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Bury Free Press Business Awards: It's time to celebrate success across West Suffolk in 2022

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One of the region's most respected and best attended business events is set for a grand return later this year.

The prestigious Bury Free Press Business Awards 2022 will be held at The Apex music and events venue in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, October 14.

Entries and nominations are now open across 11 categories, celebrating business excellence, whether on an individual or company level.

Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters (left) with the sponsors for this year's awards, at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters (left) with the sponsors for this year's awards, at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

The awards, now in its 11th year, showcase the most inspiring businesses and business minds across the length and breadth of West Suffolk.

The black tie gala evening itself offers a golden opportunity to network and share our vision to raise the profile of hardworking, enterprising and innovative companies.

The Bury Free Press West Suffolk Business Awards is your opportunity to showcase your business to a panel of judges made up of local business professionals.

Bury Free Press Business Awards
Bury Free Press Business Awards

You could win an industry recognised and much sought after award, local publicity and an advertising prize.

Our past winners have told us how, after taking part, they have opened up their business to a new audience, attracted new talent, and stood out from their competitors.

Suffolk property developer Jaynic is the lead sponsor of the awards for a third year running. Managing Director, Nic Rumsey, said: “As the economy experiences headwinds from these inflationary times as well as the knock-on effect of the terrible conflict in the Ukraine, it is vital that we recognise the enthusiasm of young and established companies alike.

“Businesses that have a clear understanding of their target markets and that create products and services that meet the customer’s needs while, at the same time, having regard to their impact on the environment, are those that should be rewarded at events such as the brilliant Bury Free Press awards.

The sponsors for the event in 2022
The sponsors for the event in 2022

“It is with this in mind that we would urge all those businesses in the region, that are proud of the contribution they make to the local, regional and wider economy, to enter the awards.

"Good luck to all those that do.”

The Cambridge Building Society, which opened a new branch in Bury St Edmunds in January, is also supporting the awards, for the first time.

Andy Jukes, head of customer engagement, said: “We’ve been delighted by the 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, and is 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.

“These awards recognise and reward local businesses with a credible accolade.

"That’s why 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 full list of sponsors include Jaynic, Ashtons Legal, Treatt, West Suffolk Council, West Suffolk College, Our Bury St Edmunds, Menta, Bury Free Press, WS Training, and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce (West Suffolk),

John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We have many fantastic, hard working and innovative businesses in West Suffolk but with so many of us leading busy lives, taking the time to stop and take stock of accomplishments isn’t always easy.

Winners of the the Bury Free Press / West Suffolk Business Awards 2021 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral last year. Picture by Mark Westley
Winners of the the Bury Free Press / West Suffolk Business Awards 2021 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral last year. Picture by Mark Westley

"That is why I always look forward to and love the Bury Free Press Business Awards. To me, they are a brilliant way to showcase businesses and the individuals at the heart of them, whose passion and dedication helps fuel their company’s success.”

“The council, with partners including the Bury Free Press, launched the Business Festival in 2011 to offer the opportunity for West Suffolk businesses to network, collaborate, further develop knowledge and skills and ultimately to help their business to grow and thrive here.

“The business awards are a key part of the festival, celebrating the hard work and triumphs of local businesses of all sizes in West Suffolk, many of whom are contributing towards the development of new skills and the creation of new employment, as well as of course to our economy.

“Both the festival and the awards showcase why West Suffolk is such a great place to locate and grow a business and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there.”

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press said: “We are delighted to launch the awards for 2022.

"It is once again an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful and vibrant business community which continues to go from strength to strength.”

The Awards 2022

Lifetime Achievement

(sponsored by Jaynic)

Business Leader of the Year

(Ashtons Legal)

The West Suffolk Award for Innovation


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


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)

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