The Bury Free Press Business Awards are gearing up to be hottest ticket in the Suffolk business calendar after receiving a record number of entries.
The judges have now sifted through all the entries and we can reveal the finalists in each category.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, October 10, with broadcaster Penny Smith presenting.
Now in its third year, the awards bring the acclaimed Bury St Edmunds Business Festival to a close.
With 11 categories, it recognises the diverse business and entrepreneurial talent the area has to offer.
Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters said: “We’re thrilled with the record response to our awards and the range of talent put forward.
“With the economy
turning a corner, I’m delighted we’re able to recognise the shining examples in West Suffolk.”
Tickets to the black tie event, which will feature a drinks reception and four-course dinner in addition to the awards presentation, are still available at £55. Contact Mark Stanford on 01553 817354.
Apprentice / Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by WS Training:
Lewis Cocksedge (Muntons)
Andrew Burton (Hastings Direct)
Zoe Stonehouse (E. of England Local Government Assn.)
Contribution to the Community - Sponsored by New Media Business Group:
Gatehouse Charity (Bury St Edmunds Food Bank)
Ravenwood Children’s Trust
Employee of the Year - Sponsored by West Suffolk College:
Ryuichi Kawaguchi (EcoCooling Ltd)
Michelle Manning (RehabWorks)
Lee Bye (Tuddenham Mill)
Bid: Customer Service Award - Sponsored by ourburystedmunds:
Jackie Cook (M&S)
Carole Warner (The Regency Hotel)
Kevin Wilcox ( Prezzos)
Best Marketing Award - Sponsored by Denny Bros. Group:
Unsung Hero - Sponsored by Hastings Direct:
Alistair Thomson (Tesco, Newmarket)
Jackie Cook (M&S)
Peter Charrington (RehabWorks)
Best New Start-Up - Sponsored by MENTA:
Green / Environmental Award - Sponsored by Easton-Otley College:
Green Light Trust
Depden Farm Shop
The West Suffolk Award for International Trade - Sponsored by Forest Heath / St Edmundsbury Borough Council:
Business Person of the Year - Sponsored by Sicon:
Daemonn Reeve (Treatt PLC)
Robin Pilley (CXG Property Services)
Stewatt Green (Kall Kwik)
Business of the Year - Sponsored by Bury Chamber: