West Norfolk businesses are the winners in annual awards

King's Lynn Town Hall venue for the annual Mayor's Awards

The best of West Norfolk business was on display at King's Lynn Town Hall on Friday night for the annual Mayor's Business Awards presentation dinner.

Twelve finalists all demonstrated significant achievements over the last year and impressed the judges with their efforts.

West Norfolk Mayor Colin Sampson, said: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the business awards. Being a judge has allowed me behind the scenes of many local businesses and what has impressed me the most is the enthusiasm, optimism and confidence that they have all shown and which is so important in these economically challenging times.

'It is a competition and there can only be one winner in each category, but each of our finalists can be proud of their achievements and can be sure that their contribution to the West Norfolk economy is recognised and appreciated.'

Council leader Nick Daubney, told the audience: 'Working closely with local businesses is the key and that is why we are undertaking a top-to-toe review of all council activities to ensure that we adopt a 'business first' attitude. Our focus will be on attracting investment into the area, supporting existing businesses and encouraging business start-ups.

'Since my father established these awards in 1989, the economic climate has changed dramatically, but one thing remains constant - opportunities still exist and, as we have seen tonight, good businesses do succeed. I would personally like to congratulate all of our finalists on their achievements.'

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Cooper Roller Bearings, of South Lynn, won Manufacturing Business of the Year:

'We're very pleased to have the Mayor's Business Award. It validates all the work that everyone at the plant has put in to make the business successful. It also recognises the investment that the company has put in to employee development and training and to plant and equipment to keep the business bang up to date and retain its position as leader in its field.' said Pat Smith, site director

JD Cooling Systems, of North Lynn, was awarded Service Business of the Year:

'We are really proud to receive this award and I would like to say thank you to our team as it really was all down to a team effort.' said managing director John Dye

Coastal Veterinary Group, of Snettisham, won Young Business of the Year:

'Winning this award is just fabulous really. It's recognition for all the hard work that my wife, the other nurses, my family and I have put in,' said principal partner Chris Tansley.