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'The support we have received has been phenomenal': Joy for businesses at awards nomination

PUBLISHED: 10:31 09 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:31 09 September 2019

Ann-Marie Doggett, owner of Magnus PR  in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: Magnus PR

Ann-Marie Doggett, owner of Magnus PR in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the 'New Business of the Year' category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: Magnus PR

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Two neighbouring Lowestoft businesses are celebrating after being selected as finalists in a prestigious awards ceremony.

JOJO’s Kitchen and Bar, in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: JOJO’s Kitchen and BarJOJO’s Kitchen and Bar, in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: JOJO’s Kitchen and Bar

Local businesswoman Ann-marie Doggett, owner of Magnus PR, has been selected as one of three finalists in the 'New Business of the Year' category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards.

Also shortlisted in the same category is JOJO's Kitchen and Bar, with the awards ceremony to be held at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on October 3.

Magnus PR has just celebrated its first birthday as Lowestoft's PR, Marketing, Events and promotions agency.

In the first year of running her business, Ann-marie gained numerous high profile clients, including Riverside Entertainment Centre, First Light Festival, Tingdene Holiday Parks, Pleasurewood Hills, The Hog Hotel and others.

JOJO’s Kitchen and Bar, in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: JOJO’s Kitchen and BarJOJO’s Kitchen and Bar, in Lowestoft, has been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the East Suffolk Business and Community awards. Picture: JOJO’s Kitchen and Bar

Magnus also organised two incredibly popular events - a Peaky Blinders themed evening at The Wolf Inn and a Gin and Soul Cruise on the Waveney Princess - as well as being the food trader co-ordinator at the First Light Festival.

Ann-marie said: "I genuinely couldn't believe it when I opened the email congratulating me on being a finalist.

"I thought I wouldn't stand a chance; it's such a small business and there isn't a huge team of us, it's just myself promoting our area and creating memorable events.

"I am so happy and grateful to just be a finalist"

Also celebrating is business neighbour and friend Kelly Scoot, of JOJO's Kitchen and Bar.

Kelly said: "The team at JOJO's are super excited to be finalists for another award this year.

"It's a great honour to be recognised for all our hard work over the last 18 months, the support we have received has been phenomenal."

Ann-marie added: "I think its brilliant that not only two businesses from Lowestoft are through, but we are right next door to each other - both in a historic part of Lowestoft, an area which I always love to promote".

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