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Suffolk: Aspall leads the way as awards celebrate the best in business at the EADT Business Awards 2014

13:29 11 July 2014

Barry Chevallier Guild of 
Business of  the Year winner Aspall.

Barry Chevallier Guild of Business of the Year winner Aspall.

Suffolk-based cider and vinegar maker Aspall last night claimed top honours at the 2014 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards.

The company, based at Aspall, near Debenham, and run by the eighth generation of the family of Clement Chavallier, who founded the business in 1728, first won the Family Business category, sponsored by Birketts.

And it then went on to receive the overall Business of the Year award – jointly sponsored by EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce – the recipient of which is selected from among all the category winners.

The awards, now in their 17th year and being supported by EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber as joint main sponsors for the third year running, were presented during a black tie dinner event held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, the home of the Suffolk Show.

A special award for Outstanding Achievement – sponsored by University Campus Suffolk – which was not open to direct entries but made at the judges’ discretion, went to the Suffolk Show, in recognition of its long record of showcasing the county.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Terry Baxter, chief executive of the education support charity Inspire Suffolk − for which a fund-raising prize draw was held during the evening − and featured a key note address from motivational speaker Mandy Hickson, who was one of the first female RAF pilots to serve in a front line Tornado squadron, including an active role in the conflict in Iraq.

A broad mix of award categories ensured recognition for businesses of all types and sizes. The Medium/Large Business of the Year award, sponsored by Larking Gowen, went to Ipswich-based Sanctuary Personnel while the Small Business of the Year title, sponsored by Picasso HR, was won by North Hill Dental, based in Colchester.

The Community Involvement award, sponsored by Adnams, was won by the Ipswich office of financial services friendly society LV=, the Community Safety and Crime Prevention award, sponsored by the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, went to Ipswich-based charity Lighthouse Women’s Aid and the Health and Wellbeing at Work award, sponsored by Healthy Ambitions, was won by the PPG Industries (UK) plant in Stowmarket.

Rade Digital, from Hinton, near Saxmundham, was the winner in the Business Broadband category, sponsored by Suffolk County Council, while OXEMS, based at Adastral Park, Martlesham, near Ipswich, won the Future50 One to Watch award, sponsored by NWES, which also supports the EADT’s Future50 listing of high growth potential firms in Suffolk.

East of England Co-operative Society, which operates across Norfolk, Suffolk and north Essex, received the Food and Farming Excellence award, sponsored by Suffolk Agricultural Association, and the Environment and Sustainability award, sponsored by Anglian Water Business, was won by Copella Fruit Juices from Boxford, near Sudbury,

The Customer Care award, sponsored by Albellio Greater Anglia, went to the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa in Newmarket and the Raising the Bar education award, jointly sponsored by Suffolk County Council and Norse, was won by Ipswich-based sixth form college One.

The evening also included two individual awards. The Director of the Year title, sponsored by Barclays, went to Andy Holdcroft, chief executive of Bury St Edmunds-based occupational health specialist RehabWorks.

And the Young Business Person category, jointly sponsored by Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College, was won by Jon Haynes of Firstfield Electrical, based at Badley, near Stowmarket.

For full coverage of last night’s awards ceremony, see next Tuesday’s EADT which will feature a 20-page EADT Business Awards special, as well as our regular Business East Monthly supplement.

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