The brightest and best of West Norfolk’s business community have been honoured at the annual Mayor’s Business Awards.
More than 150 guests attended the awards dinner, held at Lynn’s Corn Exchange last Friday night.
The ceremony included the announcement of the winner of the Community Event of the Year award, which was voted for by Lynn News readers.
Some of the borough’s biggest events were in the running for the trophy, but it was the Downham Games that edged out Heritage Open Day in a very close vote.
Frances Rayner, the event’s co-ordinator, said she was “very proud” of the award.
She said: “I came to the awards not believing for one minute we would win.
“The recognition will go a long way to helping us market and promote the event and we hope it will reinforce to local supporters the great job we are doing and how important the event is to our community.”
In a year that has seen plenty of good economic news for West Norfolk, the winner of the main award, Mayor’s Business of the Year, was a company at the forefront of the area’s growth.
Mars Food UK, which unveiled plans for a £23 million expansion of its Hansa Road factory last July, collected the trophy.
The award for Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Brown and Co, went to Mark Kacary, of the Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton.
Manor Farm, at Fincham, received the Customer Care award, sponsored by Larkfleet Homes, while Lynn’s Majestic Cinema was named Independent Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Iliffe Media.
A new award for this year’s ceremony was the Innovator of the Year, sponsored by NWES, and was presented to Peter Lawrence, of Human Capital Department, which is based at the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre that was opened last June.
Vets 1 Group, based at Crimplesham, received the Small Growing Business award, sponsored by Mapus-Smith & Lemmon, while the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, in Lynn’s North End, won the Leisure and Tourism category.
And, on the eve of this week’s National Apprenticeship Week, Charlie Ilson was named Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, sponsored by the College of West Anglia.