EDP Business Awards 2017 finalists – Small Business

PUBLISHED: 13:17 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 18 October 2017

Norwich, Norfolk. The EDP Business Awards at the Royal Norfolk Showground 2016. 


Norwich, Norfolk. The EDP Business Awards at the Royal Norfolk Showground 2016. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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We take a look at the finalists in the Small Business category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

Small Business, sponsored by Farnell Clarke

Marine Teak

Marine Teak was established in 2013 and has very quickly become the world’s largest marine teak table supplier. The company supplies marine teak tables for both general boat owners and many of the world’s boat manufacturers.

With more than 30 designs in various sizes Marine Teak can cater for every boat on the market. The company also specialises in bespoke tables for those times when something extra special is needed.

Neil Thompson Boats

The team of eight at Neil Thompson Boats is led by husband-and-wife Neil and Richenda. It was boats obsessive Neil who set up the boatyard 18 years ago. The business has grown organically and recently moved from Glandford to Wells as part of a planned expansion.

The company builds the unique Norfolk Range sailing boats and the yard also acts as a specialist service centre for these, and other types of vessels, including the commercial sector, along the north Norfolk coast.

The business thrives due to the strong relationships it builds with its customers and within the local community. This, coupled with the dedication and attention to detail shown by each employee, means that Neil Thompson Boats will continue to be a beacon of success for the Norfolk marine and leisure industry.

Nu Image

Nu Image is a small creative digital agency based in Witton, on the outskirts of Norwich. It has just celebrated 10 years in business and has enjoyed considerable growth in the past two years, relocating to larger premises and taking the team from four to nine.

Aside from graphic design and branding, Nu Image builds websites and specialises in search engine optimisation. It is proud to work with leading Norfolk businesses and local authorities, and breakthrough developments in the marine industry have led Nu Image to work with numerous international boat manufacturers and brokers.

Nu Image hopes to continue to support the growth of local and national businesses, introduce more young people to the creative industry and remain advocates for increasing the awareness of the digital industries in Norfolk.

What the judges said

Having identified an opportunity in the market for boating furniture Marine Teak has grown sustainably and rapidly since 2013, sourcing and managing overseas suppliers while centering the operations for global distribution from Oulton Broad. Two years of research, development and home based operations have now progressed into a 5,300sq ft premises, housing the stock, sales and distribution.

Neil Thompson Boats has grown from a sub-contracting engineer set up in 2000 to developing and building the Norfolk Range of boats, a modern fibre glass representation of the traditional boating range. As a trailblazer to the concept of crowd-funding, the company bought out the moulds, rights and brokerage offering for the range by leveraging customer relationships.

Nu Image has developed into more than a marketing and design agency, offering the full suite of digital requirements to clients, from content fulfilment to graphic design – and delivering great results for their clients while growing successfully for the local environment.

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