Top honours for Sunsquare, East of England Co-op, Scarlett & Mustard and Suffolk Canine Creche at EADT Business Awards
PUBLISHED: 23:04 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:36 08 July 2016
West Suffolk skylight and rooflight specialist Sunsquare has claimed the top honour at the 2016 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards.
This is the 19th year the EADT has staged the awards, and the fifth year in a row they have been supported by EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as joint main sponsors.
Bury St Edmunds-based Sunsquare won the Medium Business category, which was sponsored by Alan Boswell Group and open to businesses with annual turnover of between £1m and £5m, and then beat off competition from the evening’s other category winners to claim the overall Business of the Year title.
Mark Lambert, sales director of Sunsquare, said: “Just to be nominated in the medium business category was a huge honour for us. There was a real buzz when we heard we had been nominated, we never expected to win that category so to win the business of the year award will have anyone beaming with pride.”
Second place overall went to the East of England Co-op, which operates across Norfolk, Suffolk and north Essex, which won the award for Environment & Sustainability, sponsored by Adnams.
And in third place was sauces and dressings manufacturer Scarlett & Mustard, from Earl Soham, near Framlingham, the winner of the Small Business category for firms with turnover of up to £1m, which was sponsored by PicassoHR.
The Large Business award, sponsored by Scrutton Bland and open to companies with turnover of more than £5m, went to clinical services provider IPRS Group, based at Little Blakenham, near Ipswich, and the Family Business category, sponsored by Birketts, was won by The Cake Shop Bakery from Woodbridge.
Dog care provider Suffolk Canine Creche, from Martlesham, near Wood-bridge, was a double winner, picking up both the Customer Care award, sponsored by Abellio Greater Anglia, and the Future50 One to Watch title, sponsored by Nwes.
The Corporate Social Responsibility category, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, was won by Ipswich pensions company Suffolk Life and the Raising the Bar award, recognising contributions to raising educational attainment and aspiration, jointly sponsored by Suffolk County Council and the EADT, went to The Kinetic Science Foundation, based in Bury.
In the the Food & Farming Excellence category, sponsored by Suffolk Agricultural Association, whose Trinity Park centre in Ipswich was again the venue for the awards, pride of place went to Eye-based abattoir and butchery business C&K Meats.
Last night’s ceremony also included two individual awards. Martyn Jackson, chief executive of IPRS Group, won the Director of the Year category, sponsored by Barclays, and Kelly-Anne Byres of Ipswich-based healthcare staff agency Poppy Nursing Services, picked up the Young Business Person award, jointly sponsored by Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College.
This year’s award for Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by University Campus Suffolk, which is made at the discretion of the judges to an individual or organisation which has made an exceptional contribution to the region’s economy and the wider community, went to Paul Winter, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society.
Guest speaker at last night’s event was Karen Hester, operations director at Southwold-based Adnams.
For further details of this year’s winners, finalists and sponsors, visit the Business Awards website. Full picture coverage of tonight’s ceremony will appear in a special 20-page supplement within the EADT on Tuesday.