Winners are crowned at glittering EDP Business Awards 2017
The brightest stars in our business community were recognised last night as the winners of the EDP Business Awards 2017 were revealed.
The black-tie event at the Norfolk Showground was attended by nearly 500 of the county's business leaders, and culminated in the naming of Lintott Control Systems as the overall Barclays Business of the Year.
The Bowthorpe-based water treatment specialist was honoured for completing a turnaround which has seen it recognised as a standard-bearer for East Anglia's advanced manufacturing sector.
Thirteen awards were handed out in total on the biggest night of the year for Norfolk's business community.
Prof John Last, vice chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award, with judges recognising his contribution to the cultural and economic life of the region, in particular enhancing its reputation for digital talent.
The new Special Recognition Award was presented to Mark Pendlington in tribute to his three-year tenure as chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and his role in developing, championing and challenging the business community across Norfolk and beyond.
The theme of the 2017 awards was innovation, a quality demonstrated by winners from fields as diverse as artificial intelligence and medical diagnostics, to tourism and construction.
Jeff Henry, chief executive of Archant, publisher of the Eastern Daily Press, urged all companies to take inspiration from the night's winners.
"It's said we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day - unfortunately 95% of them are the same thoughts we had the day before," he said. "It is turning the unique ones into positive action that is the challenge."
Levi Roots, the entrepreneur whose Reggae Reggae Sauce won backing on Dragons' Den, was the guest speaker at the awards, offering insight into how he built his breakthrough into a £30m food-and-drink empire.
Money was raised for the Jessica-Jane Applegate appeal, organised by enterprise agency Nwes, to support the Paralympic swimmer's dream to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Business of the Year
Winner: Lintott Control Systems
Finalists: Camplings Linen, Snap Account (ETP Card Processing)
Outstanding Achievement Award
Prof John Last, Norwich University of the Arts
Winner: Developing Experts
Finalists: Lintott Control Systems, Epos Now
Winner: Iceni Diagnostics
Finalists: Lintott Control Systems, Agri-Tech East
Winner: Marine Teak
Finalists: Nu Image, Neil Thompson Boats
Investing in Future Growth
Winner: Lovell Partnerships
Finalists: Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Camplings Linen
Finalists: Gurney Environmental, Fresh Pod#
Winner: Hilltop Outdoor Centre
Finalists: NorseCare, Potters Resort
Future50 One to Watch
Winner: Thunderbrook Equestrian
Finalists: Snap Account (ETP Card Processing), Lifeline24
Winner: Bespak Europe
Finalists: Banham Poultry, Smithfield Foods
Skills of Tomorrow
Winner: Kickstart Norfolk
Finalists: Your Own Place, Arnolds Keys
Winner: Rainbird Technologies
Finalists: Immersive VR, Assemble
Special Recognition Award
Mark Pendlington, New Anglia LEP
Levi Roots John Last Jeff Henry Mark Pendlington Norwich University University of the Arts BARCLAYS BUSINESS Nwes Archant Eastern Daily Press Lintott Control Systems New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Tokyo