Revealed: All the winners from the glittering Norfolk Business Awards
PUBLISHED: 00:01 22 November 2019 | UPDATED: 23:43 22 November 2019
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The best of Norfolk business has been celebrated at the county's premier awards ceremony.
The Norfolk Business Awards, organised by the Eastern Daily Press, were presented at the Norfolk Showground Arena on Thursday evening and Angling Direct - Britain's biggest specialist fishing retailer - landed the Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by the Norwich Research Park.
The company - founded in Wroxham in 1986 - won the award in recognition of a period of sustained growth which has seen it register a like-for-like sales spike of 13pc and a total of 31 stores across the UK.
The award winners were:
- The Customer Care award sponsored by Greater Anglia: Holkham
- The Tech Innovator award sponsored by Computer Service Centre: Solder
- Small and Medium Business award sponsored by Archant: Indigo Swan
- Large Business award sponsored by City College Norwich: East Anglian Air Ambulance
- Knowledge Pioneer award sponsored by the University of East Anglia: Cornwall Insight
- Breaking Boundaries award sponsored by Lovewell Blake: Leaf Expression Systems.
- Investing in Future Growth award sponsored by Lovell: Richardsons Leisure
- Best employer award sponsored by Pure and Birketts: MHA Larking Gowen
- Director of the Year sponsored by Dipples: Carole Osborne of bourne.
- Business of the Year sponsored by Barclays: Richardsons Leisure
The awards were hosted by television and film star James Nesbitt, who entertained guests after dinner before revealing the winners.
In total, 11 awards were handed out to the cream of Norfolk's business community in front of more than 500 guests.
Guests were welcomed by Richard Porritt, the EDP's business editor, who focussed on the theme of the 2019 awards which was 'changing lives' and also urged Norfolk's business community to shout louder about its successes.
"We are living through a time of political turmoil," he said. "A period that has made simply existing in business very tough. So the fact that you are all here and are bravely innovating, experimenting and ultimately succeeding is something we really must shout about.
"A lot of your businesses have changed and that can be very painful. But it also offers opportunity. It offers a chance for growth and progress.
"And being adaptable is something we will all have to embrace in the coming months and years as we begin to fully understand the impact and opportunities of leaving the EU.
"It is time to sling your modesty in the bin Norfolk - it is time to flex our muscles and scream about the incredible opportunities in the East and the awe-inspiring work we are doing right here, right now. We need to fight for that investment, fight for the chance to do even better than we already are."
Money was also raised by guests for the nominated charity for 2019, Norfolk cancer charity Big C. A special winners supplement will be printed in next Wednesday's EDP.