Award Categories 2017

Whether you have entered your own company, business, store, project or education facility   
or have nominated another you feel deserves the recognition, there are awards this year to
suit everyone.

From the newest of businesses to the more established there's something here for you.

Please note the 2017 Awards are now closed for entries. 

Peter Aldous MP for Lowestoft & Waveney
is delighted to be sponsoring the
Apprentice / Trainee of the Year Award 

 

Peter Aldous MP for Waveney has been both a Waveney District Councillor and a Suffolk County Councillor, where he was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group.

Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Waveney in 2010 and re-elected in 2015 & 2017.

Peter has been campaigning strongly in Waveney on infrastructure, broadband, renewable energy, green manifesto, fishing, railways and supports wholeheartedly many local projects and campaigns for local people.

He is very passionate about Waveney and is delighted to once again support our Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award recognising and commending an apprentice’s/trainees contribution to their place of work. 

Award Criteria

The Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s/trainees exceptional contribution to their workplace.

To be nominated for this award the candidate must be currently undertaking an apprenticeship/training programme in an organisation within Lowestoft & Waveney.

Evidence needs to show that the applicant has demonstrated to their employer:

  • Their inspirational qualities through commitment to their own personal development
  • How they make outstanding contributions to their workplace
  • Meet or exceed expectations of their employer
  • Make suggestions/contributions towards business improvement
  • Show a high level of achievement and attainment in learning and work


This category is open to all businesses regardless of sector or size and with no age limits for the apprentice/trainee

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are
delighted to be sponsoring the
Business of the Year Award 

 

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business, representing business from grassroots to government, and is the largest independent private sector forum in the county. Working with leading organisations, it delivers the very best service, business information and advice.

Suffolk Chamber can support your business throughout its lifecycle - from starting up in business, development, growth and beyond.

Alongside being the voice of business, Suffolk Chamber organises a wide range of events which provide business to business networking opportunities.

 

Award Criteria

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce will recognise and reward the most outstanding business.

The Business of the Year will be selected from three finalists from all individuals and businesses that have entered our awards, either as a winner of a category or an outstanding business in its field that the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Executive Board feel deserves the highly acclaimed accolade.

The Business of the Year will be judged by the Executive Board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and their decision will be final.

Winning the overall Business of the Year is recognition of outstanding achievement in the business field. 

 

Please note the Awards are now closed

Due to venue restrictions no refunds will be given for
cancellations made after 21 October 2017.

Lowestoft Rising are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Business Person of the Year Award 

 

Lowestoft Rising comprises of a group of five public sector partners - Suffolk Police, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (known locally as Health East) - which work together in a new and unique way.

Its aim is to create a significantly improved quality of life for everybody growing up, living in, working in, visiting and investing in Lowestoft.

 

Award Criteria

The Business Person of the Year Award recognises a person that has made an outstanding contribution toward or has been instrumental in the success of a business.

This award will be presented to:

An individual over the age of 35 years old who has provided evidence and shown examples of the following qualities:

  • Exceptional vision
  • Business flair
  • Leadership
  • A pioneering approach to business
  • Development of new initiatives
  • Evidence of exceeding customer expectations
  • Raising your organisation's profile


In either:

  • Their own business
  • A leadership role within a local company

 

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Commitment to Skills & Staff 
Development Award 

    Available to sponsor

 

                        

Award Criteria

This award will be given to a company that has demonstrated excellence in its approach to workforce development.

Entrants are asked to demonstrate:

  • Why workforce development training is important to their organisation.
  • How training needs and skills requirements are assessed and then implemented.
  • The direct benefit gained by the individual.
  • The direct benefit gained by the organisation.
  • How self-development is encouraged.


By doing so they could receive the reward for committing to their staff development.

This category is open to all businesses regardless of sector or size. 

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Waveney Norse are delighted
to be 
sponsoring the
Community Pride Award 

          

 

Norse Commercial Services is a dynamic business providing a range of facilities management services. It is part of the £260m-turnover Norse Group, which has a national workforce of 12,500 people. Norse has become a major name and employer across Suffolk through three highly successful partnerships, together employing around 1000 local people and with a combined turnover of £20 million.

Lowestoft-based Waveney Norse is a partnership with Waveney District Council, delivering services such as street cleaning, refuse collection and grounds maintenance. It employs up to 230 staff in the summer.

