West Norfolk’s best were honoured last night at the annual Mayor’s Business Awards, hosted in association with the Lynn News.
More than 200 guests enjoyed the ceremony dinner at Lynn’s Corn Exchange, which saw Coldstores Ltd take home the top prize of Mayor’s Business of the Year.
Stephen Tansley, of Shaun Hodgson Engineering, was named Business Person of the Year and Dedicated Care East Anglia received the Small Growing Business prize.
The Independent Retailer of the Year award went to Ikon, with Vida Healthcare scooping the Customer Care trophy and the King’s Lynn Festival coming out on top in the Leisure and Tourism category.
Lynn News readers voted the Hanseatic Water Ski Races as winner of the Community Event of the Year trophy, while the King’s Arms at Shouldham received the Contribution to the Community award.
And Harry Barker, of Aspires, received the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year trophy.
Borough mayor Colin Manning congratulated all the finalists on their success, telling them: “We have some incredible companies locally and that really bodes well for the future.”
Council leader Nick Daubney, addressing his final Business Awards ceremony before he stands down in May, reiterated his call for urgent improvements in transport and technological links.
“We need that more frequent, half-hourly rail service, with trains that are fit for purpose, and we need them now. We need broadband as good as any in the world and we need it now.”
But he maintained that the borough had much to be proud of, saying the area is continuing to punch above its weight.
He added: “Making it happen is you – the producers, the employers, the wealth creators, the innovators.”