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Burwell business wins top award




Claire Rigarlsford-Chapman, director of sales and event management at the Highfield Event Group, pictured with their award
Claire Rigarlsford-Chapman, director of sales and event management at the Highfield Event Group, pictured with their award

A Burwell-based marquee company has won the public vote at this year’s prestigious Family Business of the Year awards.

The Highfield Event Group Ltd, based at Klondyke Farm, was voted the People’s Choice Awards regional winner for East and East Anglia at a gala reception at The May Fair Hotel in London earlier this month.

The awards, now in their sixth year, were created to celebrate the UK family business sector, to recognise the diversity of family firms across the country and to celebrate the contribution that they make.

The Highfield Event Group was founded in 1979 by Garry Chapman who has since been joined at the helm by his daughter Claire Rigarlsford-Chapman and son Christopher. And while Claire and Chris may not have as many years’ experience in the industry as their father, it is not far off – Claire remembers being wheeled about on site while she was in her pushchair.

The two have worked their way up through the company, learning all aspects of the business, with Claire now director of sales and event management and Chris a director and senior foreman.

Offering marquee hire and event management, The Highfield Event Group is East Anglia’s largest family-run marquee company, serving Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and further afield.

“Being a family-run company is an integral part of who we are and how we operate as a business, which makes these nominations resonate powerfully with us. We were proud to have been nominated and are absolutely thrilled to have won the People’s Choice award,” said Claire.

Paul Andrews, founder and managing director of FBU said: “We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2018 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.

“The awards are a real celebration of the best of British when it comes to family firms and the winners are all fantastic in their own right, champion the family business story and help to give a voice to the significant contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.”



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