Business of the Year Sponsored by Barclays
The Barclays business of the year award forms the hightlight of the EDP Business Awards ceremony where all shortlisted finalists get the chance to secure the coveted prize.
Last year’s winner Blue Sky Leisure impressed the judges with its diverse and successful range of businesses.
A family-owned leisure group with a long track record of delivering a high quality service to its customers, its brands are well-known in Norfolk and include the divisional trading businesses of Blue Sky Homes, Kelling Heath, Woodhill Park, Zaks American Restaurants, and Imagine Spa at Blofield Heath.
Tim Seeley, Head of East Anglia, Corporate Banking at Barclays, said: “Barclays has been an integral part of business in East Anglia since the 1700s, growing since
then to have a presence in major markets around the world. As we
see the economy recover, we continue to support our clients in their business goals in East Anglia and the opportunities they are seeing.
“The Business of the Year category looks for the business that shines out, is forward thinking, innovative, strategic and strong. The energy and depth of knowledge displayed by the corporate businesses we work with are a continual source of inspiration for us and we look forward to celebrating business success at the Awards.”
He added: “At Barclays, we are fully committed to supporting our clients, in particular, helping them to fulfil their growth potential. The last few years have seen unprecedented challenges for businesses across the UK and we are focussed to deliver for our clients, ensuring they are at the heart of everything we do.
“Recognising the achievements of businesses is more important than ever before as we start to see as
optimism flourish in the UK. It is great to see that many local businesses are investing for the future, creating wealth and employment, investing in new technologies or exploring new markets for exports. There are some terrific success stories across this region and Barclays is committed to helping its clients to realise their growth ambitions.
“We are therefore delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Barclays Business of the Year’ award at the 2014 EDP Business Awards.”
This is the award of awards in the world of Norfolk business.
This accolade will go to the winner of winners – picked by the judges and not for separate entry.
Judges will look for a brand or organisation which has achieved great things in the last 12
They will assess the company’s brand profile within its customer audience, its financial standing, its community relations and its environmental sympathies.
Judges will particularly be looking for an organisation that Norfolk can be proud to have as an ambassador of working life in the county.
Winner: Natures Menu
Business of the Year 2014
Watton-based Natures Menu was crowned Barclays Business of the Year 2014 in this year’s EDP Business Awards.
The company, one of three businesses vying for the accolade, is a cat and dog food manufacturer employing 112 people and selling products direct to consumer and to 2750 pet stores throughout the UK and in 20 countries.
Its UK business base has become the model for its export strategy, with the business identifying target markets based on population, GDP and average income per household.
Since 2012 the export business has grown from £116,000 to £1m with contracts in place to see this rise to £2.5m next year.
The business exports to the Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark, with new markets in Finland, Sweden, Croatia, and Greece, becoming active this year.
"We are very clear that these awards are about broadcasting far and wide the message that our business community has plenty to offer and contribute to our economic success as a region and the wider economic good."Ben WoodsEDP Business Editor