Suffolk Coastal Services delivers key frontline services for Suffolk Coastal District Council. Based at Ufford, it has 400 staff and serves more than 58,000 homes and 1,000 businesses. Suffolk Norse has 130 employees and operates school coaches and minibuses, previously run by Suffolk County Council.

Award Criteria

This award is open to any companies, charities or volunteer groups irrespective of size or sector who are actively engaged in putting something back into the local community to make Lowestoft & Waveney a prosperous area.

The winner of this award will be able to clearly demonstrate and provide evidence of how they support and work with their local community - building relationships with residents, schools and/or community groups, either by helping to increase the employment opportunities for local people, providing training or re-training, support groups, donating used equipment, helping to renovate parks, clearing up rubbish, donations or sponsorship of local causes – the list is endless.

Entrants are asked to provide evidence of the following:

  • How your company practices good citizenship.
  • Your commitment outside of normal business practice to local people, places or events that is not aimed directly at improving your own business profit, but the quality of life in the local community.
  • What the impact your work has on the local community.


By doing so they could receive the Community Pride Award.

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Pleasurewood Hills are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Enterprise in Education Award 

     

Pleasurewood Hills is a family theme park set in 50 acres of enclosed coastal parkland in Lowestoft. It is the home of the tallest, fastest and most extreme roller coaster in the East of England.

The park was created over 30 years ago and is today one of East Anglia’s largest and most popular tourist attractions, with Woody Bear one of the region’s most popular mascots welcoming guests on a daily basis and ensuring they have an exciting fun packed day out, full of precious family memories.

 

Award Criteria

Eligibility includes: All schools, colleges and training providers in Lowestoft and Waveney currently developing the skills of their students and learners towards future success within the workplace.

The Enterprise in Education Award will recognise an organisation that has the student’s future at its heart. It will maximise its STEM delivery through innovation which will ultimately provide them with a rich and varied career pathway. The successful organisation will provide evidence of reaching outside the classroom to enhance, enrich and embed curriculum making links with business, creatively supporting students to relate their learning to the real world of work.

Examples of evidence are to include:

  • Linkage with employers
  • Working with other schools / colleges / universities
  • Linkage with the community
  • Projects delivery incorporating STEM and work related soft skills
  • Outlining activities that raise student aspirations
  • How the learning experience encourages students entrepreneurial spirit
  • Other actions helping deliver a more enriched enterprise education


Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Lowestoft Vision are delighted to be sponsoring the
Excellence in Customer Service Award 
(1-10 employees)

 

 

In May 2013, Lowestoft became a Business Improvement District (BID) after a resounding ‘YES’ vote from the businesses and retailers in the BID area.

The BID is run by Lowestoft Vision and its aims are to make Lowestoft more secure, more attractive and more appealing to those who live, work and visit, through many projects like the turtle trail and this year’s Freddie Fish trail, the Christmas lights, the 1940’s weekend, the floral displays and drop down banners in town, the town radio scheme plus lots more.

Lowestoft Vision is based within the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney offices.

For further information on Lowestoft Vision please contact ann-marie@lowestoftvision.co.uk or visit www.lowestoftvision.co.uk

This award is open to all sector businesses who employ 1-10 members of staff and have a strong customer-focused ethos, a company that strives to improve customer service or does something different for their clients.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and show evidence of:

  • Key points of their customer care policy
  • How they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring that everything that the company does has the customer at its core
  • Processes in place to train and monitor their team to ensure continual improvement in customer care
  • How they deal with customer care issues and evidence of positive response
  • How they set targets for customer care and service and does everyone in the company understand how their individual actions impact on these targets


Evidence could include examples of customer testimonials, feedback and evaluation.

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Essex & Suffolk Water are delighted to be sponsoring
the Excellence in Customer Service Award 
(11+ employees)

 

 

Essex & Suffolk Water supplies top quality drinking water to a quarter of a million customers in Suffolk. They working hard to become the national leader in what they does; central to this is providing the very best possible customer service.

Part of Northumbrian Water Group, Lowestoft is home to the company’s major customer centre: Trinity House at the Riverside complex, where hundreds of local people are employed. The purpose built centre was opened in 2014 and is a major part of the company’s operations.

Essex & Suffolk Water is proud to be part of the community in Lowestoft and Suffolk and strives to give something back; to help those communities and local environment prosper and thrive. One example of this is the company’s volunteer programme, which gives each employee at least 15 hours a year of paid work time to support causes close to their hearts. Their commitment in this area is one of the reasons it has been recognised as one of the world’s most ethical company by the Ethisphere Institute; one of only four UK-based companies and 130 companies worldwide listed in 2016.

