran competitions to engage with the local community.
Despite no longer being able to sell from their usual local markets, T&T Fruits did not let the pandemic stop them. Embracing the situation, supporting all the local communities and those especially who could not get to supermarkets or get deliveries. Launching a website and advertising on social media, to offer an array of fresh produce delivered the next day.
Category 2 Shortlist: Reaching out
Organisations who have been outward-looking when the lockdown hit, who have, despite challenges, supported the community and gone above and beyond to help.
Apple Van Hire
Apple Van Hire has been open throughout the crisis, dedicated to those in need. Including helping desperate supermarkets to stock local stores, supporting NHS workers, and reuniting victims of domestic abuse with their families. Described as “a real gent”, the owner has given unconditionally, without a thought for his own safety and all with a smile.
The wonderful team at UKHarvest stepped up and delivered over 1 million meals to people in need, even without the usual volunteer support in the warehouse or as many drivers due to COVID restrictions. Dedicated to eliminating food poverty and waste through important education and the redistribution of quality surplus food, the team have worked tirelessly.
Angmering Village Greens
Throughout the pandemic, Nic and Nicole have delivered quality service and produce, going the extra mile ensuring their customers were able to easily access fresh fruit and veg. Nothing has been too much trouble and Nic has regularly kept in touch with customers, particularly those who were vulnerable, to ensure everyone had everything they needed.
Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital treats, rehabilitates and responsibly releases injured wildlife casualties and orphans in Sussex. Despite the pandemic and lockdown the team soldiered on, continuing to help as many animals as they could, whilst adhering to challenging lockdown restrictions.
Cathedral Wealth Management
Those at Cathedral Wealth Management used initiative and community spirit to reach out and help others during COVID times. From local medicine and food runs, to international aid to orphans in Africa, even more vulnerable because of the pandemic, the team worked hard to help as many people as possible, looking outwards and putting others first.
Crimsham Farm is a community farming project, spearheaded and run by Veterans of the Armed Forces and young adults with learning difficulties. With a great attitude to mental health, Crimsham Farm has been especially welcoming over the past year, supporting all children, but especially those with anxiety or those who have difficulty interacting socially.
The Lamb Inn
Despite having to close their business for much of the lockdown period, owners of The Lamb Inn, Brian and Elaine, organised donations for local hospital workers, a book and puzzle swap to raise funds for local charities and donating their food stocks to those in need. Volunteers at the lifeboat station, Brian and Elaine are renowned for their warmth and generosity.
Despite being in lockdown and not having the community of volunteers to support its work and funding, Tyler’s Trust never stopped reaching out to the families of ill children during the pandemic. It found ways to support them at a time when they needed it more than ever, with doorstep deliveries of gifts, treats, activities, food, cleaning supplies, the list goes on…
Owner Katy and her employees at Pinks Parlour have been described as an “amazing local asset.” In her Ice Cream shop, Katy consciously employs people from all parts of the local community and treats every customer with care and attention. Katy regularly supports local events and is always the first to help with fundraising and getting exposure for good causes.
Squire Model and Craft Tools
Squires went the extra mile for local schools throughout the pandemic. They kept key worker children busy with art and craft projects, dropping them straight to schools that needed them. Despite the shop being closed, the team often did local deliveries for free to keep elderly and vulnerable customers safe and occupied with craft projects during lockdown.
Category 3 Shortlist: Just did it
New businesses, formed in lockdown despite the unstable economic conditions and risk and have held their nerve and given it their all to make their business a success.
Even with the challenging economy, Chichester Flowers bravely opened up a brand new business in the middle of a lockdown, determined to make a success of their business to give local people a job when employment was hard to find. The florists proudly sell locally grown flowers and are determined to support the local economy to bounce back.
Springboard to Business
The launch of not-for-profit initiative Springboard to Business in 2020 has enabled the young entrepreneurial people of our community to get together and learn how to become the best business people they can be. The team had the courage to start this incredible young network and support service for those in their early careers wanting to start their business.
Tenacious business owner Rosie got the keys to her new business venture the day the second lockdown was announced. She worked relentlessly to reach customers via live shopping events, collaborating closely in partnerships with other businesses. `’Rosie hasn’t just survived lockdown as a new business, she has thrived, been creative and never gave up.`’
Mitchell’s Travel did their absolute best despite the circumstances, bravely setting up their new shop despite there being travel bans and restrictions. Going above and beyond helping their own customers rebook their holidays, keeping them informed with all the latest guidelines and even assisting those who did not book through them get their money back.
Copper Pan Fudge Company
The copper pan fudge company is a determined and fearless independent local business who, despite the pandemic, have managed to rework their business and even open up a shop in the most uncertain times. They are constantly innovating, offering new products and really getting to know what their community wants and needs, both online and locally.