Barry Peters: Awards will celebrate the best of Bury St Edmunds business

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I’ve long been fascinated by the range of businesses we have in Bury St Edmunds. It’s what makes our town unique.

In retail terms, sitting next to the large, national chain stores come the smaller independent traders – and it’s this mix of styles and prices which makes Bury a very special trading post.

Beyond retail, there are the huge concerns – the likes of our district and county councils, West Suffolk Hospital, Greene King, British Sugar, Sealey’s and Denny Bros. Each has a unique ‘offer’ and each offers employment which keeps our town thriving.

Now the Bury Free Press is going to showcase all of this in one place – the inaugural Bury Free Press Business Awards.

The awards will be unveiled in depth in next week’s bumper business section, but I wanted to give you a flavour of what’s in store.

Last year’s Bury St Edmunds Business Festival showed me what expertise and raw enthusiasm there is for business across all sectors in West Suffolk. From the one-man-band and new start-ups to established players, Bury has it all – and we want to celebrate that.

The September business festival is taking place again this year and it promises to be bigger and better than last year, kicking off with Menta’s event at Ickworth’s West Wing on September 11.

This year’s festival will culminate with our own glittering business awards at The Apex on September 21 – a black tie event which will place our business leaders at the very top of the news agenda.

I’m looking forward to the awards immensely and would invite you to keep an eye on the Bury Free Press in the next few weeks as we introduce you further to what will be a celebration of all that’s great in local business.

It’s true what they say about great customer service – and I always remember where I’ve been served well.

So this week, an extra special thank you to the fishmonger and butchery section at Sainsbury on Moreton Hall; The Coffee House, in Lawson Place; the Saturday town market and Halfords’ bike repair desk. I saw each of you on a very busy weekend – and you were each a credit to the town.

Barry Peters is editor of the Bury Free Press

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