Headline Sponsor and Business of the Year
Sizewell C is the new power station planned to be built next to Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast. The power station would generate enough low carbon electricity for 6million homes and would run for 60 years and save 9 million tonnes of Co2 for every year of operation. It would provide reliable generation whatever the weather and support future growth of renewables. As well as helping to tackle the climate crisis, Sizewell C will deliver a boost in jobs, training and education in the East of England. There will be thousands of job opportunities for local people during the 9-12 year construction period and 900 skilled jobs when the power station is operational. The project is working with its supply chain to create at least 1,500 apprenticeships during its construction and continues to work with schools, colleges and other education providers to ensure local people have access to skilled, long term sustainable careers. The company is working with the Chambers of Commerce to ensure local businesses are ready for the opportunities available in the project that is estimated to make a lifetime contribution of £4billion to the regional economy.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce: THE voice of business in the county
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to be a co-sponsor of the EADT Business Awards. We welcome any opportunity that showcases the dynamism, optimism and the sheer brilliance of Suffolk’s business community and the wider, positive influence that business has on the social wellbeing and civic strength of our communities..
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is the premier business voice and business support organisation for the county, a county that feed and powers the nation and ensures the flow of people and goods to and from global markets.
Sponsoring the Business Person of the Year
The Churchmanor Estates Company plc has for 35 years been one of the foremost commercial property developers in the East of England renowned for adopting a collaborative approach to the process of property development.
Through Joint Ventures with landowners Churchmanor have helped to unlock the development potential of their landholdings and for individual local and national business Churchmanor has developed new premises for relocation or expansion, for example the new Birketts HQ in Ipswich.
Churchmanor believe in creating brilliant spaces for work and for life and have developed over 3 million square feet of commercial accommodation which has included research and development parks, business parks, offices, retail and leisure and major town centre regeneration.
Sponsoring the SME of the Year
Larking Gowen are here for the long term. Whether you’re a large organisation or an individual, they take the time to get to know you, your business and your goals.
They forge long-term relationships, often through generations of families, so will deliver timely advice whenever you or your business needs it.
Larking Gowen work with you as your business grows, helping you make the right decisions along the way.
Their values are about service and commitment, both to its clients and people. They build strong, dedicated teams that share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of all its clients, delivering a friendly one-to-one service you can count on.
They’re committed to the wellbeing and training of its people, and to making Larking Gowen a great place to work and develop their careers.
Whatever your financial needs, Larking Gowen is committed to securing your future and helping you reach your goals.
Sponsoring the Employer of the Year
Pure Executive is the executive search division of Pure, the leading professional recruitment company for the East of England. As specialists in board appointments across diverse industries, they work with privately owned organisations, non-profit and listed businesses, delivering both interim and permanent executive appointments.
Pure believes inclusion and diversity is fundamental for organisations to flourish and through their work they advise and support organisations to develop inclusive people strategies. Their work extends beyond recruitment to leadership and board development, benchmarking of executive pay and reward and executive coaching. They support Boards to develop their internal talent through the Women’s Leadership Programme and Board Ready Talent Scheme.
Working in close partnership with its clients across the East of England, the wider team at Pure support 2200 people every year to find a new role, working with 850 organisations. This partnership is powerful, enabling them to work with your Board and senior teams to recruit and retain the best talent in this highly competitive market.
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, based in the East of England, with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, London and Norwich.
With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years they have built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally. Birketts are large enough to provide specialist expertise in most areas of the law at a standard that is frequently compared with major City firms but not at the expense of maintaining a personal and tailored service. They are flexible about everything except their reputation for maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. If you think that Birketts is the right choice for you, then get in touch, they would love to hear from you.
Sponsoring the Start-up Business of the Year
Making the right choices now can have a big effect on your future financial security. With interest rates at historical lows, it’s difficult to know how to protect your money whilst investing for the future.
Beckett Investment Management Group is an award-winning firm based in Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Leicester and Ipswich. It has been supporting clients for over 33 years through financial planning, employee benefits and wealth management.
Becketts clients benefit from dealing with a Chartered firm because Chartered status is only awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute to a limited number of firms because it requires strict eligibility criteria.
Becketts were voted the ‘Best Financial Firm in the East of England’ by prestigious publication New Model Adviser, and has been recognised as being one of Top Ten Financial Advisers in the UK by the Financial Times. The firm has also received a number of awards for its employee engagement, client satisfaction and innovation within financial services.
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Sponsoring the Education in Business Award
Suffolk New College offers the broadest range of courses across the county with campuses at Suffolk Rural in Otley for land-based provision, at Ipswich, and ‘On the Coast’ at Leiston & Halesworth.
The College focuses upon providing a curriculum that meets the needs of students, employers and the wider community. The offer takes into account the needs of providing a skilled workforce for the future through short courses for industry, apprenticeships and higher education, as well as programmes for adults and young people.
Ipswich has been designated an Opportunity Area (OA) by the Department for Education. The Principal sits on the Partnership Board of the OA, which was formed in September 2017. It is one of the twelve areas in England chosen by the Government as such and the purpose is to unlock the potential of England’s young people through education. The partnership working arising from this has supported the focus upon the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and it was considered that the College had made good progress in addressing these.
