Katherine Ryan confirmed as host of Norfolk Business Awards
Stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan has been confirmed as the star and host of the Norfolk Business Awards ceremony this November.
The awards have been launched today as the search for Norfolk's top business talent kicks off.
And at the heart of it when the awards are handed out at the Norfolk Showground in November will be the Canadian comic, writer and actress, known for her blend of pop-culture commentary and acerbic wit.
After treating guests to some of her trademark stand-up, she will host the awards ceremony to celebrate our county's business stars.
Her appearance marks a change of tone for the awards ceremony, which this year is being held later in the year so that businesses can get into the celebratory spirit as a team just a few weeks before Christmas.
Katherine has risen to prominence through her appearances on a range of panel shows and sitcoms, as well as her successful stand-up shows, which won her a respected Nivea Funny Women Award. She boasts a stream of TV credits from QI and Have I Got News For You, through to sit-com appearances in Episodes, turns at Live at the Apollo, and reality shows.
The free-to-enter awards are open across 11 categories, and awards will also be handed out for Outstanding Achievement and the overall Business of the Year, drawn from among all the finalists.
Eastern Daily Press business editor Mark Shields said: "We're really looking forward to having Katherine Ryan entertaining our guests and then hosting the Norfolk Business Awards.
"Our awards are always evolving and responding to what people ask for, so we hope that Katherine's involvement will mean this year's awards have a real party atmosphere - which is fitting as we celebrate some of the outstanding business achievements in our region."
He added: "Our theme this year is people. Ultimately that is what business comes down to - and it's what unites all our winners in recent years. From a cutting-edge AI developer to a leading tourist attraction, manufacturer or law firm, outstanding businesses are made by outstanding people.
"The Norfolk Business Awards are a chance to celebrate those people, recognise their achievements and inspire further success."
The Norfolk Business Awards will take place on Thursday, November 22 at the Norfolk Showground Arena.
More than 500 guests from the Norfolk business scene are expected at the event, which is the leading ceremony of its kind in the county.
The black-tie evening includes arrival drinks, a three-course dinner with wine, entertainment from our host Katherine Ryan, along with networking opportunities and live music throughout the evening.
- Tables of 10 will be available for purchase. For all ticket enquiries please contact the events team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01603 772224.
- Find out more about the Norfolk Business Awards by going to www.norfolkbusinessawards.co.uk