All ready for the big night

The line-up of finalists has been announced for the 2009 Anglian Business Awards, organised by the EADT and sponsored by Choose Suffolk, which take place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Thursday.

DESPTE the challenging economic climate, this year's Anglian Business Awards attracted a total of more than 100 entries, giving judges across the 15 categories a difficult task.

But the waiting is nearly over, with the winners due to be announced at a black tie gala ceremony at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Thursday this week.

The awards are being held by the East Anglian Daily Times for the 12th time, and are being supported this year by Choose Suffolk as main sponsor.

Thursday's ceremony will be hosted by entertainer Graham Jolley and TV weather presenter Becky Mantin, with the climax of the evening being the presentation of the Business of the Year award, also sponsored by Choose Suffolk.

The overall winner will be chosen from among the winners of the 15 award categories, finalists in which are detailed below.

EADT business editor Duncan Brodie said: “We have been very impressed with the quality of this year's entries and thank everyone who took the time to get involved and help us celebrate why it is still good to be in business here in East Anglia and pay tribute to the outstanding businesses we have in the region.

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“We are also grateful to all our sponsors and judges who have worked with the East Anglian Daily Times to make the Anglian Business Awards such an important date in the local business calendar. Our aim has always been to seek out the best and celebrate their achievements in the hope that it will inspire others to create businesses and contribute to the region's broad economy and continued prosperity.”

The full line-up of finalists is:

Start-up Business of the Year

sponsored by Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association and the Federation for Small Businesses

@work recruitment, Ipswich

Kingsland Linassi, Felixstowe

Lily Pins, Bishops Stortford

Small Business of the Year

sponsored by NatWest

Bruizer, Bentwaters Park, near Woodbridge

Icon Consultants Ltd, Ipswich

The Johns Practice, Newmarket

Medium to Large Business of the Year

sponsored by Prettys

Christies Care, Saxmundham

Gipping Homes, Baylham, near Ipswich

Ipswich Building Society, Ipswich

Innovation and Technology

sponsored by University Campus Suffolk

CallScripter, Ipswich

Eventricity, Ipswich

Omega Ingredients, Great Blakenham, near Ipswich

Outstanding Customer Service

sponsored by BusinessEast

Mackman Ltd, Sudbury

React Computer Partnership, Woodbridge

The Hearing Care Centre, Ipswich

Young Business Person of the Year

sponsored by Picasso HR

Simon Doidge of Passion Automotive, Great Yarmouth

Simon Stockdale of Pandala Communications, Stowmarket

Michelle Wootton of Basepoint Business Centre, Ipswich

Training and Development

sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council

Christies Care, Saxmundham

The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

The Hearing Care Centre, Ipswich

International Trade

sponsored by the Haven Gateway Partnership

Essex Chambers of Commerce, Colchester

Eventricity, Ipswich

Morrison Freight, Great Blakenham, near Ipswich

Rural Business

sponsored by the Suffolk Agricultural Association

Bunting and Sons, Little Horkesley, near Colchester

Otley College, Otley, near Ipswich

Ultimate Care, Stutton, near Ipswich


sponsored by Trebuchet

Basepoint Business Centre, Ipswich

Eventricity, Ipswich

The Johns Practice, Newmarket

Not-for-Profit Business of the Year

sponsored by Leo-Print

East Anglian Air Ambulance, Norwich

East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Ipswich

Red Rose Chain, Ipswich

Entrepreneur of the Year

sponsored by Picasso HR

Joanne Searle of East Suffolk Mind, Hintlesham, near Ipswich

Craig Sennett of Icon Consultants Ltd, Ipswich

Jenny Twigg of Lily Pins, Bishops Stortford


sponsored by EDF Energy Networks

Bunting & Sons of Little Horkesley, near Colchester

Green Light Trust, Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds

The Crown Hotel, Southwold

Community Involvement

sponsored by Adnams plc

CPW Computing, Needham Market

Otley College, Otley, near Ipswich

Willis, Ipswich

Year of Skills

sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Feathers4Hair, Colchester

Milsom Hotels, Dedham, near Colchester

The Hearing Care Centre, Ipswich