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THE WINNERS of our first Bury Free Press business awards will be crowned at a ceremony on Friday.

Tickets are still available for the black tie event at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds – contact the Bury Free Press on 01284 768911.

Today we reveal the finalists.

Our readers nominated our shortlist for the best independent retailer award: The Coffee House, Gastrono-me and Croasdales Chemists.

The Business of the Year award finalists are SK Clinic and Spa, Sicon and Jacobs Allen.

Meanwhile, Karen Finch of the Hearing Care Centre, Matthew Moss of Ensors chartered accountants, and Simon Gray of Denny Bros Supplies, will be battling it out for the business person of the year award.

The best new start up award is being contested by Tim Freathy, of the Depden Farm Shop, Brett Robertson, of Grey Circle, and Jo Withers, of VTM Veratile Telemarketing.

Howard Nurseries, Abbeycroft Leisure and Denny Bros are the finalists for the green environmental award, while Howard Nurseries is also on the shortlist, alongside Bury Bootcamp, for the people development award.

The Self Centre, Workwise and Abbeycroft Leisure are all in line for the contribution to the community award.

Ashleigh Harrison, of Green Duck, Katie Reffell, of Denny Dros Supplies, and Jane Barber, of WS Training, make the finals for employee of the year.

The customer care award will go to Sue Kemp, from McDonalds, Simon Gray, of Denny Bros Supplies, or Deborah Gardner, of Vision Express.

And Century Logistics, Infusions4Chefs and WS Training are on the shortlist for the business innovation award.

Finally, the award for international trade will go to either Fix-A-Form International, Infusions4Chefs or RC Treatt.