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Companies nominated for business awards

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

COMPANIES of all sizes are being recognised in the inaugural Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The chamber's chief officer, Linda Thornton, has been delighted with the response from businesses all over the Waveney area.

COMPANIES of all sizes are being recognised in the inaugural Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The chamber's chief officer, Linda Thornton, has been delighted with the response from businesses all over the Waveney area.

“These awards reflect the expertise and skills that businesses in our area possess and I am sure that those winning awards will see them as something to be proud of,” she said.

Two companies among those being nominated are Fern Communications Ltd and Lings Honda.

Fern Communications, based on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, employs six people and manufactures and supplies two-way radios for sale or hire.

One of the company's successes is the newly-developed portable radio repeater, the FRX, which was produced and designed for use in potentially explosive areas such as oil rigs, refineries and power stations.

Managing director Jennifer Fern said the company employs Lowestoft people with strong engineering and customer support skills as “customer service and technical support are the key to our success.”

A much larger company also nominated in the awards is Lings Honda.

The company, in Riverside Road, Lowestoft is part of the Lings group and specialises in the complete range of Honda products from cars and motorcycles to lawnmowers and generators.

Over a 10-week period this summer Lings sold one in every 20 Honda lawnmowers registered throughout the UK.

Marine engines and outboards have also been a key feature of the company's success this year helped by the return of the Honda Formula 4 Stroke Powerboat racing.

“This gave an ideal springboard to show Lings diversity in Lowestoft to local people, holidaymakers and day-trippers alike,” said power equipment manager Piers Fletcher.

The awards in the wide range of categories are being presented in a ceremony being held at the Wherry Hotel, Oulton Broad, on November 20.

Tickets for the event are available from the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce costing £30 plus VAT each.

Details are available from www.waveneychamber.co.uk

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