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PUBLISHED: 13:31 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

THE entries are continuing to come in for the inaugural Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The awards will culminate in a glittering ceremony being held at the Wherry Hotel, Oulton Broad, on November 20.

THE entries are continuing to come in for the inaugural Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The awards will culminate in a glittering ceremony being held at the Wherry Hotel, Oulton Broad, on November 20.

Although only launched three weeks ago the nominations for the 18 separate categories are arriving on a daily basis.

President of the chamber, George Sweitlik, hopes that the awards will highlight the “positive benefits” of living and working in the area.

Mr Sweitlik is certainly being supported in his ambitions by businesses based across the Waveney area.

Some of the leading businesses and companies are not only entering the competition but sponsoring the various categories.

One of the area's leading group of solicitors, Norton Peskett, is sponsoring the award for the Best Innovation and Innovative Approach to Business.

The team of solicitors has expanded over the past 20 years and has six offices in the area stretching from Great Yarmouth in the north to Halesworth and Southwold in the south.

The company's continuing success is borne out of innovative and strong leadership from the firm's partnership and the quality of their staff who adopt a friendly and efficient approach to clients and contacts alike.

The firm's business development co-ordinator, Keith Huxley, said the winner of the category would have to show a strong innovative approach to their business.

“We feel it is important the businesses make the most of their staff and an innovative approach is essential if companies are to continue going forward. The beauty of this particular award is that it is open to small and medium-sized companies as well as the larger firms,” he said.

“A company does not have to have a huge research and development operation to be innovative. Having a training programme where staff are encouraged to make the most of their skills is the kind of approach we will be looking for,” said Mr Huxley.

Norton Peskett Solicitors are convinced that businesses in the Lowestoft and Waveney area are innovative in the way they go about their daily work and are expecting a close fought category.

“I am sure that whoever wins this category will have to demonstrate a very high standard,” said Mr Huxley.

The Journal is also one of the main sponsors for the awards evening which will be hosted by television and radio personality Helen McDermott.

To enter go to the chamber's website at www.waveneychamber.co.uk and click on the Business Awards 2008 section.

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