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An evening of celebration at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney Gala Business Awards

An evening of celebration at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney Gala Business Awards

Businesses gathered to celebrate outstanding individual and group achievements at the annual Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Lowestoft & Waveney Business Awards.

The sold out awards ceremony, took place at Ivy House Country Hotel in Lowestoft. Fifteen awards were presented – from Apprentice/Trainee of the Year to Business of the Year.

With 150 local business representatives and special guests enjoying a buck fizz reception and three course meal with welcome entertainment from soul vocalist Doug Brown of Quirk Bespoke Events, the awards ceremony followed, and was expertly compered by Chris Bailey.

Alan O’Neill of CHPV and Claire Taylor-Haigh of Women Like Me were given Recognition of Lifetime Achievement awards, sponsored by Steel & Co, for their dedication to our local community and the evening culminated with PCE Automation scooping the Business of the Year Award sponsored by Headline Sponsors Lovewell Blake.

Jennifer Cushion, Chair of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney said on the night: “What a great night – a well-deserved celebration of all that makes the business community here in Lowestoft & Waveney so special. Despite the pandemic, the response to this year’s business awards has been overwhelming with a record number of entries across the categories, and after such a challenging time for everyone, it is truly wonderful to see so many local faces”.

Our awards allow us to come together to celebrate and recognize the entrepreneurism, resilience and excellence within our county, and in particular here in Lowestoft & Waveney and provide the perfect opportunity for the many sponsors and other guests to promote their own business news and successes and to further build up their local connections and partnerships.

It is truly magnificent to see our business awards celebrating its 13th year, with so many businesses showcasing their skills, talent and success. We thank all businesses that have taken part and congratulations to everyone and we look forward to a prosperous 2022.”

John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce commented: “Lowestoft and Waveney is an entrepreneurial powerhouse – as shown by the shortlisted and winning entries for these awards.

Our awards offer local businesses, of all sizes and from all sectors, the chance to showcase their own successes, whilst celebrating the wider achievements of the whole of our fantastic business community.”

Winners and highly commended finalists are:

Business Engaging in Education Award sponsored by Sizewell C

Winner: Disability Advice North East Suffolk

Finalist: East of England Energy Group

Environmental Business Award sponsored by Citrus Sharp Security Shredding

Winner: CycleRecycleUK

Finalist: Re-Utilise

Family Business Award sponsored by Associated British Ports

Winner: Uncle Sid’s Zero Waste Store

Finalist: Steel & Co

Growing Business Award sponsored by East Suffolk Council

Winner: SHARP Contract & Surveying
Finalist: CycleRecycleUK

Workplace Wellbeing Award sponsored by Access Community Trust

Winner: Total Balance Wellbeing Centre
Finalist: CODE Hair Consultant

Community Pride Award sponsored by Lowestoft Rising

Winner: Disability Advice North East Suffolk

Finalist: Women Like Me

Excellence in Customer Service Award 1-10 employees sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water

Winner: Code Hair Consultants

Finalist: Carl Wright Training Services

Excellence in Customer Service Award 11+ employees sponsored by Nicholsons Solicitors

Winner: B&B Skip Hire – part of Radical Waste Group

Finalist: JME

Resilient Business Award sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills

Winner: The Ingate Freehouse

Finalist: CODE Hair Consultants

Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Peter Aldous MP for Waveney

Winner: Total Balance Wellbeing Centre

Finalist: Access Community Trust

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award sponsored by East Coast College

Winner: Patrick Johnson – Access Community Trust

Finalist: Jack Howlett – PCE Automation

Most Promising New Business Award sponsored by Fern Communications

Winner: Chari Boutique

Finalist: Uncle Sid’s Zero Waste Store

Recognition of Lifetime achievement awards sponsored by Steel & Co

Awarded to: Alan O’Neill – CHPV
Awarded to: Claire Taylor-Haigh – Women Like Me

Business of the Year sponsored by our Headline Sponsors Lovewell Blake

Winner: PCE Automation

Finalist: CycleRecycleUK

If you would like to be involved in Suffolk Chamber’s business awards next year, then please contact Michelle Gardner, Senior Events Coordinator at

Article by Suffolk Chamber