West Norfolk Business Review of the Year

Mayor's Business Awards - The annual West Norfolk Mayor's Business Awards at King's Lynn Corn Exchange in association with the Lynn News. Mayor of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Cllr Elizabeth Watson with Business of the Year Award winners Alan Lowes (left) and Steve Copsey of Omex Agrifluids. ANL-141003-112653001
Mayor's Business Awards - The annual West Norfolk Mayor's Business Awards at King's Lynn Corn Exchange in association with the Lynn News. Mayor of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Cllr Elizabeth Watson with Business of the Year Award winners Alan Lowes (left) and Steve Copsey of Omex Agrifluids. ANL-141003-112653001

In spite of tough economic times, there was plenty of positive news from the business community across West Norfolk in 2014. Here we look back over the past year at the achievement of businesses ranging from single traders to large companies, including notable anniversaries, new start-ups and important awards.

January

Learning Resources celebrates 20th anniversary.''Borough Mayor Elizabeth Watson joins staff and  (in the centre) Dennis Blackmore (MD), his wife Valeria, also Richard Woldenberg (chairman) 4th left. ANL-140205-092129001

Learning Resources celebrates 20th anniversary.''Borough Mayor Elizabeth Watson joins staff and (in the centre) Dennis Blackmore (MD), his wife Valeria, also Richard Woldenberg (chairman) 4th left. ANL-140205-092129001

Lynn practice Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital is looking forward to new growth ahead having just reached its 30-year milestone. The business was founded by David and Carole Clarke, initially operating out of premises in King Street. They have a team of 32 working with them including seven other vets and 16 qualified vet nurses. MLNF14AM01098.

The Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton’s Greevegate is opened by husband-and-wife team Mark and Rosie Kacary, with the intention of providing top quality food sourced mainly from around the county. The deli offers everything from ales to chutney and salami to locally roasted coffee, as well as hard-to-find ingredients for special recipes. MLNF14AM01038.

Anglia IT Solutions is delighted to hear the news that its services to the Royal household at Sandringham has been recognised with the award of the prestigious Royal Warrant. Business owners Terry Windsor and Jason Crown set up the Swaffham based firm ten years ago. “Being granted the ‘By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen’ is not something we would have imagined when Terry and I started Anglia IT,” said Jason. MLNF Anglia IT.

February

The Rose and Crown Snettisham, named pub of the year, owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich (centre) with General manager Kim Tinkler (3rd right), Head Chef Jamie Clarke (5th right) and other   staff outside the pub. ANL-140209-083130009

The Rose and Crown Snettisham, named pub of the year, owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich (centre) with General manager Kim Tinkler (3rd right), Head Chef Jamie Clarke (5th right) and other staff outside the pub. ANL-140209-083130009

Lynn firm of structural and civil engineers Calvert, Brain and Fraulo celebrates its 20th anniversary. The firm, based in Portland Street, has carried out conservation work on some of the most important historical buildings in the town, such as the Custom House, Town Hall and Greyfriars Tower. It has also been structural design consultants for many new-build projects, including Hunstanton Sailing Club. MLNFAM01114.

Heacham’s Extra Hands Home Care team held an opening day following on from an awards ceremony the previous evening where it was recognised in a prestigious care awards scheme. The managing director, Anita Walter, was presented with a motivational leadership award and the firm was also highly commended in the delivering excellence through learning and development. Director Hazel Evans was also highly commended for outstanding achievement. MLNF14AM02179.

Professional photographer Adrian Lilley, from Hunstanton, highlighted the help he received from The Consultancy Home Counties, which aims to help would-be entrepreneurs start up their own business. After attending the courses held in Hunstanton, he set up his own advertising photography business, AD Photographic, providing pictures for brochures, fliers and corporate photographs. MLNF14AF02067.

March

Joanne Atkinson and Richard Atkinson at The Colourful Cook Shop Hunstanton,'They have seen a big rise in sales of kitchenware since TV's Bake Off series started. ''Contact 01485 533688 or 07454237562. ANL-140610-143745009

Joanne Atkinson and Richard Atkinson at The Colourful Cook Shop Hunstanton,'They have seen a big rise in sales of kitchenware since TV's Bake Off series started. ''Contact 01485 533688 or 07454237562. ANL-140610-143745009

Lynn’s Omex Agrifluids, which produces specialist liquid fertilisers exported across the globe, was named the Mayor’s Business of the Year at the ceremony held in Lynn’s Corn Exchange. Regional director, Alan Lowes along with Steve Copsey accepted the award from the Mayor on behalf of colleagues at the Saddlebow industrial estate. West Norfolk’s most prestigious business award recognised the business’s continuing success in cultivating markets around the world. MLNF14PT03126.

