By Sarah Chambers
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A FAMILY electrical store chain started in Lowestoft was crowned Business of the Year at a district Chamber event.
Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards took place Zest Rooms at Potters Leisure Resort, at Hopton, near Lowestoft, last week.
More than 190 business delegates attended the evening which saw the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ Accolade sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce go to Hughes Electrical which was founded in 1921 by Frank Hughes.
The winners were: Potters Business & Pleasure Excellence in Customer Service Award - Code Hair Consultants; Hales Group Business Person of the Year Award - Graham Hacon of 3Sun; The Lovewell Blake LLP Business Start Up Award - CycleRecycle; Peter Aldous Business Investment Award - Pleasurewood Hills; The Essex & Suffolk Water Social Enterprise & Charity Award - St Johns Housing Trust; UKTI International Trade Award - Sackers Recycling; University Campus Suffolk Greenest Business Award – Marybelle; Amey Community Impact Award - Lovewell Blake LLP; Waveney District Council & Waveney Business Forum Product Innovation Award – Scour Prevention; Britten Centre & LTMP Local Retailer of the Year Award - Hughes Electrical; Lowestoft Local Links Family Business of the Year Award - Palmers Department Store; Citrus Security Shredding Best Environmental School / College - Denes High School; Citrus Security Shredding Young Environmentalist Award - Joshua Sturman of Pakefield High School.
The Mayor of Lowestoft also recognised three local businessmen with Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Awards – Gary Bennett of Gary Bennett Driving School, Martin Halliday of the Marina Theatre and John Pawsey of Waveney Gymnastics Centre.