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Judges full of praise for ‘remarkable’ coastal community and business awards shortlist

PUBLISHED: 12:26 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 05 February 2018

Sponsors of this year's Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Sponsors of this year's Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards. Picture: SIMON BALLARD


More than 35 community groups, projects and businesses have been shortlisted for prestigious awards to celebrate success of activities in Suffolk Coastal.

Winners celebrate at last year's Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards presentation dinner. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Winners celebrate at last year's Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards presentation dinner. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Organisers have announced the nominations for 13 awards – one to be chosen by public vote.

TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure at Suffolk Coastal council, said: “We were really pleased to receive so many entries this year from both established and new and upcoming businesses in Suffolk Coastal – so we’d like to thank everyone who’s nominated and voted so far.

“Our finalists reflect the hardworking businesses and people who are working to make our communities such fantastic places to live and work.”

Sponsor and judge, Debbie Ratcliffe, from Ufford Park, said: “The breadth and quantity of entries the judges had to review was remarkable. It was a tough process to select the finalists and really heart-warming to read about all the excellent work going on in Suffolk Coastal.”

Sponsor and judge, Niki Rousseau, communications and community relations at EDF Energy, said: “EDF Energy is delighted to support the Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards again this year. The Big Bang Award recognises those making advances in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths which is an area at the heart of EDF Energy’s business making it a perfect fit for our company.”


New Business of the Year: IP Twelve Lettings & Property Management; Inspirations CIC; SuffolkBabies. Business Growth Award: Archway Carpets; Heavenly Hair & Amaya Spa; David Button Independent Funeral directors. Customer Focus Award: Archway Carpets; R&S Hardware; Tilly & Grace. Encouraging Tourism: Framlingham Business Association; myFestival; Ufford Park Woodbridge. Services to the community (group): Kesgrave Town Councillors; Poppy’s Pantry; Leiston Town Pastors. Services to the community (individual): Ron Spore; Maggie Lusher; Ken Green. Big Bang Award: AHP Suffolk; Student Life Suffolk CIC.

Club of the Year: Felixstowe Road Runners; Woodbridge Shufflers; Felixstowe & Walton Unity FC. Great Idea Award: Jacky Carpenter & Sophie Ayers; MH100 Event; David Button Independent Funeral Directors. Health & Wellbeing: Art for Cure; AHP Suffolk; Kesgrave Junior Parkrun. People Development: Poppy’s Pantry; The Rock Project & Old Jet; Lofty Heights. Team of the Year: Homestart in Suffolk; Art for Cure Events; Leiston Town Pastors.

Voting has also opened for the Enabling Communities Award – the shortlist is Deben Community Farm (Melton), The Long Shop Museum in Leiston, Kesgrave Computer Club & Aldeburgh Play Area Project. People can vote for their favourite until February 28 at the Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards website.

Winners of the Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards will be announced at an awards dinner on March 15 at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

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