The best in local business was celebrated at the Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce (NDCC) business awards on Friday.
Attended by over 120 local business people, the awards event held at The Granary Barns in Wood Ditton, was a huge success, with winners coming from businesses both large and small.
Stealing the show, with two awards each, were Cubiqdesign and The British Racing School. Cubiqdesign won both the Business of the Year award and the Effective Use of Marketing award, while The British Racing School conference team took both the Customer Focus Award. and the Employee of the Year accolade through Lissie Mitchell who was recognised for her hard work, attention to detail and taking responsibility for driving business to the school’s conference facilities. The Bull at Barton Mills was highly commended in the Customer Focus category.
Noel Byrne, manager of Newmarket’s Bedford Lodge hotel took the inaugural Business Person of the Year award.
The judges highlighted his support of ‘all things Newmarket’ through the likes of the July Festival, the Newmarket Experience, the Newmarket Retailers’ Association, NDCC and the Animal Health Trust’s fundraising committee. “He offers support, time and advice freely and without agenda and this was recognised readily by those from the business community and beyond who nominated him,” they said.
Retailer of the Year was All Saints Road hair studio, Hairkandi, run by Stacey Cruickshank, who impressed the judges with her ability to take the ‘relevant risks to start her business and remain focused to her vision’.
Small Business of the Year went to popular town centre restaurant and fine food shop, The Pantry, while the Community Awareness award was won by The Sports Injury Clinic for its work with projects focusing on a variety of communities in the Newmarket area.
The Innovation Award went to first time entrant, GE Aviation. The Newmarket branch is a part of a much larger company which is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components.
Turners (Soham), also a first time entrant, took home the Environmental Awareness award, which was presented to them for its attention to detail and success in reducing its impact on both the local and wider environment.
The Apprentice of the Year, a new award for 2013, went to Ellyn Sanderson of Sharing Parenting. Ellyn was nominated by her employer, Suzanne Pearson, for her determined and conscientious approach to her role at the company which also won the Judges’ Award for Small Businesses, impressing them with the concept of the business and its wide reaching social impact.
Large Company of the Year was Turners (Soham) for its dedication in growing and running one of the area’s largest businesses which has such a huge impact locally.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by young dancer, Laura Robinson and her partner, Jordan Mcguire, who danced a selection of ballroom and Latin dances.
“We would like to congratulate all our winners this year,” said NDCC chairman, Graham Abbey, “and thank all our entrants for the time and effort they have taken in entering.
“We were delighted to have a large number of first time entrants and new business entrants, which hopefully goes someway to prove that Newmarket is thriving and businesses are looking at the Forest Heath District to provide them with the facilities they need.”