Sid Valley Business Awards - why hospitality is so important

Morris Lettings director Robert Morris

Morris Lettings director Robert Morris - Credit: Archant

The Sid Valley Business Awards 2018 is a chance for your business to claim a spot in the limelight.

The Sid Valley Business Awards 2018

The Sid Valley Business Awards 2018 - Credit: Archant

Each week, two sponsors will be setting out why they chose to support the awards, and the difference they can make.

Morris Lettings is sponsoring the hotels, guest houses and B&Bs category.

Director Robert Morris said: “As the owner of a small business I am aware of the importance of publicity in the local area and the importance of promoting all the good things about Sidmouth and the East Devon area.

“I chose to sponsor the hospitality section as these businesses are sometimes the first port of call for anyone who comes to the town as a holidaymaker, which makes them often the portal by which newcomers judge the area.

Sidmouth Print's Hayley Otway, Kyle Baker and Tracey Millar. Photo by KB Photography

Sidmouth Print's Hayley Otway, Kyle Baker and Tracey Millar. Photo by KB Photography - Credit: Archant

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“We are very lucky to have the range of accommodation that we have here – we would not have the footfall of visitors if there was nowhere for them to stay.”

Sidmouth Print is sponsoring the tea rooms, coffee shops and tourist stops category.

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Owner Tracey Millar said: “As commercial printers and graphic designers we have the privilege to work with a diverse range of businesses in the town. Sponsoring one of the categories gives us the chance to show our appreciation of the business the town brings to us.

“Hospitality, whether to our visitors or as a valuable part of the local community, gives Sidmouth that unique feel which is why so many of us choose to live here and brings people back to the area time and time again.”

To enter your business, collect an application form from Paragon Books, Potbury’s Funeral Service or Sidmouth Print in Sidmouth or The Rising Sun in Sidford.

A panel of judges will decide the winner in each of the nine categories and an overall winner from all 27 finalists – decided by a public poll – will be named ‘Sid Valley Business of the Year’.

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 20.

The three finalists in each of the nine categories will be announced in the Herald on Friday, November 17, and be allocated two tickets apiece to the awards ceremony at the Victoria Hotel on Saturday, January 6.

For more information visit, look for SVBA2018 on Facebook or email

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