Suffolk: EADT Future50 2013 is open for entries

Archant Anglia managing director Johnny Hustler with Kevin Horne of NWES, Brian Floringer of Lovewe

Archant Anglia managing director Johnny Hustler with Kevin Horne of NWES, Brian Floringer of Lovewell Blake and Mark Gipson of Birketts at last year's Future50 graduation event

The East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Future50 for 2013 is now open for entries

The Suffolk Future50 was first launched last year, identifying 50 up-and-coming businesses from around the county with exceptional growth potential.

Besides publishing print and online listings of the selected businesses, the EADT and its partners have hosted a number of networking events for the Suffolk Future50 firms and supported the creation of an online community using social media.

This year’s partner organisations, all continuing their support for the Suffolk Future50 for a second year, are business support organisation NWES, chartered accountants Lovewell Blake and law firm Birketts.

The panel of judges will be chaired by Kevin Horne, chief executive of NWES, and will also include representatives from Lovewell Blake, Birketts and media company Archant, whose titles include the EADT.

They will be looking for businesses around Suffolk that either have a proven track record of growth, with the prospect of more to come, or that can demonstrate the potential to achieve significant growth in the future, in their respective markets.

In particular, they will be looking for start–up businesses that have boldly stepped forward at a time when others have exercised caution and for businesses with the potential to help make the vision of East Anglia being the country’s number one growth area for business a reality.

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Existing members of the Suffolk Future50 and those wishing to join the list are invited to apply for consideration by completing an online application process at www.suffolk-future50.co.uk .

As well as celebrating achievement, the Future50 is about bringing together the people who will go on to inspire a whole generation of young people to follow in their footsteps, and go on to create wealth, jobs and a reputation for our region.

Members of the Suffolk Future50 will again be connected through a dedicated Future50 Linkedin group, enabling them to share and discuss ideas of common interest and concern.

There will also again be a series of networking events, giving Suffolk Future50 firms the opportunity to meet with like-minded people and receive input from leading business advisers.

And the EADT will also continue to track the success stories of Suffolk Future50 member businesses through its daily, weekly and monthly business sections.

EADT editor Terry Hunt said: “We are starting to see, what we hope are the early signs of recovery and now, more than ever, we need entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses with a big appetite for success to drive the economy forward.

“With small and medium-sized firms constituting a huge proportion of the Suffolk economy, our aim is that, by identifying businesses with the potential to make a difference to the county’s economy, the EADT Suffolk Future50 can help to turn that potential into reality by creating a new entrepreneurial community.”

Although only in its second year, the Suffolk Future50 is building on the success of the Norfolk Future50 which has been run by the EADT’s sister, title the Eastern Daily Press, since 2009. NWES, Lovewell Blake and Birketts are also again supporting the Norfolk Future50 this year.