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Bury Free Press Business Awards: Celebrating business for the greater good

Business can bring many benefits; not only to the owners and staff themselves, but to the community and society as a whole.

Out final award in this year’s Bury Free Press Business Awards is that for Lifetime Achievement.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises a business person or organisation whose culture and commercial principles are targeted at bringing a greater good - and solving social challenges for our local communities.

Nic Rumsey, managing director, Jaynic
Nic Rumsey, managing director, Jaynic

It is backed by the awards lead sponsor Jaynic Properties Ltd, a property development, land promotion and investment company now based in Bury St Edmunds.

Recent projects for the company include the construction of an 870,000 sq ft warehouse on Suffolk Business Park and also the EpiCentre in Haverhill.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is for those business people in West Suffolk that have made a positive difference to the area with pioneering ideas and approaches with a sustainable and lasting business model.

Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Lifetime Achievement Award - Simon Pott. Picture by Richard Marsham
Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Lifetime Achievement Award - Simon Pott. Picture by Richard Marsham

The Bury Free Press Business Awards 2021 will take place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on October 15 and features 13 categories, in total.

Nic Rumsey, managing director of Jaynic, said: “The lifetime award for us means making a long-term commitment that creates long lasting community benefits, rather than a short-term ‘in-out’ gain.

“The award recognises those individuals or organisations that create success not just in a limited way or only for themselves but within the wider community in which they operate.

While this can involve job creation ensuring financial security for a local workforce, the award may well recognise wider measures of achievement giving back benefits to the community.

“For example, it may help those less able to support themselves whether financially or through training and mentoring, supporting environmental initiatives at a time when climate change is creating so much global concern, or helping to create a more cohesive and caring society through leadership or participation in local civic societies.”

Mr Rumsey added: “It is with this ethos of long-term achievement encapsulating the values outlined above that will be the guiding parameters for the judges.

“We are happy to support the awards for a second year running and all the more so after the extremely difficult 18 months everyone has had adapting to a new normal as a result of the pandemic.

“The business awards are a great way for business to come back in the wonderful surroundings of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, itself a great example of longevity, enjoying face-to-face bonhomie and sharing experiences that has been so missed over the last year.”

Award categories:

1. Business Leader of the Year
(sponsor: Ashtons Legal)

2. Contribution to the Community
(sponsor: Suffolk News)

3. Employee of the Year
(sponsor: West Suffolk College)

4. Green / Environment Award
(sponsor: Bury Free Press)

5. Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
(sponsor: WS Training)

6. West Suffolk Award for Innovation
(sponsor: Treatt)

7. Customer Service Award
(sponsor: Our Bury St Edmunds)

8. Best New Start-Up
(sponsor: Menta)

9. Business of the Year
(sponsor: Suffolk Chamber)

10. Investing in West Suffolk
(sponsor: West Suffolk Council)

11. Rural Enterprise
(sponsor: Fornham Business Court)

12. Lifetime Achievement
(sponsor: Jaynic)

13. The Rainbow Award

To nominate businesses or individuals for any of the categories, visit


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