The 2020 Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards, organised by South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Councils, celebrate the excellence, innovation and best practice shown by businesses across the combined area.
This is the first time that the Councils have held joint Business Awards and an awards ceremony that was originally planned to be held in March unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So the winners for each of the eleven categories were announced on Wednesday, in a COVID-19 secure way across both Councils’ social media channels.
Chairman of Broadland District Council, Cllr Karen Vincent said: “It was a privilege to present the awards to recognise our local businesses and congratulate them on their outstanding achievements, from tackling Type 2 Diabetes to conserving ancient woods. These awards showcase the incredible diversity of business across the district.
Broadland is a great place to do business and I am proud that as a council we are doing all we can to help businesses of all shapes and sizes.
It is especially important we recognise the achievements of our local businesses now given the challenging year they have had. The determination and resourcefulness shown by all is epitomised by, award winner, myDNAhealth who has adapted their business to help in the fight against Covid.”
Cllr Graham Minshull, Chairman of South Norfolk District Council said: “This year has been a real challenge for our local businesses, and I am proud of the way we have worked together to support them. It was truly amazing to see so many examples of innovative thinking and a real determination to succeed. “
Fosters Solicitors are the headline sponsors of the awards, which have also been supported by media partner Greatest Hits Radio Norfolk and North Suffolk.
All 12,500 businesses that have an operating base in Broadland and South Norfolk were able to nominate themselves for an award, in ten of the eleven categories. Nominees for the Retailer of the Year Award were submitted by members of the public, with all those who nominated being entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher.
Ansible Motion, based at Hethel Innovation Centre, presented with two awards, including Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing. Commercial Manager, Gavin Farmer said:
“We are delighted to be recognised for the 2020 Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Award. Ansible Motion chose Norfolk as the preferred place to produce its advanced driving simulators simply because the manufacturing, engineering and contract manufacturing infrastructure and expertise was all available within a 30 mile range of Hethel. It provides the best location for us to create the high-fidelity products that our customers need to develop and validate new vehicles.”
SNAP were another business to receive two awards. Managing Director, Mark Garner said: “In our ongoing mission to digitalise the haulage industry, technology and ICT play a huge role in our business. So, we are thrilled to have been awarded the Excellence in Digital and ICT Award by the Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards 2020.”
Full list of winners of the Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards 2020:
Excellence in Digital Creative and ICT, sponsored by InTouch Systems
Excellence in Life Sciences, sponsored by Norwich Research Park
Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing, sponsored by Mirus Aircraft Seating
Credo Asset Finance
Excellence in Financial Services and Insurance, sponsored by Jarrold Training
Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink, sponsored by Pasta Foods
The Norfolk Mead
Visitor Economy Experience, sponsored by Adnams
Simon’s Table Ltd
New Business, sponsored by CNC Building Control
Business Growth, sponsored by Big Sky Living
International Business Growth, sponsored by Hethel International
Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney
Environmental Impact, sponsored by UEA's Low Carbon Innovation Fund
Our Slice of Country Life
Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Fosters Solicitors LLP