Bury Free Press Business Awards night recognises West Suffolk’s top companies

All the winners of the BFP business award 2013.
All the winners of the BFP business award 2013.
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The very best in business across West Suffolk was celebrated last night at a stellar awards ceremony.

Almost 300 dignitaries, business leaders and owners packed into The Apex to see RC Treatt named Business of the Year at the second Bury Free Press Business Awards.

Apprentice of the year Louise Bee

Apprentice of the year Louise Bee

The awards ceremony brought an end to the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival in fitting style.

Guests were welcomed by Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters before St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader John Griffiths and town MP David Ruffley spoke of the challenges being faced by business locally - and how determination, skill and enterprise was helping Bury to lead the charge out of recession.

This year’s special guest was veteran BBC broadcaster Nicholas Owen, who spoke of the importance of maintaining a ‘free’ press in his keynote speech.

Daryn Reffell, of Denny Bros, walked off with the Business Person of the Year award while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to WS Training boss and Menta chairman Jane Vincent.

The Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award went to Louise Bee, while The Coffee House lifted the award for Contribution to the Community.

Dance and Party Crazy were awarded the BID Customer Service award while David Burr Estate Agents walked off with the award for Best Marketing.

Croasdales Chemist won the most votes through the Bury Free Press and lifted the award for Independent Retailer of the Year.

Lilypads Day Nursery won the award for Best New Start-up while the Green/Environmental Award went to Groundwork Suffolk.

For a full set of winners and those highly commended, see Friday’s picture special in the Bury Free Press.