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Awards ceremony highlights outstanding achievements of businesses across Waveney

PUBLISHED: 12:45 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 15 November 2017

Sponsors and winners celebrating their success at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards. Picture: Ferini Media.

Sponsors and winners celebrating their success at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards. Picture: Ferini Media.

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The outstanding individual and group achievements of businesses across Waveney were celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.

Adam Noble of Pleasurewood Hills being presented the Commitment to Skills and Staff Development Award by John McNamara of Sizewell C. Picture: Ferini Media. Adam Noble of Pleasurewood Hills being presented the Commitment to Skills and Staff Development Award by John McNamara of Sizewell C. Picture: Ferini Media.

Fourteen awards were presented at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney Business Awards, at a glittering ceremony at the Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad on Friday night.

The event saw 200 local business representatives and special guests enjoying a three course meal with entertainment from soul vocalist Douglas Brown of Quirk Bespoke Events, before compere Chris Bailey started the ceremony.

John Bidwell of High Lodge Leisure near Darsham, was given the Lifetime Achievement award, for his successful leisure business and sporting achievements. Neil Barrett of Lowestoft-based Oven Blitzer scooped the prestigious Business Person of the Year, and the event culminated with Lowestoft-based Hoseasons winning both the Community Pride Award and Business of the Year 2017.

Michael Strand of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust being presented the Local Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award by Waveney District Council's Frank Mortimer and Michael Ladd. Picture: Ferini Media. Michael Strand of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust being presented the Local Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award by Waveney District Council's Frank Mortimer and Michael Ladd. Picture: Ferini Media.

Simon Altham from Hoseasons said: “It’s always a great achievement for the team to win awards, but recognition locally means so much to everyone in the Hoseasons business. We are extremely proud of our Suffolk heritage and work hard to reflect that in the active role we play in the local community, whether that’s through our CSR work with local schools, colleges and charitable organisations, or in the pathways into employment we provide through our training and apprenticeship programmes.

“We are incredibly grateful to the judges and to the Suffolk and Waveney Chamber for this double honour and look forward to another successful year in 2018 working with local businesses, schools and colleges across the region.”

The awards night is now in its 10th year, and other awards handed out included Apprentice of the Year and Family Business of the Year.

Matt Smith and Kim Wregg of Hoseasons being presented the Community Pride Award by Ian Gregory of Waveney Norse (centre). Picture: Ferini Media. Matt Smith and Kim Wregg of Hoseasons being presented the Community Pride Award by Ian Gregory of Waveney Norse (centre). Picture: Ferini Media.

Jules Shorrock, chairman of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney said: “Our awards allow us to come together to celebrate and recognise the entrepreneurism and excellence within our county and in particular here in Lowestoft and Waveney, as well as enabling businesses in our region to show their support for each other by sponsoring awards.

“It is truly magnificent to see our business awards celebrating its 10th year, with so many businesses showcasing their skills, talent and success. We thank all businesses that have taken part and congratulations to everyone and we look forward to a prosperous 2018.”

Award winners

Carole Budgen and Tony Bown of Ormiston Denes Academy being presented the Enterprise in Education Award by Adam Noble of Pleasurewood Hills (centre). Picture: Ferini Media. Carole Budgen and Tony Bown of Ormiston Denes Academy being presented the Enterprise in Education Award by Adam Noble of Pleasurewood Hills (centre). Picture: Ferini Media.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

Amy Berwick, Home Group

Business of the Year Award

Claire Smith of Marine Teak being presented the Growing Business Award by Robert Beare of Associated British Ports, Lowestoft. Picture: Ferini Media. Claire Smith of Marine Teak being presented the Growing Business Award by Robert Beare of Associated British Ports, Lowestoft. Picture: Ferini Media.

Hoseasons

Business Person of the Year Award

Neil Barrett, Oven Blitzer

Adrian Cole of Rem67Medex (centre) being presented the Most Promising New Business Award by Tina Ellis MBE and Keith Monaghan of East Coast College. Picture: Ferini Media. Adrian Cole of Rem67Medex (centre) being presented the Most Promising New Business Award by Tina Ellis MBE and Keith Monaghan of East Coast College. Picture: Ferini Media.

Commitment to Skills and People Development Award

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park

Community Pride Award

Sarah Reynolds (centre) of Coes Menswear, Lowestoft, being presented the Excellence in Customer Service 1 to 10 Employees Award by Amie Mullen and Ann-Marie Doggett of Lowestoft Vision. Picture: Ferini Media. Sarah Reynolds (centre) of Coes Menswear, Lowestoft, being presented the Excellence in Customer Service 1 to 10 Employees Award by Amie Mullen and Ann-Marie Doggett of Lowestoft Vision. Picture: Ferini Media.

Hoseasons

Enterprise in Education Award

Ormiston Denes Academy

Matthew Earles and Gary Aldred being presented the Excellence in Customer Service 11+ Employees Award by Julie Jackson and Jackie Holland of Essex and Suffolk Water. Picture: Ferini Media. Matthew Earles and Gary Aldred being presented the Excellence in Customer Service 11+ Employees Award by Julie Jackson and Jackie Holland of Essex and Suffolk Water. Picture: Ferini Media.

Excellence in Customer Service Award (one to 10 employees)

Coes Menswear, Lowestoft

Excellence in Customer Service Award (11+ employees)

Mark Pollard of Total Balance Wellbeing Centre being presented the Family Business of the Year Award by Melanie Wright and Andrew Turner of Lovewell Blake. Picture: Ferini Media. Mark Pollard of Total Balance Wellbeing Centre being presented the Family Business of the Year Award by Melanie Wright and Andrew Turner of Lovewell Blake. Picture: Ferini Media.

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Family Business of the Year Award

Total Balance Wellbeing Centre

Amy Berwick of Home Group being presented the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award by Waveney MP Peter Aldous. Picture: Ferini Media. Amy Berwick of Home Group being presented the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award by Waveney MP Peter Aldous. Picture: Ferini Media.

Growing Business Award

Marine Teak

Local Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award

Rosie Kefford of Rosie’s Hair, Beauty and Make-Up Studios being presented with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Keith Parton and Adrian Parton of Ivy House Country Hotel. Picture: Ferini Media. Rosie Kefford of Rosie’s Hair, Beauty and Make-Up Studios being presented with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Keith Parton and Adrian Parton of Ivy House Country Hotel. Picture: Ferini Media.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Most Promising New Business Award

Rem67Medex

Neil Barrett of Oven Blitzer being presented the Business Person of the Year Award by Phil Aves of Lowestoft Rising. Picture: Ferini Media. Neil Barrett of Oven Blitzer being presented the Business Person of the Year Award by Phil Aves of Lowestoft Rising. Picture: Ferini Media.

Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognised: John Bidwell, High Lodge Leisure

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Matt Smith and Kim Wregg of Hoseasons being presented the Business of the Year Award by Jules Shorrock, chairman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney and Graham Abbey, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Picture: Ferini Media. Matt Smith and Kim Wregg of Hoseasons being presented the Business of the Year Award by Jules Shorrock, chairman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney and Graham Abbey, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Picture: Ferini Media.

Winner: Rosie Kefford, Rosie’s Hair, Beauty and Make-Up Studio

John Bidwell of High Lodge Leisure being presented the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award by Geoff Maddison of Archant. Picture: Ferini Media. John Bidwell of High Lodge Leisure being presented the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award by Geoff Maddison of Archant. Picture: Ferini Media.

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