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Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016 are open!

Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016 are open!

This year’s Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are now open for entries. The awards launch held at Ivy House Country Hotel, now in their 9th year, were launched to focus on and celebrate the expertise, achievements and outstanding contribution that local businesses and individuals make to our area.

These awards enable Lowestoft & Waveney businesses of all size and sector to showcase their performance and achievements to clients and customers, suppliers, business alliances and to all of the local business community.

Putting your business forward for an award can reap a host of benefits and values beyond the trophy and the title. For any business, entering awards requires time and energy, but the investment can return dividends, both internally and externally.

Winning an award could raise your profile and brand awareness, and entrants should always strive to embrace this and take advantage of the positive PR and profile opportunities it could bring your business throughout the region. It will also provide recognition and celebration of your hard work and differentiate you from your competitors.

John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, of which the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber is part, said: “Whether you are a private business, a public sector organisation, a charity or a centre of education - it's time to move out of the shade and put the spotlight on your success.

“There are 14 categories to choose from and you can enter as many as you like or why not nominate businesses you feel deserve to be recognised.”

The categories are:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Peter Aldous MP
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Lowestoft Rising
Commitment to Skills & People Development – sponsored by Lowestoft College
Community Pride Award – sponsored by Waveney Norse
Enterprise in Education Award – sponsored by EDF Energy
Excellence in Customer Service (1-10 employees) – sponsored by Lowestoft Vision
Excellence in Customer Service (11+ employees) – sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water
Family Business of the Year – sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills
Growing Business Award - sponsored by ABP Ports

Local Tourism inc Culture, Hospitality & Leisure – sponsored by Waveney District Council
Most Promising New Business Award – sponsored by Lovewell Blake
Recognition of Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by Archant
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – sponsored by Ivy House Country Hotel

One of the winning entrants who will also be recognised and crowned with the prestigious title of Business of the Year and this award will be judged by the executive board of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Lowestoft & Waveney.

The awards will be announced at a glamorous gala evening ceremony to be held at Ivy Hall, Ivy House Country Hotel, Lowestoft on Friday 18th November.

It’s quick and easy to enter our awards, for full details on categories click here.

The closing date for entries is 21st September 2016.

So get your entries in now to be in with a chance of scooping one of our prestigious awards!

For further details please contact Michelle Gardner, Events Manager at the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce (E: or T: 01502 502201)

Article by Suffolk Chamber