Finalists have been confirmed for the 2015 Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 12th March at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.
The finalists are:
Team of the Year, sponsored by Suffolk Sport: Felixstowe Hockey Club’s ‘Team FHC’ for making hockey accessible to the whole town, Home-Start Suffolk Coastal for the impressive teamwork demonstrated by their 90 volunteers and six members of staff and Kesgrave Parkrun, for recruiting so many volunteers to support amateur runners.
Services to the Community Award, sponsored by Park Properties: Level Two Youth Project for providing youth facilities in the Felixstowe area, Choose Woodbridge for the promotion of Woodbridge businesses and events, Maggie Lusher for her work at Kesgrave Library and James Lightfoot for his work on behalf of the people of Woodbridge, Framlingham and Brandeston.
The Great & Green Award, sponsored by The Hangar Kesgrave Hall: East Coast Carbon Efficiency Project for helping small to medium sized enterprises reduce their environmental impact, Midas Productions for reducing the carbon footprint of festivals, events and television production and Bawdsey Village Market putting food producers together with consumers.
The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by Bruisyard Hall: Best of Suffolk for constantly improving customer experience, Melton Day Nursery for focusing on the individual needs of their clients and Suffolk Secrets for managing the relationships between so many homeowners and holidaymakers.
The Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Places for People: Sizewell & Leiston Karate Club for helping people stay fit and safe, Kesgrave Parkrun for facilitating a weekly run for over 100 runners and SwimSure Swim School for teaching swimming in schools and members of the community.
Independent Business of the Year, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council: R & S Hardware & Garden for giving a boost to Wickham Market by starting a new business in the centre of the village, Anglia Factors for over 40 years’ at the heart of the community and Deben Travel for their charity work and work experience programme.
The Community Safety Award, sponsored by Adnams: Felixstowe Nightsafe for making the licensed premises of the town safe and enjoyable, Stirling Askew for coordinating Operation Camouflage at Rock Barracks and Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service for ensuring the maritime safety of Felixstowe’s residents, visitors and boat users.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by the Local Strategic Partnership: Derek and Ray of Wickham Market Library for providing free IT services, Midas Production for providing innovative power and production solutions and Bawdsey Village Market for providing convenient, local shopping.
Charity Champion Award, sponsored by EB Carpets Felixstowe: Mandy Hearle for her tireless work in support of Medecins Sans Frontieres, Woodbridge Shufflers Road Running Club for fundraising through the Woodbridge 10K and The Rotary Club of Woodbridge for their support for a variety of good causes.
The People Development Award, sponsored by EDF Energy: Sizewell & Leiston Karate Club for helping people to reach their full potential, Christies Care for providing leading training to its staff and the community and Derek and Ray at Wickham Market Library for enabling people to become computer literate.
Encouraging Tourism Award, sponsored by Suffolk Coastal District Council: Woodbridge Tide Mill for being an iconic, high quality tourist attraction, Best of Suffolk for raising standards of accommodation and Framlingham Business Association for increasing visits to the town.
Vote now for the winner of the Enabling Communities Award: Easton Bowls Club, Framlingham Tennis Club, East Anglian Sailing Trust, Waldringfield Flood Defence Group and Fresh Aspirations Forum. Vote for your favourite before 27th February at www.scbca.co.uk/enabling-communities-award/.
Cllr Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure at Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “We have had a fantastic response to this year’s competition, both in terms of an increased number and improved quality of the nominations we have seen. It is great to see the way this is growing and developing each year. Being nominated is a huge accolade in itself. All of the finalists have made a real contribution to improving their communities and helping local people. They should all feel proud to have reached this far, against strong competition, and I wish them well in the final round.”