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Finalists announced for Spirit of Enterprise Awards ahead of glittering awards ceremony

The finalists in the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough, are being announced ahead of a glittering awards ceremony this month.


Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the area's top-performing businesses, while boosting investor confidence in the strength of the local economy.

After weeks of anticipation, businesses shortlisted in the nine categories (see below) are being revealed. The winner of each category and the overall 2020 Business of the Year will be crowned during a grand awards ceremony and gala dinner to be held at the Town Hall's prestigious Assembly Room on Friday, March 27.

The main sponsor is last year's Business of the Year, API Microelectronics Ltd, who has chosen the 2020 Business of the Year from the winners of the other categories. The other award sponsors are P&S Personnel, Norse Group, Barclays PLC, Itron (UK) Ltd, ASCO World, Potters Friends Foundation, GYTABIA, Equinox Enterprises Ltd, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, plus multi-media sponsor Shaun Lawson Video.

The ceremony host will be Lee Derbyshire, an award-winning presenter who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, having performed and opened for a variety of acts including Joe Pasquale, Cannon and Ball, and Bobby Davro.

Cllr Carl Smith, the council leader, said: "Huge congratulations to all the finalists, who should be proud to be shortlisted in our prestigious and competitive awards scheme. We've seen another batch of strong entries this year. These businesses reflect the many and varied successful businesses, of various sizes and sectors, that operate locally.

"The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is about showcasing the many innovative, entrepreneurial and determined companies from across the borough's business community, helping to support the local economy and boost investor confidence.

"I look forward to meeting all the category finalists and winners, as well as the overall 2020 Business of the Year, at the awards ceremony. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors and the council staff who make this event possible."

The categories, sponsors and finalists are:

2020 Business of the Year - sponsored by API Microelectronics Ltd

  • Chosen from among the category winners.

Employer of the Year - sponsored by P&S Personnel

  • East Coast College
  • Haven Seashore Holiday Park
  • John G. Plummer & Associates

Great Customer Service - sponsored by Norse Group

  • Branford's Limited
  • The Imperial Hotel
  • King's Arms, Fleggburgh

Director/Business Owner of the Year - sponsored by Barclays PLC

  • Emma Jarvis of The Hair Base
  • Mark Dixon of King's Arms, Fleggburgh
  • Mark O'Mahony of P+S Personnel

Investing in Future Growth - sponsored by Itron (U.K.) Limited

  • En-Gen Diesel Products Limited
  • The Hair Base
  • Nemesis Consultants Ltd

SME (Small or Medium Enterprise) of the Year - sponsored by Equinox Enterprises Ltd

  • En-Gen Diesel Products Limited
  • King's Arms, Fleggburgh
  • Sam Race - Venue Decoration

Large Business of the Year - sponsored by ASCO World

  • Hammond Cars
  • Haven Seashore Holiday Park
  • P&S Personnel

Great Community Contribution - Sponsored by Potters Friends Foundation

  • Darling Darlings Cat Lounge
  • Smart Radio
  • The Island Cafe & Boating Lake (Access Community Trust)

Great Family Owned - sponsored by Great Yarmouth Borough Council

  • Branford's Limited
  • King's Arms, Fleggburgh
  • The Imperial Hotel

Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year - sponsored by GYTABIA

  • The Imperial Hotel
  • Haven Seashore Holiday Park
  • King's Arms, Fleggburgh
Last modified on 26 March 2020

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