The best of West Norfolk’s business people and companies were honoured at the Mayor’s Business Awards, staged at the Lynn Corn Exchange last night.
Nine trophies were presented at the ceremony, which was organised in association with the Lynn News with the top prize of Business of the Year going to PCL Ceramics.
Jeremy Allen, senior partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management, won the Business Person of the Year award, while The Norfolk Deli scooped the Small Growing Business trophy.
And Lynn News readers voted Chilli Masters, in Norfolk Street, Lynn, as West Norfolk’s top Good Taste.
West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said the area had performed well through the recession and many firms were showing real confidence by investing in the borough.
And he paid tribute to the contribution of business people to the area.
He said: “I soon learnt in local politics that you achieve nothing without assisting and working with a vibrant business community. In West Norfolk we are blessed to have such a community.”
Borough mayor Barry Ayres praised the record number of nominations received for this year’s awards, which he said had made judging the winners extremely difficult.
And he urged guests to spread the word about the awards “so you can make the judging even harder for my successor next year.”
Award winners were as follows:
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance: Celio Dalmagro, Tulip Ltd.
Contribution to the Community, sponsored by Norfolk Training Services: Dow Chemical.
Customer Care award, sponsored by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce: Anglia Log Cabins.
Independent Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Mapus-Smith and Lemmon: The Filling Station.
Leisure and Tourism award, sponsored by Visitors’ Guide: Wild Luxury.
Good Taste Award, sponsored by Lynn News: Chilli Masters
Small Growing Business (up to five years), sponsored by Roomfoss: The Norfolk Deli.
Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Brown & Co: Jeremy Allen, Senior Parner of St James’s Place Wealth Managemtn.
Business of the Year, sponsored by West Norfolk Council: PCL Ceramics.