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Bury St Edmunds Celebrates Business Excellence

Bury St Edmunds Celebrates Business Excellence

Last week we were pleased to attend the Bury Free Press Business Awards 2014.We joined a packed room at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds, where the event was hosted by TV celebrity, Penny Smith, along with more than 120 local business owners, employees and Award Sponsors came together to recognise the best among the West Suffolk business community.

The Bury Free Press Business Awards now in its third year, is a celebration of the diverse business and entrepreneurial talent that you will find in the local area. Categories included ‘Apprentice/Trainee of the Year’, ‘Employee of the Year’, ‘Business Person of the Year’, as well as ‘Business of the Year’.

As the East of England Regional Ambassadors for Trading for Good, we were invited as the guests of Tim Meadows-Smith, of New Media Business Group, the sponsor of the award for ‘Contribution to the Community’. For this award the judges were looking for evidence of the continuing commitment of local businesses/organisations to community service, public service or significant charitable contributions that benefit the community.

Tim Meadows-Smith said: “We are pleased to sponsor the Contribution to the Community Award as a way of encouraging our local businesses to consider the local community alongside their customers, staff and shareholders/stakeholders. The return on investment for capital and effort is easily measured in monetary profit and more easily felt in community interest.’ The runners-up for the ‘Contribution to the Community’ Award 2014 were Ravenwood Children's Trust, Towergate Insurance, and the winner was Gatehouse Charity (Bury St Edmunds Food Bank), pictured below.


Each of these businesses demonstrated great commitment to their local community through a wide range of activities, and Trading for Good were keen to recognise the efforts of these individual businesses through the presentation of certificates.

Events such as the Business Awards in Bury St Edmunds are a great way of recognising the contribution of local businesses. Trading for Good acts as an ongoing platform for local businesses to capture the good work they do all year round, work that often occurs and which is not shared.

If you are a small to medium sized business and have not yet signed up to Trading for Good take a moment and register your business today, and make this the start to recording your commitment to your local community. You may not be the finalist for a local business award, but the contributions of the business community is something we celebrate every day here on Trading for Good.

If you are based in the East of England, and you would like to get in touch with the Regional Ambassadors then you can contact us by emailing or

Natalie Chaplin
About the Author

Natalie Chaplin

Natalie is a skilled business professional with more than 20 years experience of working as a manager and leader across a number of industries, within both the private and public sector.

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