Best of West Norfolk commerce celebrated at Mayor's Business Awards ceremony
The brightest and best of West Norfolk’s entrepreneurs have been honoured at the annual Mayor’s Business Awards.
More than 250 guests attended the sold-out awards ceremony, which was hosted in association with the Lynn News, at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Friday night in the awards’ 30th year.
Mayor Nick Daubney, said it was “a very proud moment” to address the awards his father, Les, had established in 1989 during his mayoral term as the borough’s current civic head.
He said: “So very much has changed in that time but what remains is the sheer level of ambition, drive, innovation and determination demonstrated by the businesses of West Norfolk.
“The environment you create, the jobs you create, the opportunities you give us all as a community, everyone here and everyone who enters these awards need to be very proud indeed.”
Earlier in the evening, Peter Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for performance and economic development, said the borough was continuing to punch above its weight.
He told guests there was much to be proud of, despite the local, national and international challenges facing firms.
He said: “There are obvious uncertainties with the lack of clarity over Brexit but, locally, optimism seems to be holding up well and businesses are generally active and coping well.
“One exception is our town centre. While it is performing better than many high street shopping areas across the country, we need to ensure it remains resilient and it continues to thrive into the future.”
He highlighted the Vision King’s Lynn project, in which hundreds took part in a recent consultation on the future shape of the town centre.
The results of the survey, which are expected to be released soon, are likely to shape a forthcoming bid for to the government’s £675 million Future High Streets Fund.
The scheme aims to help communities re-shape their town centres for the 21st century. The deadline for funding applications expires later this month.
Mr Hodson also revealed that the council hopes the first businesses will move onto the new Nar Ouse Enterprise Zone, on the outskirts of Lynn, next year.
He described the site as a “prime example” of council investment in business.
Meanwhile, a Lynn-based medical supply firm was named as West Norfolk's top company at the annual Mayor's Business Awards.
Merxin Ltd, whose headquarters are at the King's Lynn Innovation Centre, was named Mayor's Business of the Year, sponsored by West Norfolk Council.
The other award winners were: Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Mapus-Smith & Lemmon: Captain Fawcett; Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Brown & Co: Richard Finney, Captain Fawcett.
Business Innovation, supported by Robin Brundle: WeType Ltd; Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Carter Accomodation: Alex Goodman, Dodd Group.
Customer Care, sponsored by Lynn News: Home Instead Senior Care; Independent Retailer, sponsored by Agrimech: The Norfolk Delicatessen.
Leisure and Tourism, sponsored by Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar: Princess Theatre; Employee of the Year, sponsored by Mars: Mauricia Tanguy, Carers Elite, Downham.