Grant Thornton names the ‘faces of a vibrant economy’ in Norfolk

Karen Knight of NorseCare

Karen Knight of NorseCare - Credit: Archant

Leading business figures from the East of England have been featured on a national list of the 100 people recognised for making a contribution to the economic health of their region.

Rowan Gormley of Majestic Wine

Rowan Gormley of Majestic Wine - Credit: Archant

The list has been compiled by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton as part of its campaign to promote a vibrant economy focused on growth.

They include Karen Knight, executive director of NorseCare, Rowan Gormley, chief executive of Majestic Wine and formerly Naked Wines, and Tom Blofeld, chief executive of Bewilderwood, who have been recognised for their leadership, innovation and support for their communities.

Anders Rasmussen, partner at Grant Thornton's Norwich office, said that following the result of the referendum it was 'more important than ever' for organisations and individuals to work together.

'We hope that sharing their stories will inspire others and help us to unlock the true potential of the county,' he said.

Tom Blofeld on Bewilderwood

Tom Blofeld on Bewilderwood - Credit: Archant

'Some are inspiring leaders, empowering their employees to reach their full potential. Others are using innovation to help their local communities, and some have created businesses with a clear, social purpose.

'Instead of seeking out the challenges and focusing on the problems, we believe that by sharing inspiring examples from business, government and communities, we can look at how to replicate these across the UK for the good of the economy and the communities in which we live and serve.'

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The 100 people listed in Faces of a Vibrant Economy were judged against three criteria: inspiring leadership, innovation and problem-solving, and social purpose.

Cambridgeshire leaders on the list include Nicole Eagan of cyber-security specialists Darktrace, Eric Mayes of Endomag, which develops new cancer diagnosis techniques, and Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company and Martin Frost of Cambridge Medical Robotics.

In Essex, Pauline Tambling of youth training organisation Creative & Cultural Skills and Russell Quirk of online estate agency eMoov made the list.

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