Suffolk: EADT Future50 launch shines spotlight on growth potential

John Balch of Scour Prevention Systems, Andrew Wilson of NWES, Terry Hunt and Duncan Brodie of Archa

John Balch of Scour Prevention Systems, Andrew Wilson of NWES, Terry Hunt and Duncan Brodie of Archant Suffolk, Mark Gipson of Birketts and Murray Graham of Lovewell Blake, at the launch of the EADT's 2013 Suffolk Future50 at UCS. - Credit: Lucy Taylo

Suffolk’s most promising up-and-coming businesses were celebrated today at the launch of the EADT’s 2013 Future50.

The listing, now in its second year, identifies independent firms which have been assessed by a panel of judges as having exceptional potential to drive the the county’s economic recovery through business growth and job creation.

Today’s event, held at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich, was hosted by EADT business editor Duncan Brodie, with the speakers also including Andrew Wilson, head of enterprise services at business support agency NWES, which is lead partner for the Future50.

Guest speaker at the event was John Balch, executive chairman of Lowestoft-based Scour Prevention Systems, which is among the businesses to have retained their place in the Future50 for a second year.

The company was also the winner of the One to Watch category, sponsoed by NWES and open exclusively to Future50 companies, in this year’s EADT Business Awards.

Mr Balch said the company’s inclusion in the Future50 and its success in winning the One to Watch award had helped it raise its profile in the offshore sector at an important stage in its development, including a new round of funding.

Also at the breakfast-time launch event, to which all 2013 Future50 businesses were invited, were representatives from the EADT’s other Future50 partners, accountants Lovewell Blake and law firm Birketts.

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