West Suffolk business leaders gathered last night to see Treatt Plc’s Daemmon Reeve crowned Business Person of the Year in the third Bury Free Press Business Awards.
In a glitzy awards night at The Apex, TV presenter Penny Smith handed out the top awards in 11 categories.
Almost 300 people enjoyed the culmination of the West Suffolk Business Festival and heard St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader John Griffiths talk of the huge successes which have been earned by businesses in West Suffolk.
Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters praised the spirit of innovation he said was evident across the area, with scores of great business stories passing across his desk every week.
Among the other highlights were CXG Group lifting the coveted Business of the Year title, just pipping Havebury Housing to the top slot. Havebury was highly commended by judges.
Moreton Hall’s Fix-A-Form - a truly global company under the stewardship of Andrew Denny - took the award for International Trade. Mr Denny dedicated the award to his father who had innovated with the idea for the company and who had died two years ago to the day.
The Denny success continued with the Best New Start-up Award which was lifted by Maglia Rosso, a cafe/specialist cycling spot in Hawstead.
Newmarket Racecourses’ Amy Starkey was on hand to receive the popular venue’s first award for Best Marketing.
Jackie Cook, from Marks&Spencer won the Unsung Hero award while Prezzo’s Kevin Wilcox was chosen to receive the award for Customer Service
via the BID. Members of the BID will be voting in the next month on whether the improvement district group will get another five-year term.
Tuddenham Mill chef Lee Bye arrived with just minutes to spare to lift the award for Employee of the Year while Gatehouse, in Bury, took the award for Contribution to the Community.
Lawshall’s Green Light Trust was honoured as the winner of the Green/Environmental Award.
Elsewhere, Munton’s employee Lewis Cocksedge lifted the award for Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. The judges also awarded Michelle Manning, of RehabWorks, a Highly Commended award.
Pictures to follow on here today - and there will be a four-page special in next week’s Bury Free Press.