TOP-PERFORMING businesses are invited to showcase their achievements by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough.

Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing businesses, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy.

Great Yarmouth Businesses

Businesses of all sizes and sectors are encouraged to put themselves forward for the various awards by noon on Monday, October 15. The awards are free-of-charge to enter online at www.soea.co.uk and finalists will be profiled in a supplement in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, with winners appearing in a further supplement.

The finalists and winners will be showcased in the press and at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Town Hall’s prestigious Assembly Room on Friday, November 23.

Each award is backed by a local organisation. Sponsors choose the winner in their category from three finalists shortlisted by a local independent panel or by the category sponsor themselves.

This year, enterpriseGY is delighted to announce that the main sponsor is Noritake Itron, who will choose the 2018 Business of the Year from the winners of the other categories.

The categories and sponsors are:

Great Manufacturing/Engineering – sponsored by P&S Personnel

Great New Business – sponsor to be announced

Great Business Growth – sponsored by Bateman Groundworks

Great Business Idea – sponsored by Aston Shaw

Great Customer Services – sponsor to be announced

Great Family Owned Business – sponsored by Birketts

Great International Growth – sponsored by Pasta Foods

Great Investment in People – sponsored by GYB Services Ltd

Great Community Contribution – sponsored by Potters Friends Foundation



Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, said: “The Spirit of Enterprise Awards help to highlight the borough’s many and varied successful businesses, supporting our priority to work with partners to help champion and enable economic growth and job-creation in the area.

“For the businesses, having the chance to celebrate and be recognised for their achievements on the public stage brings important benefits, including raising their stature and reputation, and boosting staff pride.

“This wonderful showcase of successful businesses goes from strength to strength each year and helps to boost confidence in the local economy, helping to create favourable conditions for investment, sustainable growth and job-creation.

“There are lots of brilliant businesses across the borough, so make sure you submit your entry to stand the chance of being honoured as 2018 Business of the Year. I must also take this opportunity to thank the sponsors, including main sponsor Noritake Itron, without whom this wonderful celebration of business excellence would not be possible.”

Great Yarmouth Businesses seeking more information can visit www.soea.co.uk or call Michaela Smith-Moore on 01493 846380.

www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk