Gallery: All the winners of this year’s Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards
Care providers, green innovators and charity champions were among the many deserving winners of awards recognising enterprise and public spirit.
Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards
Encouraging Tourism Award, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Winner: Best of Suffolk. Runners up: Woodbridge Tide Mill & Framlingham Business Association. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Winner: Brafe Engineering. Runners up: Notcutts and Revetts. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The People Development Award, sponsored by EDF Energy. Winner: Christies Care. Runners up: Sizewell and Leiston Karate Club and Derek and Ray at Wickham Market Library. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Enabling Communities Award. Winner: East Anglian Sailing Trust. Runners up: Easton Bowls Club, Framlingham Tennis Club, Waldringfield Flood Defence Group and Fresh Aspirations Forum. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Community Safety Award, sponsored by Adnams. Winner: Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service. Runner up: Felixstowe Nightsafe and Stirling Askew. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Team of the Year, sponsored by Suffolk Sport. Winner: Home-Start Suffolk Coastal. Runners up: Kesgrave Parkrun and Felixstowe Hockey Club. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Services to the Community Award, sponsored by Park Properties. Individual winner: James Lightfoot. Runners up: Choose Woodbridge and Maggie Lusher. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Services to the Community Award, sponsored by Park Properties. Group Winner: Level Two Youth Project. Runners up: Choose Woodbridge and Maggie Lusher. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Charity Champion Award, sponsored by EB Carpets, Felixstowe. Winner: Mandy Hearle Runners up: Woodbridge Shufflers and The Rotary Club of Woodbridge. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by Bruisyard Hall. Winner: Melton Day Nursery. Runners up: Best of Suffolk and Suffolk Secrets. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Great & Green Award, sponsored by The Hangar Kesgrave Hall. Winner: Midas Productions. Runners up: East Coast Carbon Efficiency and Bawdsey Village Market. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by the Local Strategic Partnership. Winner: Midas Productions. Runners up: Derek and Ray of Wickham Market Library and Bawdsey Village Market. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Independent Business of the Year, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Winner: R & S Hardware and Garden. Runner up: Anglia Factors and Deben Travel. Photo by Simon Ballard.
The Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Places for People. Winner: Sizewell and Leiston Karate Club Runners up: Kesgrave Parkrun and SwimSure Swim School. Photo by Simon Ballard.
Nominees for the Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards took an evening off their varied commitments to celebrate 18 months of success stories.
Judges had to whittle down more than 100 entries to find the eventual winners, announced during a black tie celebration at Kesgrave Hall. More than 40 businesses, groups and individuals were represented at this year’s event, hosted for the second time by comedian Steve Allen.
Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) chairman Bob Snell presented the first award, for significant contribution in business over the last 40 years. The new Chairman’s Award, marking the anniversary of SCDC, went to Brafe Engineering.
Mr Snell said: “The range of industries, interests and activities represented in the district is impressive by any standards.
“It is wholly appropriate that we share our successes and reward innovation, hard work and community spirit.”
A total of 13 awards were presented for categories including Customer Focus, Services to the Community, People and Development, Encouraging Tourism and Charity Champion. Winners received an engraved trophy, with all finalists getting a bottle of Adnams champagne and certificate.
TJ Haworth-Culf, SCDC’s head of customers, communities and leisure, said: “The breadth of entries shows how ingenious, committed and effective we can be at making improvements and creating opportunities within our community.”
Lin Barnes, director of People Development Award winner, Christies Care, said: “I’m so proud of the team and thrilled that their hard work has been recognised.”
Nicola Cannon, owner of Customer Focus Award winner, Melton Day Nursery, said: “I’m delighted for my team. They deserve this recognition for believing in and working hard to create an outstanding, engaging and nurturing nursery.”
Geoff Dreher, chairman of Enabling Communities Award winner, the East Anglian Sailing Trust, said: “To win this award will hopefully help more people to hear about us and encourage more to enjoy sailing with us.”
Charity Champion, Mandy Hearle, who spent 2014 carrying out daily challenge to raise £15,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in memory of Woodbridge medical student Poppy Harvey, said: “It’s not just me that has made this happen, the Harvey family have been with me all the way. We all won this award for Poppy and she would be delighted!”