Award Criteria

This award is open to all sector businesses who employ over 11 members of staff and have a strong customer-focused ethos, a company that strives to improve customer service or does something different for their clients.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and show evidence of:

  • Key points of their customer care policy
  • How they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring that everything that the company does has the customer at its core
  • How they deal with customer care issues and evidence of positive response
  • How they set targets for customer care and service

Evidence could include examples of customer testimonials, feedback and evaluation.

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Lovewell Blake are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Family Business of the Year Award 

 

 

Lovewell Blake was established more than 20 years before the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), becoming a founder member. Lovewell Blake is reputed to be the oldest accountancy firm retaining its original name. As one of the region’s leading firms of independent chartered accountants, they have the resources and expertise to handle all your needs. They have specialists in all areas of accounting, auditing and tax planning who can be contacted at any one of their local offices.

They advise on all aspects of business, with special expertise for family businesses so important to the East Anglian economy. They help individual clients with tax planning and managing their wealth.

Award Criteria

This award will recognise and celebrate the unique contribution family businesses have made to Lowestoft & Waveney’s economy, history and culture. For a family business, more than any other, values are the connective tissue - the source of your success, your commitment, and your longevity. 

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their family business, to include length of trading/history and evidence of any of the following areas:

  • What differentiates their family’s business products or services from those of their competitors?
  • What is their family vision for the future of the business and what plans are in place with regards to succession planning?
  • Brand values – To what extent does their brand reflect their family values and how do they promote their family values in marketing & promotions?
  • Have next generation family members brought new ways of working or innovation to the business? If so, how has this impacted on the business?

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

 

ABP Ports are delighted to be
sponsoring the
Growing Business Award 

 

 

Situated directly opposite major Continental ports, the Port of Lowestoft serves the busy sea routes between the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States. The port is home to the Operation and Maintenance Base for Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm and to a substantial fleet of offshore standby / support vessels. The port's Inner and Outer Harbours accommodate project and specialised cargoes.

Award Criteria

A growing and investing business is an important part of a successful economy, whether its job security for staff, helping with increasing employment in the community or a positive impact on local supply chain. 

This award will recognise any size business in any sector that can demonstrate and show evidence of growth, innovation or investment in Waveney through either investment or additional funding, acquisition, new premises, developing innovative products, improving existing products and services to increase their product range, use of business mentors, recruitment of staff or training staff to meet customer needs, selling products online all which in turn lead to a growing business.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and how it is growing and if possible include:

  • Turnover for last financial year
  • Forecasted turnover for current financial year

Showing evidence of: (include only those applicable)

  • Investment / Additional funding / Acquisition / Premises
  • Product Innovation and/or improvement / increase range of services
  • Use of business mentors / recruitment of staff / staff training
  • Introduction of online sales opportunities / social media promotions

If trading internationally please include:

  • Number of years operating / trading overseas
  • Estimated percentage turnover due to international trade last year (if applicable)
  • The locations where you operate / trade internationally (200 words max)

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

 

Waveney District Council are delighted
to be sponsoring the Local Tourism /
Hospitality / Leisure Award 

 

The Economic Development and Regeneration Teams at Waveney District Council are responsible for creating opportunities to achieve a vibrant and sustainable local economy through a programme of physical economic regeneration projects and business support.

They support delivery of key regeneration and investment opportunities, plus business and job creation in partnership with a range of partners, including Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce, Waveney Business Forum, Suffolk County Council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance.

Key areas of work include energy sector support and development; developing and promoting skills for current and future job opportunities; promoting the area’s assets and facilities to potential employers/investors and delivering projects within regeneration areas of Lowestoft.

The Council is committed to promoting economic growth and generating inward investment to stimulate a prosperous, innovative, diverse, sustainable and dynamic economy. As their business plan for 2012-2022 states, Waveney Means Business.

Award Criteria

Covering all aspects of tourism, hospitality and leisure including culture, this award will recognise excellence in these specific areas as well as looking for evidence of promoting Lowestoft and/or Waveney as a tourist destination that in turn drives economic growth. Entrants are asked to provide evidence of their services/facilities that offer any the following:

  • A unique visitor experience
  • Leisure/cultural facilities for locals and tourists
  • High quality accommodation
  • Service of delicious food or a unique dining experience
  • Recognise innovative ways of attracting new visitors through the use of technology and social media
  • Evidence of customer feedback


Waveney District Council would like to recognise the commitment that you have shown to our tourism and hospitality industry and to win an award will help showcase your product and raise awareness of Lowestoft and/or Waveney.

