BFP business awards will be festival finale

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THE first ever Bury Free Press Business Awards are taking place in September at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

The event, on Friday September 21, will have ten award categories including Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Business Innovation and Best Start-Up.

The awards ceremony, the culmination of the Bury Business Festival, aims to celebrate business in the local area and give a chance to new companies to get in the spotlight.

Peter Hoxley, Advertisement Director of Anglia Newspapers - the parent company of the Bury Free Press - said that the news of the awards has been very well received by the business community.

He said: “It is clear to me having spoken to many of the key businesses and organisations in the area that the business awards are going to be well supported.

“The awards will provide a platform for local businesses to celebrate their success and will culminate in a gala evening at the Apex where the awards will be presented.

“Following the success of the first business festival last year we decided that the Bury Free Press Business Awards would fit perfectly in to this year’s festival that takes place over 11 days from 11th September and will end with this special awards night.”

Alex Till, CEO at MENTA, said: “The best way to grow the local economy is for local businesses to be successful and give each other support and trade.

“Supporting local businesses is tremendously important, not only to Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk but to each local business and entrepreneur.

“The whole Bury Business Festival is about telling the people of Suffolk about these businesses and helping them to understand what resources are available locally.

“Our aim is we make sure that we support our local economy and at least encourage people to look at choosing local before going further afield.”

Full details of the event and how to be nominated will be printed in the Bury Free Press later in the year in the run up to the awards.

Some of the awards have already gained sponsorship from some of the most important and influencial businesses in the area.

These include WS Training, Denny Bros, Bid4Bury, West Suffolk College, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the Suffolk Chamber and the Mid Anglian Enterprise Agency MENTA.

For further details about the awards and sponsorship you can contact Peter Hoxley at the Bury Free Press on 01284 768911.