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Holiday firm Hoseasons leads the way at the Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:48 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 17 November 2017

Sponsors and winners celebrating their success at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards. Picture: Ferini Media.

Sponsors and winners celebrating their success at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards. Picture: Ferini Media.

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Individual and business-wide achievements have been recognised at an awards ceremony celebrating the best firms in Lowestoft and Waveney.

More than 200 guests from businesses in the area enjoyed the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards, at Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad earlier this week.

The event culminated with Lowestoft-based Hoseasons winning both the Community Pride Award and Business of the Year 2017.

Simon Altham, managing director of Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK, the parent company of Hoseasons, said: “It’s always a great achievement for the team to win awards, but recognition locally means so much to everyone in the Hoseasons business.” John Bidwell of High Lodge Leisure near Darsham, was given the Lifetime Achievement award, for his successful leisure business and sporting achievements.

Jules Shorrock, chairman of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney said: “Our awards allow us to come together to celebrate and recognise the entrepreneurship and excellence within our county and in particular here in Lowestoft and Waveney.”

The award winners were as follows:

■Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award: Amy Berwick, Home Group

■Business of the Year Award: Hoseasons

■Business Person of the Year Award: Neil Barrett, Oven Blitzer

■Commitment to Skills and People Development Award: Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

■Community Pride Award: Hoseasons

■Enterprise in Education Award: Ormiston Denes Academy

■Excellence in Customer Service Award (one to 10 employees): Coes Menswear, Lowestoft

■Excellence in Customer Service Award (11+ employees): ASAP Supplies

■Family Business of the Year Award: Total Balance Wellbeing Centre

■Growing Business Award: Marine Teak

■Local Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

■Most Promising New Business Award: Rem67Medex

■Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award: John Bidwell, High Lodge Leisure

■Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Rosie Kefford, Rosie’s Hair, Beauty and Make-Up Studio

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