Denise Anderson Award

 The East of England is a region with plenty to celebrate and the Denise Anderson award recognises an outstanding achievement and contribution to the region’s business and economic success.

Sponsors Anglian Water are again supporting the award which is traditionally presented at the start of the awards ceremony.

The Denise Anderson Award was created in memory of the former director of Busines Link, who died tragically in 2003.
Adnams chief executive and then New Anglia chairman Andy Wood was awarded the accolade last year for his work driving the growth of Southwold brewery Adnams and his dynamic leadership of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
Peter Simpson, Anglian Water’s chief executive, said: “We may be in challenging economic times, but that hasn’t diminished the drive and enthusiasm that underpins innovation and success in the East of England. Given this difficult backdrop, it has never been more important to celebrate success wherever we find it.
“The challenges of a growing population and a changing climate mean we face an uncertain future. But if we’re to rise to these challenges, we need to be creative, innovative, and to work in collaboration. That is what will deliver a sustainable future for us all. It’s a contribution to this sustainable future that we look to recognise and congratulate with the Denise Anderson Award.
“Awards like this don’t mean that the job is done, but they do acknowledge that we’re making progress in a region that is a great place to do business. It shows us clearly why continued investment in the East of England remains money very well spent.
“We’re delighted to continue our association with the premier business awards in our region. Anything that rewards successful companies and individuals during difficult economic times is to be encouraged. The success of others inspires us to do more, and achieve even greater things, contributing to the excellence our region is famed for.”

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"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