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

East Coast College are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Most Promising New Business Award 

 

The professional and technical training and skills landscape has made an exciting step forward in the East of England through the merger of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Colleges to form East Coast College (ECC).

Apprenticeships and serving the offshore wind value chain
As an internationally renowned maritime and offshore training centre, ECC is approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), OPITO and the Nautical Institute and has unique expertise in a host of offshore training for offshore wind farm personnel and companies.  ECC is also a major provider of apprenticeships at all levels and works closely with over 800 local employers to ensure they get the most from the new Apprenticeship Levy.

From Passion to Profession
East Coast College prides itself on its ability to better equip students for university, an apprenticeship and their profession:  through the development of soft skills, character and attitude, combined with top quality technical and professional training, ECC really is focused on turning a ‘passion to a profession’.

University of Suffolk
ECC is a partner college of the University of Suffolk, offering degrees and HNDs to local adults wishing to develop or start a new career. And for those returning to education, the college has a host of Access courses that provide the all-important spring board and study skills to start a degree.

Award Criteria


This Award celebrates new companies that have been operating for three years or less within Lowestoft & Waveney.

It will recognise new entrepreneurs and business whose initial targets for growth and financial performance have been reached or exceeded during their lifetime of trading so far.

Entrants are asked to provide evidence of:

  • The background of their business and the research undertaken when the business was in development
  • How start-up was achieved
  • How the company has performed and growth to date
  • Strength and stability of business
  • Understanding of the market in which they operate
  • Vision / Strategy for future development/projections
  • Funding arrangements and investment plans for the business


By doing so they could receive the reward for successfully setting up their own business.

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Archant are delighted to be
sponsoring the Recognition of
Lifetime Achievement Award 

 

 

Archant is one of the UK's largest independently-owned regional media businesses. It is a community media company active in the fields of regional newspapers, magazines and websites, specialist and customer publishing, contract printing, event management, digital publishing and related activities. Archant can trace its roots back over 165 years and today remains one of the country’s largest independent media businesses. As a private company it employs 1850 people right across England. Its head office is in Norwich and has an annual turnover of £142 million. Archant produces four daily regional newspapers and around 50 weekly titles with a combined circulation of 1.7 million copies every week. It is a UK top seven regional newspaper publisher.

Archant is delighted to be sponsoring our Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award and is dedicating it as a tribute to their much loved former Journal Editor Mr Barry Hartley. Barry edited The Journal for 17 years - the fourth longest stint of all editors in The Journal’s 138-year history - between 1985 and 2002.

Award Criteria

This accolade recognises long time serving people in our local business community.

These awards will honour one local individual who deserves to be recognised for their lifetime of unrelenting commitment, hard work, talent and contributions to either of the following or similar:

  • The success of their own business or the company they work/worked for
  • Their contributions to local community projects or charitable organisations
  • Their dedication to Lowestoft and/or Waveney to make it a nicer place to live and work


Who will be recognised for their Lifetime Achievement and Commitment to Lowestoft and/or Waveney in 2017?

 

Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!

Ivy House Country Hotel are delighted
to be sponsoring the Young
Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

 

 

Hidden on the banks of Oulton Broad in 21 acres of beautiful surroundings, Ivy House Country Hotel is the perfect place to stay or visit to enjoy fantastic hospitality, local attractions, relaxing walks and great food.

Purchased in July 2013 by Dr Adrian Parton MBE and now very much a family business, the team at Ivy House Country Hotel focuses on excellence in customer service to provide their guests with the best stay possible.

Award Criteria

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises the excellent work of young professionals who show considerable promise as potential future leaders. The award was open to individuals under the age of 35 years/born after 1st January 1983. This could be someone who has started up their own business or has made an outstanding contribution toward or has been instrumental in the success of a business.

This award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional vision, business flair and leadership in either:

  • Their own business
  • A leadership role within a local company

Evidence is asked to show examples of:

  • Business flair
  • Leadership
  • Development of new initiatives
  • Evidence of exceeding customer expectations
  • Raising the organisations profile

Could you be our Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017?



Please note the Awards are now closed for entries

Good Luck to all entrants!