Find out how you could be a winner in the 2017 EADT Business Awards

Sarah Howard of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Tom McGarry of EDF Energy presenting the Business of

Sarah Howard of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Tom McGarry of EDF Energy presenting the Business of the Year trophy to Mark Lambert of Sunsquare (centre) at the 2016 EADT Business Awards. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

The 2017 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards are now open for entries.

The winners gathered on stage at the end of last year's EADT Business Awards. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

The winners gathered on stage at the end of last year's EADT Business Awards. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

This year marks the 20th staging of the awards, with Trinity Park, Ipswich, the event’s home since 2006, again to be the venue for this year’s ceremony.

From just five categories when the awards were first held in 1998 – including the Small Business category, first launched as a stand-alone award three years earlier - the 2017 EADT Business Awards ceremony will involve the presentation of 15 accolades in all.

These include the overall Business of the Year title, again being supported by EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as joint main sponsors of the awards.

As in previous years, this is a “winner of winners” award, with the recipient being chosen from among the other category winners, and it is therefore not open to direct entries.

Former BBC Breatfast presenter Bill Turnbull will be guest speaker at the EADT Business Awards.

Former BBC Breatfast presenter Bill Turnbull will be guest speaker at the EADT Business Awards. - Credit: Archant


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The same applies to the Outstanding Achievement award, which is made at the discretion of the judges to recognise an organisation or individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the local or regional economy, and the wider community.

Entries are now invited for all the other categories, with businesses eligible to enter as many categories as they wish provided they meet the relevant criteria.

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There are also two categories for individuals, Director of the Year and Young Business Person. Nominations for these may be submitted by the individuals themselves, the companies for which they work or a third party, but anyone making a nomination is asked to secure the consent of the individual concerned.

New categories in this year’s awards include Social Inclusion, Knowledge Catalyst and The Youth Pledge.

Terry Baxter will again be hosting the EADT Business Awards ceremony this year.

Terry Baxter will again be hosting the EADT Business Awards ceremony this year.

Small Business (for firms with turnover of up to £1m), Medium Business (for those with turnover of £1m to £5m) and Large Business (turnover of more than £5m) all return this year, alongside awards for Community Involvement, Corporate Social Responsibility, Customer Care, Food and Farming Excellence and the One To Watch category for up-and coming businesses.

New sponsors supporting categories this year include Ashtons Legal, Business Coaching, the Canine Creche Group and Spring.

In addition to joint main sponsors EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, many category sponsors from previous years are also supporting the awards again this year, including Adnams, Greater Anglia, Norse, Suffolk County Council, Scrutton Bland, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Suffolk Agricultural Association, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College and the University of Suffolk.

The EADT is grateful for the support of all of this year’s sponsors, details of who can be found online at www.eadtbusinessawards.co.uk, together with details of the criteria for each category and how to enter.

Entries for the 2017 EADT Business Awards close on April 23, with the results to be announced at a black tie dinner event taking place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on July 6.

The ceremony will again be hosted this year by former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter, who is now chief executive of Inspire Suffolk and chairman of Ipswich Central, and the guest speaker will be Bill Turnbull, formerly a presenter on the BBC Breakfast programme for 15 years, who is now a resident of Suffolk.

We look forward to receiving your entries, and to celebrating all that is best in local and regional business.

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