Search

Revealed: All the winners from the glittering Norfolk Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 00:01 22 November 2019 | UPDATED: 23:43 22 November 2019

Angling Direct receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

Angling Direct receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

Simon Finlay Photography

The best of Norfolk business has been celebrated at the county's premier awards ceremony.

Eastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyEastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

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 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

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 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

The award winners were:

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- The Customer Care award sponsored by Greater Anglia: Holkham

Sarah Probert singing at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographySarah Probert singing at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- The Tech Innovator award sponsored by Computer Service Centre: Solder

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Small and Medium Business award sponsored by Archant: Indigo Swan

David Parfrey, executive chair of Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP,  introducing the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyDavid Parfrey, executive chair of Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP, introducing the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Large Business award sponsored by City College Norwich: East Anglian Air Ambulance

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Knowledge Pioneer award sponsored by the University of East Anglia: Cornwall Insight

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Breaking Boundaries award sponsored by Lovewell Blake: Leaf Expression Systems.

Angling Direct receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards from David Parfrey, executive chair of Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyAngling Direct receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 EDP Business Awards from David Parfrey, executive chair of Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Investing in Future Growth award sponsored by Lovell: Richardsons Leisure

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Best employer award sponsored by Pure and Birketts: MHA Larking Gowen

Eastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyEastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Director of the Year sponsored by Dipples: Carole Osborne of bourne.

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

- Business of the Year sponsored by Barclays: Richardsons Leisure

The 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

The awards were hosted by television and film star James Nesbitt, who entertained guests after dinner before revealing the winners.

Eastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay PhotographyEastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt speaking at the 2019 EDP Business Awards. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography

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.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists