Final countdown in the search for the best in business
The line-up of finalists in the 2015 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards has now been announced.
We are grateful to all those who entered the awards this year, with a record total of more than 350 applications being received.
The judges have now completed the difficult task of selecting just three finalists in each category, with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony in July.
The awards, now in their 18th year, aim to recognise the best in entrepreneurial endeavour and business practice across the EADT’s circulation area.
For the fourth year running the joint main sponsors of the awards are EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which are working in partnership to ensure that local firms are able to derive maximum benefit from the planned Sizewell C nuclear power station development.
Their support includes the overall Business of the Year title which, as in previous years, will be awarded to the organisation deemed “best of the best” out of all the category winners.
The black-tie gala presentation evening has become an important fixture in the region’s business calendar, with this year’s ceremony taking place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Thursday, July 9.
Former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter, who is now chief executive of Inspire Suffolk and chairman of Ipswich Central, will again be hosting the ceremony.
Guest speakers at the event will be brothers Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild of cider maker Aspall, based near Debenham, which won the overall Business of the Year title at last year’s EADT Business Awards.
They will be telling the story of how a family-owned business based in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, with roots going back nearly 300 years, has transformed itself into a national, and even internatinal, brand.
As at previous ceremonies, there will also be a charitable element within the evening again, with money being raised this year for Age UK.
EADT editor Terry Hunt said: “The EADT would like to extend its thanks to EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber for their continued support, and also to all our other category sponsors, many of which have also been supporting the awards for many years while others are new for 2015.
“I am thrilled that the number of entries for this year’s awards has broken all records. The judges have had a more difficult task than ever in narrowing down the entries to just three finalists in each category and all those businesses which have made it through to this stage can feel proud of their achievement.”
East Anglian Daily Times
"The judges of the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards are always hugely impressed by both the quality and the diversity of the firms to be found in the region. We are sure 2015 will prove to be no exception."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times