An impressive collection of businesses, community groups and outstanding individuals have been announced as finalists in the East Suffolk Awards 2023.
The awards are all about recognising the achievements of organisations and people making a positive contribution to life in East Suffolk over the last 12 months.
This year’s awards were launched in November, with the winners due to be announced during an event at Snape Maltings on 28 February.
Run by East Suffolk Council, and last staged before the Covid pandemic in 2019, the awards are designed to celebrate excellence, innovation, community spirit and charity.
In addition, this year’s Community ‘Next Big Idea’ award will highlight originality in the development of a concept, creation or campaign – with the winner receiving a grant to help achieve their dream scheme.
Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, said:
“I’m excited to see such an impressive list of local businesses, groups and individuals making a positive difference to lives in East Suffolk.
“We received a lot of excellent applications highlighting many remarkable and inspiring achievements. It was a challenge to then reduce them down to a shortlist of final nominees.
“A huge congratulations to all finalists for their hard work and commitment over the last year – and thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the event happen.”
The nominations for the East Suffolk Awards 2023 are:
Team of the Year Award sponsored by Everyone Active
Catering Team, Northfield St Nicholas Primary School
Health and Wellbeing Award sponsored by Active Suffolk
New Business of the Year Award sponsored by Spider
The Good Dogg
Business Growth Award sponsored by ABP Associated British Ports
Great Idea Award sponsored by Cory Brothers Ltd
Sammy the Sea Squirt
St Philip’s Community Hub, Felixstowe
Green Impact Award sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Sizewell C Supply Chain
Andy Sutherland, Nexus Ramps
Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music
Encouraging Tourism Award sponsored by East Suffolk Council
Community ‘Next Big Idea’ Award sponsored by East Suffolk Council
Trustees of Jetty Lane
Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by EDF Energy
High Street of the Year sponsored by East Suffolk Means Business
Halesworth Town Centre
Leiston Community Land Trust
Community champion of the year (individual) sponsored by Places Leisure
Community of the year sponsored by East Suffolk Community Partnerships
Bealings Community Hub
Levington and Stratton Hall
Mike Bowden, Marketing and Partnerships Director for award sponsors Cory Brothers Shipping Agency, said:
“Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is delighted to sponsor the 2023 East Suffolk Awards.
“An almost hidden gem and certainly an unsung hero, Suffolk is vital for UK shipping and trade.
“As a global business celebrating 180 years trading and headquartered in Suffolk, Cory Brothers is always adapting to keep with the times. The ‘Great Idea’ award category is the perfect match for Cory as we continually seek innovation and new ideas.”
Click here to find out more about this year’s awards, nominees and sponsors.