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Bury Free Press Business Awards celebrate those who go that extra mile for their company and community




Going that extra mile for either your company or community.

That’s the key to our next two categories for the Bury Free Business Awards, which will take place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, on October 15.

For Employee of the Year, nominees will have gone the extra mile in their job to achieve something amazing, or overcome adversity in their professional life and continued to deliver an excellent service.

Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Contribution to the Community Award - Oakes Barn Partnership Ltd. Far right: Ricky Allan, chief revenue officer at Iliffe Media Group, which is sponsoring the award again this year. Picture by Richard Marsham
Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Contribution to the Community Award - Oakes Barn Partnership Ltd. Far right: Ricky Allan, chief revenue officer at Iliffe Media Group, which is sponsoring the award again this year. Picture by Richard Marsham

The person should be a role model to their colleagues.

Meanwhile nominees to the Contribution to Community Award will recognises a business or business person who has made a positive contribution to the local community, making an extra effort to bring the community together, or gone out of their way to help others or a charity.

The award is for those who improve the locality for the benefit of everyone.

Phil Stittle, executive director for business development at West Suffolk College.
Phil Stittle, executive director for business development at West Suffolk College.

Phil Stittle, executive director for business development at West Suffolk College, which is sponsoring the Employee of the Year award, said: “As a college we recognise the amazing talent that lives and works in West Suffolk; as an individual who has built a career having been born and raised in Bury, it’s always a proud moment to celebrate all of the amazing business success stories at these awards.

“The category we are sponsoring will look to find an employee who goes the extra mile.

Whatever it may be, the last 12 months has seen so many individuals step up to support others, so the job of choosing a winner will not be easy, but it will be a job we will relish.

“We will also relish the opportunity to join together as a community at the Cathedral in October, to salute the outstanding excellence that has been achieved by so many people living right on our doorsteps.”

The glittering awards showcase, across 13 categories, will also provide a platform for some of the finest business minds to reconnect.

Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Employee of the Year - Alex Ball. Picture by Richard Marsham.
Bury Free Press Business Awards 2019 - Employee of the Year - Alex Ball. Picture by Richard Marsham.

Ricky Allan, chief revenue officer at Iliffe Media Group, which is sponsoring the Contribution to Community award, said: “The past year has been a challenging one for all our communities and local businesses, challenges for business owners to remain afloat and the challenge to hold on to the success worked so hard for over many years, and all at a time where our communities have been threatened with the worst pandemic most will ever see in their lifetime.

But despite that challenge, there are individuals in our community that galvanise others to ensure, despite personal risk, the community as a whole, did all it could to help others get through the pain.

“That is the reason, Iliffe Media Group wanted to support this award - to ensure those people, that individual is recognised and thanked. It is with great privilege that Iliffe Media Group sponsors the award.”

The 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 Young Entrepreneur

(sponsor: West Suffolk Council)

11 Rural Enterprise

(sponsor: Fornham Business Court)

12 Lifetime Achievement

(sponsor: Jaynic)

13 The Rainbow Award

To be announced

To nominate, visit www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk

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