Town celebrates best in local business

HAVERHILL'S business community turned out in force to celebrate its achievements and crown Mansol Preforms Ltd overall winner of the CB9 Awards 2008.The event, organised by Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a glittering black tie affair held at Chilford Hall, Linton, near Cambridge, and was attended by more than 250 business people and sponsors.

HAVERHILL'S business community turned out in force to celebrate its achievements and crown Mansol Preforms Ltd overall winner of the CB9 Awards 2008.

The event, organised by Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a glittering black tie affair held at Chilford Hall, Linton, near Cambridge, and was attended by more than 250 business people and sponsors.

Awards were made in 11 categories, with the Judges Awards for Business of the Year being chosen from among the winners.

Chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Paul Dunno said that after the initial awards in 2005 the chamber was delighted when St Edmondsbury Borough Council regarded the business awards as worthy of the CB9 branding, which was created to encompass the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit of Haverhill.


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“Haverhill is home to a diverse range of businesses, many with worldwide acclaim,” he said. “The awards initiative provides a forum for the local business community to recognise and celebrate the enormous amount of talent, expertise and enterprise that exists within these organisations.

“By highlighting and rewarding the business excellence and innovation found in our environs, we hope to inspire and encourage further achievement.”

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Mansol Preforms, the overall winner, is one of Europe's largest and most experienced manufacturers of sintered glass products. The judges said they were impressed by its recent international growth, its long term commitment to the region, reflected in recent investment, and its high staff retention rate.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Simon Hazledine, best selling author of business titles including The Inner Winner and Bare Knuckle Selling. The full results were as follows:

Judges' Award for Business of the Year (sponsored by Tesco): Winner - Mansol Preforms Ltd; Highly Commended - Wicked Wheels.

Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by Days Inn Hotel): Winner - Wicked Wheels; Highly Commended - Buzzy Beadz.

New Business Award (sponsored by MENTA): Winner - Essential Shops Ltd.

Retailer of the Year (sponsored by: M+M Leisure): Winner - Arevolution.

Environmental Awareness Award (sponsored by Grampian Foods): Winner - Herbert Retail Ltd.

Employer of the Year Award (sponsored by Sigma Genosys): Winner - Days Inn Hotel.

Best Use of Technology Award (sponsored by Genzyme Ltd): Winner - Essential Shops Ltd.

Customer Care and Service Award (sponsored by Printwise (Haverhill) Ltd): Winner - Key Education Services Ltd; Highly Commended - Tiny Toes Childcare Ltd.

Marketing Strategy of the Year Award (sponsored by West Suffolk College): Winner - Ardex UK Ltd.

Export Achievement Award (sponsored by IFF): Winner - Mansol Preforms Ltd.

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Haverhill Business Park): Winner - Vulcan Service & Supply Co Ltd.

Large Business of the Year (sponsored by NatWest Bank): Winner - International Flavours & Fragrances.

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