Business was going so well for Downham shopkeeper Darryl Spain that he needed to move to larger High Street premises. Outdoor Antics provides all kinds of equipment for country pursuits, including fishing, popular in the Downham area. Darryl said: “The shop has just gone from strength to strength and I needed more room for stock.” MLNFPT03050

Kinnerton Confectionery, based in Fakenham, announces multi-million pound plans to expand by building a 25,000 square foot extension on adjoining land. Its South Creake operation is due to move into the Oxborough Lane factory in 2015. The business, which employs more than 600, needs to expand in order to meet growing demand for its products. “Everything will be brought into one place and it will give us the space we need for manufacturing,” said Gordon Chetwood. MLNF14AM03240.

April

Accountant John Garrett, who works from his home in Reffley, looks back at his first year in business with pride. In his first year of trading independently he has already achieved his three-year target figure of client numbers. John set up JPG Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services in order to help smaller businesses and sole traders. MLNF14AM03153.

West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham visits Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning’s purpose-built City and Guilds training centre in Lynn. He met managing director Phillip Prior, who explained that Adcock had developed a new bespoke training programme that was subsequently accredited by City and Guilds in 2013. Mr Bellingham congratulated trainees on their dedication. MLNF Adcocks.

Freebridge Community Housing launches its “Working Together” guide at a business planning day and used a human library to get the message across about promoting diversity. Among those taking part was Livvi Hodges, who is a plumber for Freebridge, and won the Apprentice of the Year title in the Mayor’s Business Awards 2013. MLNF14PT03363.

May

Lynn-based firm CTS Security celebrates its 40th anniversary year with a major deal covering 21 sites for a national retailer. The company, which specialises in electronic security, signed the deal with electrical retailer Hughes. Roy Fayers, is the managing director who founded CTS in 1974. The general manager is Darryn Faivelowitz, MLNF CTS.

Lynn’s Learning Resources was joined with guests from the USA when it held a celebratory evening at Lynn Town Hall to mark its 20th anniversary. Employees, friends and families of the educational toy firm were joined by Roy Woldenberg, chairman of Learning Resources’s parent company in the USA. MLNF14PM05021.

Lynn’s Smiles Better records two “firsts” in its eight-year history. Dr Luke Smith joins as its first male dentist and trainee dental nurse Jo Manning becomes the first apprentice to work there while undergoing training. MLNF14PM05072.

June

Gayton hosts its first farmers’ market and hails it a great success with bookings lined up for similar events in the future. The Jubilee Hall was filled with stalls offering products including fruit, veg, meat and fish. Susan Fraser, hall trustee, said stallholders were delighted with the venue and the friendly atmosphere. MLNF14AM06116.

A new craft enterprise is launched in West Lynn. Sprinkle Twinkle, in Clenchwarton Road, was opened by expert papercrafter Natalie Pilgrim, assisted by her partner Darren Gibson. They were delighted with the feedback and the enthusiasm of a steady stream of visitors on their first day. MLNF14AM06159.

Lynn’s Natural Therapy Centre marked its 20th anniversary with an open day. The centre at The Granaries, was founded by Sue Baxter, who said the event had attracted familiar faces as well as new ones interested to find out more about the therapies on offer. MLNF14AF06490.

July

Teenage entrepreneur George Hanson, from Terrington St Clement, launches his specialist digital marketing business. George, 18, a former KES student, decided to give up the chance to go to university to start up his own enterprise. He said many businesses are missing out on digital marketing and do not understand how it can boost their sales. “It is crucial,” he said. MLNF George Hanson.

Aerial and satellite specialist Maxview Ltd, based in Setch, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the vision of building on its established markets and introducing more products. Managing director Allan Clark, said over the years the company stayed true to its traditional philosophy of providing the consumer with the highest quality at a fair price. MLNF14PM07237

Motiv8 Health and Fitness marks its first year in business with news it is expanding. During its first year of trading it had grown from holding one exercise class a week in Lynn to 13 across Lynn and Wisbech. Its new plans were to start holding classes in Downham. MLNF new motive. 


