East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards 2016

The One

The final contenders for the 2016 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards have been revealed.

Three entrants have been selected as finalists in each of 12 categories, with the winners to be announced at a glittering black tie awards ceremony at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Thursday, July 7.

The evening will also see the announcement of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award, which is made at the judges discretion to an individual or organisation which has made an exceptional contribution to business, the economy or the wider community in East Anglia.

And, as in previous years, the ceremony will culminate with the naming of this year’s Business of the Year, with the recipient of the top award chosen from among the category winners announced earlier in the evening.

The EADT Business Awards, which are being staged for the 19th time this year, aim to recognise the best in entrepreneurial endeavour and business practice across the EADT’s circulation area.

For the fifth year running the joint main sponsors of the awards, including the overall Business of the Year title, 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.

The awards evening on July 7 will begin at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, which is being held in partnership with Southwold-based agency Spring.

This will be followed by a three-course dinner, after which we will hear from our guest speaker, Karen Hester, operations director at Adnams.

Karen joined Southwold-based Adnams in 1988 as a part-time cleaner and, with a background in Army logistics and transport, her expertise in operational management was soon spotted.

Having progressed within the the logistics, procurement and transport areas, she became operations director in 2007 and was appointed to the company’s main board as an executive director last year.

Karen has won a number of awards including, in 2008, the East of England Business Woman of the Year title. In 2013, she also collected the CBI First Women Business of the Year title on behalf of Adnams, in recognition of the company’s record of helping female employees to achieve their potential.

The awards presentation ceremony will again be hosted this year by former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter, who is now chief executive of the education and sport charity Inspire Suffolk and chairman of Ipswich Central, the develivery company for the town’s Business Improvement District project.

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.  Details of all our sponsors can be found by clicking here or on the “Sponsors” button above.

We would also like to thank all those organisations which entered the awards this year.

To those which have been selected as finalists, we offer our congratualtions on reaching this stage and hope you will enjoy the ceremony, regarless of the result on the night. For details of this year’s finalists, click here or on the “Categories” button above.

To those which have missed out, we hope you will try again next year; the standard of entries was again very high this year and many of the unlucky entrants this time around have clear potential become winners in the future.

Details of this year’s winners will appear on this website after the ceremony, with full picture coverage of the evening following in a special supplement due to appear in the EADT on Tuesday, July 12.

Duncan Brodie

Business Editor

East Anglian Daily Times


Main Sponsors

EDF Energy Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
"We look forward to another celebration of success for firms across the region when we host the 2016 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards at Trinity Park on July 7."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times