Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards winners 2023
Sponsored by Pasta Foods
The team at ProspHER are the epitome of successful collaboration, bringing together business leaders, sponsors, service providers and local charities to develop a network for women to grow their careers. Their unique approach, clear understanding of their target market and passion for their purpose is inspirational and will affect the lives and careers of 1,000’s of women across the UK.
Highly Commended: Langley School and Nelsonspirit for creating a unique opportunity to grow and support young people through the Nelson Scholarship.
Finalist: Hemstock’s Jewellers Ltd (Diss)
Delta Fire Ltd
Sponsored by Hethel Innovation
Manufacturers and suppliers of fire fighting equipment to over 50 countries, Delta Fire have grown the business by increasing turnover, profitability and market share with robust plans for future growth. They have invested in new premises and machinery which has delivered handsome rewards.
Finalists: QETTLE, Sekura Mobile Intelligence
Laboratory Media Education CIC
Sponsored by Panel Graphic
Laboratory Media Education CIC are a music and media company using new and emerging technology to help educate young people and adults that might fall outside the traditional education system. Judges were impressed by the team's passion, innovation and commitment to try new ideas to achieve positive change in education, health and social inclusion, including the creative avenues explored to ignite interest in music.
Finalists: Colorifix Ltd, SNAP
Strictly Theatre Co
Sponsored by Mirus
The theatre sector was greatly impacted by the pandemic, unable to host shows and access government support. Determined to survive, the team at Strictly Theatre Co used the time to rebuild sets and develop new channels with their clients, showing a real passion and deep desire to bring arts back to the audience.
Highly Commended: High Grade House for not letting the pandemic stand in their way, developing their skills and qualifications and refurbishing the clinic during lockdown.
Finalist: The Orange Grove Clinic
Business Supporting the Community
Sponsored by InTouch Systems
Judges were very impressed by the team behind the magazine, who are helping, supporting and bringing together different parts of the local community. Wymondham Magazine are shining a light on positive stories and modernising their approach to journalism with the platforms they employ to reach a broad audience.
Highly Commended: Fetch Dog Walking & Training Ltd for making a difference to communities with their training services and wellbeing walks.
Finalist: Keeler Recruitment Ltd
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Jarrold Training
Judges were blown away by the investment Lotus has made in its employees; not only providing a quality workplace with clear opportunities for progression but ensuring all levels of leadership are engaged and available to create a true sense of inclusivity.
Finalists: Big C Cancer Charity, Midwich
Barnwell Print Ltd
Sponsored by University of East Anglia
Barnwell Print's commitment across all areas of the business to improve sustainability and environmental impact impressed the judges, implementing a carbon reduction strategy which has halved their carbon footprint.
Finalists: Bee Green Laundry, Colorifix Ltd
Chet Valley Vineyard Ltd
Excellence in Agriculture, Food and Drink
Sponsored by Woodforde’s Brewery
Chet Valley Vineyard has been developed with sustainability at the heart of the business and has an impressive growth plan for the future, including opening the vineyard to the public so they can pop down for a glass of wine and offering a tasting and conference room for local businesses to use. They also work with local schools and businesses to plant trees onsite and support local charities.
Finalists: Candi’s Cupboard, Norfolk Raider Cider Ltd
Starkings and Watson Hybrid Estate Agents (Poringland)
Excellence in Insurance, Financial and Professional Services
Sponsored by fignorwich
Judges were impressed by the clear commitment to customer care, embedded service values and team culture at Starkings and Watson Hybrid Estate Agents. They have demonstrated high growth in a short period and the agility to flex the business model in response to changes in the economic environment in which they operate.
Finalists: Scrutton Bland, US2U Consulting Ltd
ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure
Sponsored by Adnams
Winners of the Visitor Experience award for the second year in a row. ROARR! continues to evolve and develop its offering to existing and new customers, pushing the boundaries of experiences, driving high return visit numbers and strong reviews. The culture of constant improvement and customer focus is clear to see.
Finalists: BugzUK, The Norfolk Mead
Sponsored by CNC Building Control
Norfolk's only invertebrate zoo, BugzUK, opened in May 2022 in Lenwade, housing over 200 species. This new business is built around passion and has taken off with incredible speed, providing a unique educational experience for all ages with a clear plan for its future development.
Finalists: Nurture Marketing, Soul Cafe
The Recruiting Sergeant
Broadland Pub of the Year
Sponsored by Pub is The Hub
A family and dog friendly pub, restaurant and B&B in Horstead run by publicans Nicola and Matthew for over 30 years, The Recruiting Sergeant serves great food with a warm welcome and extremely well presented trading rooms. Excellent community involvement and a shining example of how a pub should be.
Finalists: Acle Bridge Inn, The Shoulder of Mutton
The Fox and Hounds
South Norfolk Pub of the Year
Sponsored by Pub is The Hub
A family and dog friendly pub that oozes atmosphere, The Fox and Hounds in Great Moulton, run by publican Ali, is the hub of the village, a place to dine with friends and family and to forge friendships over a pint. Offering locally sourced food and drink, an outside children's play area and lots of community involvement.
Finalists: SugarBeat Eating House, The Wheel of Fortune
Balloons & Bakes
Broadland Retailer of the Year
Sponsored by Big Sky Living
A one stop party shop in Old Catton, creating unique cakes of exceptional quality with great imagination. Offering a genuinely personal service, entering the shop is a truly welcoming experience with customer engagement second to none. Balloons & Bakes have quickly built an enviable reputation.
Finalists: Aylsham Garden Centre, Brundall Home Hardware
Church Farm Shop
South Norfolk Retailer of the Year
Sponsored by Big Sky Living
A family-run shop in Hethersett, stocking almost exclusively local produce, with a home delivery service and an emphasis on quality. They recycle nearly 100% of any waste product via an online recipe service, produced by a local chef. Church Farm Shop's personal service and customer engagement shone through.
Highly Commended: Norfolk Football for their superb online design facility for local sports teams and environmentally friendly printing service.
Finalist: Robinson’s Traditional Stationers
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