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2019 East Suffolk Business and Community Award Winners

The 2019 East Suffolk Business & Community Awards took place on Thursday 3rd October at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall. Organised by East Suffolk Council, the Awards celebrated a vast array of business and community successes and initiatives from the last 18 months.

The evening was hosted for the fifth time by Steve Allen, the comedian, writer and presenter of BBC2’s The Mash Report. Parker Communications provided a stunning set and flawless AV support throughout.

This year saw a record number of entries for the awards, with over 60 businesses and groups represented on the night – alongside the many individual finalists and distinguished guests.

Coderus, The Hearing Care Centre, Student Life and Woodbridge Rugby Club were among the winners. A total of thirteen awards were presented throughout the evening, covering categories including Customer Focus, Services to the Community, People Development, Encouraging Tourism and Business Growth (full list below). The winners received an eco-friendly wooden trophy and all the finalists were given a bottle of Prosecco with their certificates.

Guests enjoyed an impressive meal of smoked chicken and ham hock terrine followed by roast Silverside of Dedham Vale beef with vanilla panna cotta for dessert. After the awards guests celebrated with live music from The East Coast Collective.

Cllr Letitia Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “It was a real pleasure being able to celebrate the dedication and commitment shown by local groups, individuals and businesses in supporting their local communities. It says a great deal about the fantastic community spirit across East Suffolk and is one of the reasons it is such a great place to live.

“I would like to congratulate our well-deserving winners whose hard work and commitment has helped improve their local area and the lives of the people who live there. I would also like to thank our sponsors and those who took the time to nominate for these special awards.”

New Business of the Year 
JoJo’s Kitchen and Bar is a small, family-run eatery in Lowestoft. 

Customer Focus Award
WINNER: Deben Travel Ltd – Founded by husband and wife team Lee and Sarah Hunt in 2012, Woodbridge-based Deben Travel are enjoying their 9th year of trading.  The independent travel agency has shown continuous and impressive growth over the years.
Business Growth Award 
Hearing Care Centre Ltd – the staff offer excellent customer care and strong financial performance.

Services to the community (Group)
Muncheon Mingle Inter-generational Events
Services to the community (Individual)
Julie Hedge – a volunteer for Home Start for almost 5 years

STEM Award
Coderus an innovative software development and consultancy company that offers educational visits to its site at the prestigious Innovation Martlesham tech hub.

Great Idea Award 
Student Life is a Suffolk wide initiative based around 10 core subjects and aims to encourage young people to take on an active leadership role.

People Development
Student Life gives young people the opportunity to seek advice about topics they often feel too embarrassed to discuss.
Health & Wellbeing 
Level 2 Youth Project a well-established service for young people aged 7-25yrs living in Felixstowe and surrounding villages.
Encouraging Tourism
Choose Woodbridge is a business and tourism organisation representing 184 businesses in Woodbridge and the surrounding area. I

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