Recognising the best independent and environmental firms in the Bury Free Press Business Awards

The Bury Free Press Business Awards 2012: Paul Ross, Jessica Darnell and Lucy Newell with the Bury Free Press' Richard Parkinson.
The Bury Free Press Business Awards 2012: Paul Ross, Jessica Darnell and Lucy Newell with the Bury Free Press' Richard Parkinson.
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It is time to get nominating in our Bury Free Press business awards and help us recognise the very best in local enterprise.

The black tie event takes place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on September 20.

This week we are looking at two more of the awards – starting with the green/ environmental award – sponsored by Easton-Oatley College.

Angela Carter, vice principal, said: “We are sponsoring the award as it fits in with our overall approach to working with agriculture, horticulture, landbased and other businesses.

“We always want to see a renewable energy approach whether it is in food processing and production, recycling – in fact all areas of any business should actively adopt an environmental approach to every aspect of their work.

“We feel having a focus on the need to maintain and sustain, and the need to generate energy, is really important.

“We are looking for new ways to ensure resources are not wasted or used in an inappropriate manner.

“We will be looking for businesses who have shown sustainability as a long term process - both in the past and through to the future - and who can show it is part and parcel of how they operate their business from the top to the bottom.”

Meanwhile the Bury Free Press is sponsoring the Independent Trader award.

Last year it was won by The Coffee House run by Jessica Darnell and Lucy Newell in Lawson Place, Moreton Hall.

“We felt really proud of the fact that we managed to set up a business at the height of a recession,” said Jessica.

“We had an influx of visitors after the award. It was overwhelming and we are very thankful for it.”

We will run a list of finalists for the independent award on August 9 and ask you to text vote for your winner. The vote will close on August 16.

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press said: “Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our town. For a long time, Bury has prided itself on its strong vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, market stalls and other businesses.

“It brings shoppers to our town, and long may that continue.

“This award will recognise the best of our wonderful independents – whether it is for their fantastic friendly customer service, or their clever or unique ideas that help drive their business.

“Ultimately it will be down to our readers to decide who wins so we hope come August 9 you will get texting for your winner.”