Shaun Lowthorpe, Business editor
Friday, November 9, 2012
Businesses from across Norfolk celebrated in style last night as the winners of the EDP Business Awards were unveiled.
Best New Business - Gnaw Chocolate
Business Development - Digital Phone Company
Customer Care - Economy Car Hire
Food and Farming Excellence - Cranswick Country Foods
Community Impact - Rosedale Funeral Homes
Environment & Sustainability - Foster Property Maintenance
Director of the Year - Rob Tarrant
International Enterprise - St Peter’s Brewery
Online Performance - Adnams
One to Watch - Intelligent Fingerprinting
Hosted by BBC Look East’s Stewart White, the new-look awards ceremony enjoyed a Big Top Circus theme, with acrobats and magicians wowing the crowds before the winning firms were unveiled.
Now in its 24th year, the event, held at the Lancaster Suite at the Holiday Inn Norwich, saw 30 companies vying to win the 10 award categories from International Enterprise to Best New Business, while there was also a new EDP Future 50 One to Watch Category.
While the event culminated in the announcement of the Business of the Year – the winner of winners category which saw Stalham-based Sands Agricultural Machinery (SAM) win the coveted honour after being shortlisted alongside Busseys and Brandbank.
The evening also paid tribute to the work of Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson, who received the Denise Anderson Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution both to the Norfolk economy and for his dedication and commitment to the cultural fabric of Norfolk.
EDP editor Nigel Pickover told the audience that the awards were a celebration of the very best companies across our region.
“My colleagues and I at the EDP are delighted to support and honour the world of business in this part of the world,” he said.
“We devote thousands of pages, online and in print, and the time of many to tell great stories about your businesses… ones which create jobs, wealth and prosperity across our great region.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this region has the potential to become Britain’s next powerhouse regional economy… as the country tiptoes out of recession. That crusade should be our drive and ambition!” He added: “Yes we know that times have been tough but it is our job, collectively and collaboratively, to seek out the prosperous future that is just around the corner.”
See next Wednesday’s EDP Business for full coverage of the awards.