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Sitting in pride of place on the counter of Allison’s Knight’s vegan cafe is a glittering award.

In 2021, Allison’s Eatery proved a shining example and worthy winner of the Bury Free Press West Suffolk Business Award for Contribution to the Community.

Allison opened her cafe on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds in 2019 after first running it as a market stall. Since opening, she has become very much part of her local community and during the pandemic went above and beyond her own business needs.

The Bury Free Press Business Award 2021.Contribution to the Community winner, Allison's Eatery. Picture Richard Marsham
The Bury Free Press Business Award 2021.Contribution to the Community winner, Allison's Eatery. Picture Richard Marsham

The Contribution to the Community Award is this year sponsored by the Cambridge Building Society which has community very much at the heart of its business, too.

Allison said: “Never in a million years did I think I would win anything.

"I just do what I do and hope people enjoy it. The ceremony was a wonderful evening and the award now have pride of place behind the counter of my cafe.”

Andy Jukes, head of customer engagement, The Cambridge Building Society
Andy Jukes, head of customer engagement, The Cambridge Building Society

The Bury Free Press West Suffolk Business Awards take place this year at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, October 14.

This Contribution to the Community Award recognises a business or business person who has made a positive contribution to the local community.

It shines a spotlight on those making an extra effort to bring the community together - or those who go out of their way to help others or a charity.

It recognises those who improve the locality for the benefit of everyone.

During the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, Allison pulled out all the stops to help those who were struggling.

She opened the doors at Christmas for those feeling lonely, and made sure school children had a free hot meal during lockdown periods.

The Cambridge Building Society is a natural supporter of this award.

Andy Jukes, head of customer engagement, said: “We’ve been delighted by the warm reception we’ve received since opening our new store in Bury St Edmunds.

“We definitely feel part of the community and wanted to reflect that by sponsoring a local initiative that helps support local businesses in the community.

“The Cambridge Building Society was founded in 1850 by local people, for local people.

"We’ve been a member-owned mutual for more than 170 years, focused on helping people buy a home and offering a safe place to save.

“But more than that, we support our community in many other ways, one of which is sponsoring events and awards that help drive excellence, which in turn helps businesses to thrive.

“We are delighted to support and to help businesses raise their profile by giving them the opportunity to highlight the great work they do and celebrate their achievements.”

The categories:

Lifetime Achievement

(sponsored by Jaynic)

Business Leader of the Year

(Ashtons Legal)

The West Suffolk Award for Innovation

(Treatt)

Investing in West Suffolk Award

(West Suffolk Council)

Employee of the Year

(West Suffolk College)

Customer Service

(Our Bury St Edmunds)

Best New Start Up Business

(Menta)

Contribution to the Community

(The Cambridge Building Society)

Green/Environment Award

(Bury Free Press)

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

(WS Training)

Business of the Year

(Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, West Suffolk)

For more information and to enter the awards, visit: www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk