The Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton hosted the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and there were many surprise winners on this year’s list. Hughes Electrical, which was founded way back in 1921 was announced the ‘Business of the Year’ award at this year’s event which was attended by more than 190 delegates from the business community.
The award for excellence in customer service went to Code hair consultants while the Graham Hacon of 3Sun took home the award for Hales Group Business Person of the Year. CycleRecycle got the Start Up award as the Peter Aldous Business Investment Award went to Pleasurewood Hills. The Essex & Suffolk Water Social Enterprise & Charity Award went to St Johns Housing trust as Sackers Recycling was awarded the UKTI International Trade Award. Marybelle, got the award for the Greenest Business as Lovewell Blake LLP was awarded the Amey Community Impact Award.
Scour Prevention were also not getting left behind as they took home the Waveney District Council & Waveney Business Forum award for product innovation. Hughes Electrical got the Britten Centre & LTMP Local Retailer of the Year Award, one of the most highly sought after at this event, as the Palmers Department Store got the Lowestoft Local Links Family Business of the Year award.
Among the schools, Denes High School was awarded the Citrus Security Shredding Award for the best environmental college/school while Joshua Sturman from Pakefield High School was award the Citrus Security Shredding Young Environmentalist Award.
Three local businessmen, John Pawsey of Waveney Gymnastics Centre, Gary Bennet of Gary Bennet Driving School and Martin Halliday of the Marina Theatre, were recognised by the Mayor of Lowestoft as they were given Lifetime Achievement Awards for their long-running businesses in the area.
This awards show is organized by the Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney to show the talent, inspiration and excellence that can be found in Lowestoft and Waveney. The awards are targeted towards businesses, individuals that have done particularly well in business, people in education and organisation. Businesses can nominate other businesses or enter the category they want to compete in.
These awards were first presented in 1997 and continue to be a feature in the business calendar up to this day. This year (2012), the event was held In the Zest Rooms at the Potters Leisure Resort