The brightest and best of West Norfolk were honoured at the Mayor’s Business Awards, hosted in association with the Lynn News, last Friday.
More than 200 guests enjoyed the ceremony dinner at Lynn’s Corn Exchange, which saw Coldstores Ltd celebrate its 10th anniversary by taking home the top prize of Mayor’s Business of the Year.
Director Tim Freeze said: “It’s a great award. It’s a great night.”
Stephen Tansley, director of Shaun Hodgson Engineering, dedicated his Business Person of the Year trophy, sponsored by Brown and Co, to his “fantastic” team, while Dedicated Care East Anglia’s win in the Mapus-Smith & Lemmon-sponsored Small Growing Business category was also put down to combined efforts.
Director Amy Farrow said: “Without our team, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
The Independent Retailer of the Year award, sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance, went to Ikon, whose managing director Andrew Wilson said: “We really didn’t see this one coming. We’re just over the moon. We’re really chuffed.”
Vida Healthcare put recent worries over funding cuts to one side to celebrate scooping the Customer Care trophy, sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, while the King’s Lynn Festival came out on top in the Leisure and Tourism category, sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Lynn News readers voted the Hanseatic Water Ski Races as winner of the Community Event of the Year trophy,
Committee member Jason Russell thanked all those who voted for them and announced plans to return with an even bigger spectacle this summer.
Ian Skinner, landlord of the King’s Arms at Shouldham, said the pub’s Contribution to the Community award, sponsored by Norfolk Training Services, came as a surprise to him.
He said: “This is recognition for all the hard work.”
And Harry Barker, of Aspires, said he was “proud” to receive the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year trophy, sponsored by Roomfoss.