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Second annual business awards for north Norfolk launched

PUBLISHED: 09:19 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 23 October 2018

Last year's winners and sponsors of the North Norfolk Business Awards. This year's competition is now open for entries.

Last year's winners and sponsors of the North Norfolk Business Awards. This year's competition is now open for entries.

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The second North Norfolk Business Awards, which celebrate the best businesses in the region, are now open for entries - and businesses are being encouraged to put themselves forward to win one of the prestigious titles.

The 2019 awards are being organised and hosted by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC). The 2018 awards, held in February, saw scores of entries, and it is expected that the competition will be even stronger this time.

Following feedback, the number of categories has been increased to eight, with the introduction of a small business award.

Sponsors of the award include Archant’s North Norfolk News and the Fakenham and Wells Times, as well as Eastlaw, Menta, New Anglia LEP and Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Judging will take place in early 2019. After the shortlists have been drawn up, the awards night will be held at Gresham’s School in Holt in February, where the eight winners will be unveiled. The awards night will again be hosted by Chris Sargisson, chief executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

Councillor John Lee, leader of North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), said: “Our inaugural business awards were a huge success and they were greatly appreciated by the local business community.

“It gives us the opportunity to reward local businesses for the hard work that they have put into making north Norfolk a thriving, diverse and great place to do business.”

Councillor Sarah Butikofer, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at NNDC, said: “This event is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial skills of traders in this district and to reward them for the very valuable contribution that they make to the community and tourism.”

The full list of categories is agriculture, horticulture and countryside; business growth; environment; innovation, new business; small business; tourism and hospitality; and young people and skills.

Paul Reeve, managing director of Structure Flex, a Cromer-based company which has provided materials to the Broads Authority for protecting reed habitats, said it is a good opportunity to showcase and promote a business.

The awards are free to enter and businesses can enter as many categories as they like. The window for entries closes on January 6 next year. To enter, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/nnba.

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