Chamber awards recognise strengths of businesses in east of England
The British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards have proved to be a fantastic opportunity for businesses right across our eastern region to step up and tell the world how good they are.
Norfolk businesses won glory in six out of eight of award categories. These were: Best Use of Technology Award – Lintott Control Systems; Export Business of the Year – Gnaw Chocolate; Employer of the Year – Liftshare; Growth Business of the Year – Pruce Newman Pipework Ltd; Small Business of the Year – Gnaw Chocolate; Workplace Wellbeing Award – Larking Gown LLP.
As regional winners these companies will now have the opportunity to go on and compete for the national crown. And that’s a metaphor for what I’m saying. We need to make sure that Norfolk’s potential, in a general sense, is up there pitching for national recognition.
We have, as has just been proven, some of the finest businesses in the UK. We have digital and technology companies to rival anyone. Our creative sector is thriving. So too is research. From financial services to energy generation, we deliver staggering levels of innovation and service.
I’m not suggesting that we’re unheard of. We’re not. When I say we’re world class I mean it. Our businesses are globally respected. But there is more we can, and must, do. We must seize every opportunity, every day, to wave the flag for our region, educating people into seeing it as a place populated by companies with whom they should be doing business, and into which they should be investing.
The awards are a great example of just such an opportunity. It was a great day. But, our people, skills, resources and geography all combine to create a world class crucible of commerce, and we need to make sure that we tell the world that – every day!