Best of the Best East Sussex Business Awards
Thursday 13th October at 7pm

Best4Biz Conference
Friday 14th October from 9am

In its third year, the Best4Biz Conference is a collaboration between East Sussex County Council and local business via ACES, the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex. This year we will consider the future of work with some terrific keynote speakers and entrepreneurial East Sussex business people.

Expect to meet 300 business leaders and policy makers from across Sussex and pick up some stimulating ideas about the future and how it will affect your business.

Keynote Speakers

Rupert Clubb
Director of Economy and Transport East Sussex County Council

A chartered civil engineer Rupert Clubb has been involved in a number of major projects, including the first PFI for coastal defences at Pevensey Bay and a key role in delivering the Bexhill / Hastings link road.

Rupert will speak about developing strong links with the business community and ESCC plans for the future of business in East Sussex. Delegates from 2015 will recognise him from his position as lead of the successful “Question Time” style panel we held last year.

Allister Frost
Former Head of Digital Marketing for Microsoft

Now working with companies from Sony to mining company Anglo-American, Allister examines not just how the digital world operates now, but how it will operate in a few years time. In an age where Twitter and Facebook have become world-conquering businesses in just a few years, he seeks to explain how businesses can keep up, and avoid falling for the hype.

Alex Storey
Head of SME Partnerships Google

Alex will share how Google works as a team and how they help SMEs grow and develop across the globe. Having worked at Google since 2011, Alex has experience at a senior level in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the UK.

Conference Agenda

Coffee & Registration
Welcome from Rupert Clubb, Director of Economy and Transport
East Sussex County Council
Allister Frost, world renowned conference speaker and former Head of Digital Marketing at Microsoft
“Question Time” style panel hosted by Rupert Clubb, with Malcolm Diamond MBE, Alister Frost, Alex Storey, Caroline Ansell MP, Nus Ghani MP and Huw Merriman MP

Lunch and B2B Exhibition

Break out sessions (choose one from):
Google Garage
Social Media – So what if it goes wrong?
The fastest ways to grow your business
The latest council plans for your area

Alex Storey Head of SME Partnerships Google


Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office:

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.