August

Lynn’s PCL Ceramics receives the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. The Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk Mr Richard Jewson presented the trophy to managing director Mark Butler, during a visit to the Estuary Road business. PCL Ceramics gained the award after increasing overseas earnings by 180 per cent in three years. MLNF presentation pcl.

Damien Pearce opens a new fishing tackle shop in Sutton Bridge, Bring on the Bait. It’s the first venture into retail for Damien, who has an extensive knowledge of fishing. “It’s the perfect combination of bringing together work with something I love doing,” said Damien. MLNF14PM08321.

A new fish and chip shop gets off the ground in Lynn’s Tennyson Road thanks to “crowd funding”. Owner of The Crossings, John Redman, speedily raised £25,000 to get the new venture up and running by outlining his business plan online. His staff included trainee manager Levi Gray, who began work for Mr Redman two years ago peeling potatoes. MLNFPM08220.

September

Snettisham’s Rose and Crown celebrates being named the Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2015, one of the most coveted titles in the UK. Owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich were thrilled and paid tribute to their staff, saying they were dedicated and hardworking. The Good Pub Guide praised the the Rose and Crown’s traditional atmosphere, beer and locally sourced food. MLNF14PM09004.

Swaffham-based STG Aerospace, a world leader in innovative aircraft lighting technologies, receives the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. It is the fourth time the company has gained the award, considered to be the highest accolade for business in the land. The Lord-Lieutenant Mr Richard Jewson presented the trophy to chief executive Nigel Duncan. MLNF STG Award.

A Lynn business networking group which was only set up in March is recognised for its outstanding success in gaining new members. The Lynn branch of 4Networking was set up by business consultant Nikki Butlin, of Walpole St Andrew, and has just achieved “flagship” status. Nikki also launched branches in Peterborough and Ely, which also a “flagship”. MLNF 4Networking. Picture: Supplied.

October

BBC’s Great British Bake Off was a boon for Hunstanton’s Colourful Cook Shop which saw its products selling like hot cakes during the series run. Shop owner Richard Atkinson and his wife, Joanne, saw sales in kitchenware and cooking utensils soar. “The series is a big deal for us as it stimulates so much interest,” said Richard. MLNF14AF10070.

Dersingham finance business Allen Tomas & Co Financial Management staged its first corporate golf day and donated funds to The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. The other businesses taking part were Burrell’s Accountants, Hawkins Ryan Solicitors and James Johnson & Co Accountancy. Mr Ben Allen, principal of Allen & Co, said he looking forward to holding a similar event next year. MLNF14PB10

The Skills Service, an initiative designed to enhance local skills and support economic growth, is launched at the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce business breakfast meeting in Lynn. The project is funded by the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership. It has a dedicated business and education development manager for West Norfolk, Jacqui Farrell. MLNF14MF10007.

November

Family-run Hodgsons Forge in Terrington St Clement, one of the country’s leading ironwork specialists, is celebrating 50 years of trading. The Hodgson family have been Master Blacksmiths for five generations producing goods used on estates and for domestic and industrial purposes. MLNF14AF11205.

Fun is the key factor for new business, Partycab, launched by Matt Tomlins, and his wife, Holly. Using a box of props and a traditional cab fitted with an interior photobooth, people can dress up and pose for the camera leaving with a selection of selfies. It was a huge hit at Gaywood Community Primary School, the business’s first client. MLNF14AF11352.

“Singing butcher” Matthew Pearce opens the doors to his new shop in the heart of Gaywood. Matthew took over premises previously occupied by a butcher’s and was looking forward to the challenge of running his own business. He also sings at gigs in Lynn and further afield, performing anything from Elvis to Olly Murs numbers. MLNF14AM11057.

December

Lynn’s largest privately owned rooftop solar system is switched on at Optima Stainless on Hardwick Narrows Estate. Optima, a family-run expanding firm says it is making an environmental statement to encourage more clients as part of its £1 million expansion with the opening of the new factory. MLNF Optima solar

Employees at Cornerways Nursery at British Sugar in Wissington receive certificates after taking part in English classes. The course was set up in association with Lynn’s College of West Anglia. So many applied that more courses are being lined up for the future. MLNF14AM12012

South West Norfolk MP and Environment minister Liz Truss visits Swaffham to mark Small Business Saturday. Ms Truss was pleased to meet shopkeepers and market stallholders and said that independent businesses helped to enhance Norfolk’s towns and delivered first class quality service. MLNF14PM12028