West Norfolk’s brightest and best were honoured at the glittering Mayor’s Business Awards held at the Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday night.
The Lynn News was praised by council leaders for its part in staging this year’s awards, 25 years after the ceremony was instigated. Omex Agrifluids, based on the Saddlebow estate, was named Business of the Year, while Andrew Wilson, director of Lynn fashion chain Ikon, was declared Business Person of the Year.
And borough mayor Elizabeth Watson said the awards had been an “eye-opening” experience for her.
She said: “We have so many very talented, forward thinking businesses in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, but I don’t think people realise it.
“There are people doing the most amazing things and long may it continue.”
Borough council leader Nick Daubney said it was hard to believe that a quarter of a century had passed since his father, Les, instigated the awards.
He said: “I can’t think of anything more important than celebrating business, especially successful business.”
He added that there were a lot of encouraging signs about the state of the area’s economy, including the expected start of building work on a new innovation and skills centre on the NORA site in South Lynn later this year and continuing talks about the potential establishment of a university centre at the town’s College of West Anglia campus.
“We’re seeing large investment by major supermarket and restaurant chains. We’ve seen the opening up of the Hardwick industrial estate, the large expansion at Bespak and genuine growth in many other sectors”, Mr Daubney said.
“Let’s celebrate success in West Norfolk.”