As sponsors of the two top Bury Free Press Business awards, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and IT consultants Sicon are looking for trailblazing talent.
Sicon, which was established in Bury St Edmunds in 1996 by Richard and Jane Youngman, is supporting the Business Person of the Year category for the third year running while the Chamber is backing Business of the Year.
Jane remembers the tough decision of choosing a winner last year.
She said: “All three finalists were Bury St Edmunds based and were all winners in their own right, with Jane Vincent and David Marjoram just being piped to the post by Darren Reffell (Denny Brothers).
“When we caught up with Darren at (this year’s) launch he was still smiling and explained ‘I still smile every time I think of the moment you read out my name as being the winner - I still can’t believe I was chosen and it was a great honour’.”
The award will be presented to the person who has made a significant personal contribution to drive their business forward in the past 12 months.
The category offers the opportunity for a business person to highlight their skills and ability either as a business owner or employee. Individuals may enter themselves for this category or be nominated by someone else.
Jane added: “When speaking with several of the candidates last year they said ‘we were not sure whether to submit a nomination as there would be lots of entries’.
“So for anyone reading this, who work with, or know of someone who they believe are worthy of, and for those who have the confidence in themselves and believe they have what it takes then put yourself forward.
“It is for us, and will be for them a great experience so what have you got to loose.”
The Business of the Year award will go to the business that can demonstrate the best overall achievements in the past 12 months.
The award will recognise the best companies within a 25 mile radius of Bury St Edmunds with over £500,000 turnover.
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “The economy of Suffolk is one of the few across the country that is a positive contributor to UK plc,
“That means as a county we put more in than we take out and the reason for this is the hard working entrepreneurial spirit of businesses across the county.
“Bury St Edmunds is home to many of them and the exciting and thriving economy in the town should be recognised and celebrated and that is why these awards are so important.
“As a Chamber we are sponsoring the Business of the Year category once again because together with our members we recognise the great value that entrants bring to life across the whole of Bury St Edmunds and the county of Suffolk,
“Our annual campaign in 2014 is that Business is Good for Suffolk and these awards are a key part of that.”
A full list of categories, their criteria and nomination forms are available at bit.ly/bfpawards
Send postal entries to Mark Stanford, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1HL.
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