Marco Pierre White’s Chequers at Maresfield is to sponsor and host the launch of the first-ever Uckfield Business Awards later this month.
The mayor of Uckfield, chairman of Wealden District Council and chairman of East Sussex County Council are among those who have already accepted invitations to the event.
Wealden MP Charles Hendry has a prior commitment in London that evening but has sent a message of support.
Other guests at the launch, on Tuesday, February 28, will include sponsors and council officers working to promote economic development in Wealden and East Sussex.
The awards will be open to all businesses in the Uckfield area covering the post code districts of TN22 and BN8.
They are being organised by an Uckfield Chamber of Commerce committee chaired by Adrian Corbin who first suggested the idea of business awards at a Chamber meeting last summer.
A website is due to go live shortly and will include more detail about the categories and online entry forms.
Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, November 1, at the East Sussex National Hotel.
Mr Corbin said: “Categories have been chosen so that there is something for every business, both large and small, to enter. Awards range from best new business to customer service and contribution to community.
“We hope businesses will tell us about their achievements and take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Uckfield Business Awards to promote their activity.
“We are very grateful to sponsors who are making it possible for us to organise this campaign.”
Wealden MP Charles Hendry said: “I am delighted that Uckfield businesses are being recognised with the launch of these awards. Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and those in Uckfield have constantly worked to stay ahead of the game during these difficult economic times.
“Uckfield is an excellent and thriving place to do business and our local companies continue to make the town an attractive and interesting place for visitors.
“Their dedication has resulted in Wealden having very high levels of employment and I am delighted to see their hard work recognised in these awards.”
Mr Hendry added: “They are all winners – and so is the town as a result of their hard work and commitment.”