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Business of the Year

The recipient of the Business of the Year title was selected from among the winners of the other categories of the EADT Business Awards. The judges were looking for a winner which was not only outstanding in its category but which also demonstrated all-round strength, not just in terms of financial performance but also in areas such

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Environment and Sustainability

Have you looked at the extent to which your business draws on the natural environment, not just globally through carbon footprint or energy use, but locally? How much do you take from the bank of natural resources here in the east? The judges of the Environment and Sustainability award were looking for a business that showed

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Medium Business

In the Medium Business category, the judges were looking for an established business able to demonstrate all-round strength. The award was open to any business from any sector of the economy which has an annual turnover of at least £1million up to £5million. Entries were also expected to address the following criteria: Figures: accounts demonstrating the level

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Community Involvement

The Community Involvement award is aimed at commercial businesses than can demonstrate how they combine business success with involvement in their community, in ways which go beyond their core business strategy. Entrants were expected to consistently demonstrate good citizenship and show commitment outside normal business practice to people, places and events that are not directly aimed

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Young Business Person

The Young Business Person of the Year award was open to individuals born after July 9, 1980. The judges were be looking for evidence of exceptional vision and leadership, whether the entrant is running his or her own business or is operating in a managerial position within a larger organisation.

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Large Business

In the Large Business category, the judges were looking for an established business able to demonstrate all-round strength. The award was open to any business from any sector of the economy which has an annual turnover exceeding £5million. Entries were also expected to address the following criteria: Figures − accounts demonstrating the level of turnover required to

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Community Safety and Crime Prevention

The Community Safety and Crime Prevention award aims to recognise individuals, groups and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to community safety and crime prevention. Participation was open to any project or initiative that helps to reduce crime, and the fear of crime, in our communities. Entries were encouraged from across the community, for example,

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Director of the Year

The Director of the Year Award is based on a belief that strong leadership is a vital ingredient in business success. The judges were looking for a hard working, creative and innovative individual who has demonstrated vision, clarity and focus in responding to challenges. Among the areas under consideration were growth in sales and profitability, business planning

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Future50 One to Watch

The Future50 One to Watch award was about recognising an outstanding early stage business from within the Suffolk Future50 which shows the promise to become a success story of tomorrow. The judges were looking for a company able to demonstrate a pioneering approach to business and, alongside a strong performance over the past year, the potential to

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Food and Farming Excellence

The Food and Farming Excellence award celebrates the contributions that food producers and the food supply chain make to the economy of East Anglia. Primary producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers were all eligible to enter, with the winner being a business able to demonstrate innovation and a strong all-round performance over the last 12 months. The

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Outstanding Achievement

The Outstanding Achievement award aims to recognise an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the economy and local or regional level. The judges took into account factors including enterprise, innovation, job creation and the impact the efforts of the individual or organisation has had on the business sector, the local and regional

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Raising the Bar

The Raising the Bar award recognises the individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to raising educational attainment or aspiration across the county. The judges were taking into account factors including innovation, measurable results, impact on an individual or organisation, significant progress, partnership and creativity.

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Customer Care

In the Customer Care category the judges will be looking for businesses that are able to demonstrate a strong customer focused ethos which underlies everything they do. Entrants will need to show how they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring everything that the company does has the customer at its core. The judges will

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Corporate Social Responsibility

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award is aimed at commercial businesses which demonstrate how they integrate the success and smooth running of their business with a strong sense of responsibility and consideration for their role as a corporate citizen. Entrants were expected to demonstrate commitment to a number of good practices within the normal everyday commercial running

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Family Business

The Family Business award was open to all businesses which are family owned, including first generation family businesses. The judges were looking at areas including: Structure: do you have a constitution or charter covering, for instance, plans for succession, the relationship between the family and shareholders and the resolution of conflicts between family members? Brand values: to

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Small Business

The Small Business award was open to any business with an annual turnover of less than £1million, regardless of how long the business had been trading. The judges took into account a broad range of factors including not only financial performance in terms of turnover and profit but also covering aspects such as evidence of growth or

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"The entries accurately reflect the vibrant business community which is so valuable, and indeed vital, to the region in which we live and work."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times