Finalists have been confirmed for the 2016 Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 15th September at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

We thank everyone who took the time to enter – this year’s entries were of a very high standard and covered a great many sectors. Congratulations to all our finalists for beating some very tough competition.

The finalists are:

  • New Business of the Year sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council
    • Ruby & Scarlett
    • The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe
    • It’s RED Ltd
  • Business Growth Award sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council
    • Marshall Hatchick
    • Pier Marketing
    • Inn Style
  • Services to the community (group) sponsored by EDF Energy
    • Wickham Market Town Team
    • Home-Start Suffolk East Ipswich & Coastal
    • Kesgrave Park Run
    • Brandeston Village Hall
  • Services to the community (individual) sponsored by Place for People
    • Steve Burch
    • Sue Thurlow
    • Sue Hall
  • Innovation sponsored by the Local Strategic Partnership
    • The Kinetic Science Foundation
    • React Computer Partnership
  • Great & Green Award – Adnams
    • Portal Woodlands Group
    • Greenprint Forum
  • Charity Champion sponsored by EB Carpets Felixstowe
    • Anglia Factors
    • Art For Cure
    • Steve Burch
  • Customer Focus Award sponsored by Bruisyard Hall
    • Suffolk Secrets
    • Framlingham Medical Practice
    • The Hearing Care Centre
    • Heritage Care at Home
  • People Development sponsored by Melton Day Nursery
    • Sue Hargadon
    • Christies Care Training Team
    • Lofty Heights
  • Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Ufford Park
    • Home-Start Suffolk East Ipswich & Coastal
    • Melton Primary School
    • Kesgrave Park Run
  • Encouraging Tourism sponsored by The Suffolk Coast DMO
    • Choose Woodbridge
    • Woodbridge Tide Mill
    • The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival
  • Team of the Year sponsored by Trade Supply Windows Limited
    • Kesgrave Park Run
    • Home-Start Suffolk East Ipswich & Coastal
    • Brierfield Care Home Team
  • Club of the Year – The Federation of Small Businesses
    • Sizewell Karate Club Senior Instructors
    • Woodbridge Rugby Club
    • Framlingham Flyers Running Club

Reactions so far…

Cllr Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure at Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “Due to the volume and quality of nominations this year, the judges had a really tough time deciding the finalists. The standard of nominations was very strong and we commend everyone who entered for the great work they are doing. We look forward to celebrating the efforts of all the finalists and announcing the winners at the dinner in September.”

Daniel Barr, Owner of Anglia Factors, said: “We’re really happy to have made it to the final three. We’re very keen on supporting the local community and the charities that provide so much, much needed support. We’re keeping everything crossed.”

Lin Barnes, Director of Christies Care, added: “We love these awards. They are such a great way for community groups and businesses to celebrate each other’s strengths and achievements. We’re very pleased to be finalists again this year.”

Rob Simpson, Chairman of Woodbridge Rugby Club, agreed: “So much effort goes into the wide range of clubs, businesses and groups in the Suffolk Coastal Community, we’re very proud to have made it this far. We look forward to celebrating with, and cheering on, all the finalists on the night.”