The College is opening a state-of-the-art £2.4m purpose-built “Tech Campus” for advanced technologies in September 2021 which will provide exclusive access to labs and industry standard workshops for specialist digital courses.
Sponsoring the Education in Business Award
West Suffolk College is on a mission to be the best college in the UK – they believe our community deserves nothing less.
West Suffolk College are making history in a place that’s famous for it. Its campus has a range of facilities and amenities that are student focussed with a base in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds. They’re forging ahead with ambitious plans to become a leading vocational and academic college, with students at the heart of everything they do. Celebrating and supporting its student’s successes and those of its local businesses, partners and the regional economy.
The college provides an outstanding educational experience for all of its students. Their ethos is to put its learners’ success at the heart of everything they do. That means they do everything they can to help their students succeed and be the best they can be.
With an impressive range of courses, high quality facilities, inspiring tutors and incredible opportunities to open-up career or higher education pathways. The college believes in engaging with its students as young adults in a supportive and encouraging environment and aims to give them the best opportunity to develop, grow and become passionately involved in their own education.
Sponsoring the Scale-up Business of the Year
Ashtons Legal are delighted to sponsor the Business Awards for the fourth consecutive year and this year are sponsoring the Scale-up Business of the Year category.
At Ashtons, the aim is to be a firm its clients are proud to call ‘their solicitors’ and are happy to recommend to others. Whether a commercial, or an individual client, whatever the legal needs, Ashtons’ focus is on always delivering first class legal advice with exceptional service.
With 370 staff across five offices in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Norwich and Leeds the firm are ideally placed to assist clients throughout East Anglia. However, they also help people in many other parts of the country and internationally through niche areas such as French Property, road transport and regulatory law, franchising and injury services.
Ashtons is delighted to sponsor the Scale-up Business of the Year award category and are hoping to see entries from a diverse number of organisations all involved in East Anglia’s thriving business community.
Sponsoring the Customer Excellence Award
Greater Anglia is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Suffolk Business Awards. Greater Anglia are passionate about delivering excellent customer service and ensuring that the railways play their full part in helping our region to be both economically prosperous and a wonderful place to live. They are therefore committed to consistently raising customer service standards. They now have a fleet of brand-new trains, operating on their Suffolk routes, transforming the travelling environment, providing more comfortable journeys, increasing seating capacity and improving reliability, as part of a £1.4 billion investment programme. Every single carriage has been replaced in the largest ever investment in trains in East Anglia. In Suffolk, all local routes are now operated with high quality, three or four carriage trains (not one, two or three carriages, as before). They are air conditioned and more accessible, with plug and USB points and free wifi. Over the last year Greater Anglia have been taking advantage of the benefits offered by the new trains to deliver record-breaking punctuality across its network. Its teams have also been doing an excellent job of keeping their trains clean and safe. Greater Anglia are looking forward to welcoming more and more customers back on its trains as we recover from the pandemic and support the sustainable economic development of our region in line with decarbonisation targets. So excellent customer service really is at the heart of their plans to transform our region’s train services.
Sponsoring the Disruptor of the Year
The University of Suffolk is a transformational university absorbing the best of university traditions and aligning them to a 21st century audience, relevant to a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. They are dedicated to championing innovation in everything they do, from how they teach, to their research and enterprise activities and the impact they have on the wider and local community.
University of Suffolk’s lecturers, students and the business community, collaborate on innovative projects forging strong alliances to make things happen. They specialise in high-impact research, creating opportunities to accelerate innovations to the marketplace and train the skilled workforce needed to achieve this. Its strong networks with organisations and institutions enhance the skills of its graduates to provide invaluable experience for their chosen careers. Learning and teaching across its Schools is innovative and high quality, stimulated by student engagement and informed by research and scholarly activity.
To support their objectives, they are committed to continually developing their facilities. In the spring of 2020, The Hold opened on campus housing Suffolk Archives and representing a partnership with Suffolk County Council. They also launched the DigiTech Centre at Adastral Park in partnership with BT, providing training in cutting-edge information and communication technology. Another exciting emerging initiative is the Integrated Care Academy (ICA), a unique alliance with the NHS and Suffolk County Council, the ICA will become an exemplar in integrated care making the University a key player in developments and innovations in the sector.
Sponsoring the Changing Lives Special Recognition Award
From the soil to our health; Norwich Research Park’s vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research and delivering regional growth.
Norwich Research Park is home to a wealth of world class research. Its 3,000 scientists and clinicians work in some of the areas of greatest importance to society today, food and health. The unique mix that blends a major university teaching hospital with a leading university and internationally important Research Institutes provides an unbroken chain, each part aiding the progression of another, where its people are gaining new knowledge of soil, plants, therapeutics and diagnostics, food, nutrition, health and healthy ageing, all underpinned by world leading genomics.
Norwich Research Park will be an inspirational place to work; where the world will look, not only for answers to global challenges, but also to learn from its success at creating a true research and innovation community, where organisations and people flourish and grow, in an environment that breeds and nurtures creativity and wellbeing. Pioneering research, adventurous innovation, enterprising entrepreneurship and accelerated commercialisation will always be at the heart of their work, but they will also work with the community around them, its schools and its colleges, providing learning opportunities, jobs and local growth. Changing lives and rethinking society.