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Businesses may be facing challenging times, but the region remains a powerhouse of innovation and success, said Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water.

The firm is once again supporting the EDP Business Awards, and Denise Anderson Awards, which recognises the outstanding contribution an individual has made to the economy in East Anglia.

As the company charged with supplying drinking water to the driest part of the UK, Anglian Water understands the value in every drop and making the most of our most precious resources.

In the last five years, the company has invested more than £2bn in our region. And over the next five years, it will invest the same again.

The Denise Anderson Award was created in memory of the former director of Business Link, who died tragically in 2003.

Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson took centre stage as last year’s Denise Anderson award winner in recognition of a 20 year career at the theatre during which time he has overseen the transformation of the venue from a nearly derelict building into a centre piece for theatre and the arts in Norfolk.

Commenting on Anglian Water’s sponsorship of the EDP Business Awards, Mr Simpson, said: “The east of England remains a powerhouse of innovation, despite the particularly challenging economic circumstances we all currently face.

“It’s vital that we’re able to celebrate success in this environment. It provides the inspiration for us all to push ourselves that bit harder, and to achieve the excellence our region is famed for.

“The challenges of a growing population and a changing climate mean we face an uncertain future. But if we’re to rise to those challenges, we need to be creative, committed, and to work in collaboration. That is what will deliver a sustainable future for us all.

“We recognise the importance of constant innovation and improvement – but we also understand the importance of rewarding a good job done. The platform that these awards provide for the business leaders of today and tomorrow is exactly what such an entrepreneurial region needs. They show why continued investment in the East of England remains money very well spent.

“We’re delighted, once again, to be associated with the premier business awards in our region. Anything that rewards successful companies and individuals during difficult economic times is to be encouraged. It gives us all the ambition to do that bit better in the future, whatever today’s challenges might be.”