One to Watch Award

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The One to Watch Award goes to Jenna Ackerley of Events Under Canvas, presented by Candace Rose.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

 

The One to Watch Award is about recognising an outstanding business from within Suffolk which shows the promise to become a success story of tomorrow.

This could include established businesses that have diversified to change themselves as well a young business that has great potential.

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 flourish and deliver impressive results in the future.

Among the particular qualities the judges were looking for were drive, impact, potential and vision. Above all, however, the winner of this category will be a company which was able to show a dedicated effort to drive their business forward.

 

 

Winner

Events Under Canvas

Events Under Canvas hires out giant tipis, sailcloth tents and glamping villages to create spectacular event spaces for weddings, parties and festivals.
It supplies all the equipment needed for events from 30 to 500 people across East Anglia. The business has seen incredible growth since launching in 2013, hosting 180 events in 2017.
It puts this success down to exceptional customer service and focus, and building an engaged and empowered work force.
The judges said: “Since its launch in 2013, Events Under Canvas has grown vastly year-on-year with flourishing margins, without compromising on quality of service.
“It has managed to retain a family feel to the organisation; its staff impressed us with their dedication and natural enthusiasm for all that they do. Uniquely managing to keep seasonal staff in an inspiring way, the retention is exemplary.
“They pay extreme attention to detail, and create distinctive spaces under canvas that adhere to necessities, fuel imaginations and create lasting memories. Now we just need to organise a party…”

The runners-up

Box-it East

Box-it East is a Suffolk-based specialist in document management.
Services include storage and retrieval, confidential waste disposal, relocation, indexing and document scanning.
Box-it East ensures important client records are safe and secure, with clients using the firm as part of their disaster recovery and business continuity policies.
With a family-run feel and a high expectation of customer service from the management, Box-it East aims to be the best document manager in the region.
The judges said: “In the last 18 months new managing director Claire Brooks has really transformed this brand. With plans to build another vast warehouse as the current one is almost full, the business is securing some high profile clients that require thousands of boxes to be stored – though it’s the return of a box at any given time that really tests this service and the ability to produce boxes on same day delivery is no mean feat.
“Visiting instils you with confidence as the premises are kept impeccably, stacked and racked to the rafters, with neat precision.”

Stubborn Mule Travel

Stubborn Mule Travel arranges bespoke tours for families to a range of exciting destinations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Each holiday is specifically tailored to the family, bearing in mind the ages and interests of the children.
From toddlers to teenagers, the company understands the needs of all age groups and all of its tours are 100% tried and tested by our own team, with their own children.
The judges said: “It is apparent that this company has identified a niche in the market that is highly sought after by families.
“Taking the traditional ‘gap year’ and turning into a travel experience for families, limiting their client base was an enormous risk, but this vision has reaped rewards.
“Attention to the finer details, arranging incredible excursions and activities during the holiday that align and appeal to different members of the family, as well as ensuring hotels and all aspects fulfil requirements.
“Their turnover, profits, growth and vision are impressive, backed up by true industry knowledge and charming and engaging staff.”