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Bury Free Press Business Awards 2021: Nominations are open for Investing in West Suffolk Award




Investment is everything a ‘good, forward-thinking company should be’, according to the sponsor of the newest category in the Bury Free Press Business Awards.

Nominations are now open for the Investing in West Suffolk Award, which is aimed at recognising a business or individual within a business that has made or continues to make investment within the district.

The award winner – announced during a ceremony at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on October 15 – might be a growing small business, a larger business that has flourished and grown from its West Suffolk base, an individual who is an ambassador for the area, a commitment to staff and skills development, a wider contribution to the community through the creation of a social enterprise or the delivery of a programme of corporate social responsibility – or a number of the above.

Menta Business Centre, Hollands Road, Haverhill.The centre’s renovation, refurbishment and extension is complete and is being celebrated. Alex Till, Menta chief executiveAlex with West Suffolk Council (it provided the bulk of funding) leader John Griffiths, cabinet member for growth, Susan Glossop. Picture Mark Westley. (48957549)
Menta Business Centre, Hollands Road, Haverhill.The centre’s renovation, refurbishment and extension is complete and is being celebrated. Alex Till, Menta chief executiveAlex with West Suffolk Council (it provided the bulk of funding) leader John Griffiths, cabinet member for growth, Susan Glossop. Picture Mark Westley. (48957549)

The business must be based in and operate from the area covered by award sponsor West Suffolk Council.

The council – which is building on success and paving the way for jobs growth with two key enterprise zones, the formation of a new business improvement district and a regeneration project – says it is ‘delighted’ to be sponsoring the new category.

John Griffiths, council leader, said: “Investment isn’t always about money, shiny new headquarters, or dazzling bits of kit. It can also be about a culture, about investing in the progress of staff, making the time and effort to help them develop their skills and succession planning. And it’s also about what a company or even an individual within puts back, whether as an ambassador for the area, through social enterprise or corporate social responsibility.

“In short, it is everything a good forward-thinking company should be.”

Cllr Griffiths described the Investing in West Suffolk category as a ‘natural’ award for the council to sponsor, given one of its roles was to invest in enabling business growth and development.

“The work with our partners in education to boost skills and qualifications through BT Robotics as well as the STEM Centre at West Suffolk College and Abbeygate Sixth Form are just some examples,” said Cllr Griffiths.

“Then there are the financial investments we have made to help deliver Suffolk Business Park and Haverhill Research Park and in MENTA, all to support business growth and the creation of new jobs and skills here in West Suffolk. It doesn’t stop – with employment land being developed and we are also planning for the jobs and investment of tomorrow.

“Then there’s the festival itself, now in its 11th year. The council has invested time and money in working with partners to create the prestigious event to support business development, skills growth, networking and more – and we are very pleased to be doing it all again from October 4-15.”

The Bury Free Press Business Awards will be held as the finale of West Suffolk Business Festival.

“We are very much looking forward to celebrating the success of West Suffolk businesses once again,” added Cllr Griffiths.

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