Headline Sponsor and Business of the Year
Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customers and clients, and by geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.
Find out how Barclays is supporting businesses across Norfolk and the rest of the UK. Connect with us now.
Sponsors of Employer of the Year
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, based in the East of England, with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, London and Norwich.
With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions, and individuals in the UK and internationally. We are large enough to provide specialist expertise in most areas of the law at a standard that is frequently compared with major City firms but not at the expense of maintaining a personal and tailored service. We are flexible about everything except our reputation for maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. If you think that Birketts is the right choice for you, then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Sponsors of SME of the Year
Computer Service Centre is a future-focused IT company assisting businesses in the planning, installation, maintenance, and support for all sorts of IT & communications technology.
Having delivered technical solutions to their customers for over two decades, they have grown to become one of the largest independent IT providers in Norfolk and North Suffolk.
As part of this growth and to certify their capability, they gained accreditations which are unique to their sector locally. To name just a couple, they hold BSI ISO27001 which demonstrates proficiency in information security management as well as BSI ISO9001, which ensures that their processes and procedures support the highest standard of service.
With a team of over 60 people, they work with all types of SMEs to become their outsourced IT department. Providing everything from infrastructure which includes the use of their very own data centre, hardware, software and networking solutions, to offering proactive 24/7 support for all of a user’s day to day needs.
Working with customers, they help discover innovative ways to collaborate and transform business operations with IT. With technology constantly evolving they develop strategies to future proof a company’s IT, stopping businesses reacting to crises and building the right infrastructure to support growth.
Simply put, Computer Service Centre’s mission is to allow businesses to focus on their own specialism, whilst they look after the IT. If you’re looking for a trusted IT partner, get in touch with the team today. Visit computerservicecentre.com or call 01603 431200 to find out more.
Sponsors of Business Person of the Year
FRP is a leading national business advisory firm.
Established in 2010, FRP offers a range of advisory services to companies, lenders, investors and other stakeholders, as well as individuals. These services include:
• Corporate Finance: mergers & acquisitions (M&A), strategic advisory and valuations, financial due diligence, capital raising, special situations M&A and partial exits. • Restructuring Advisory: corporate financial advisory, formal insolvency appointments, informal restructuring advisory, personal insolvency and general advice to all stakeholders. • Debt Advisory: raising and refinancing debt, debt amendments and extensions, restructuring debt, asset based lending and corporate and leveraged debt advisory. • Forensic Services: forensic investigations, compliance and risk advisory, dispute services and forensic technology. • Pensions Advisory: pension scheme transaction advisory, pension scheme restructuring advisory, covenant advisory and corporate governance.
In 2020, FRP acquired Norwich-headquartered JDC Group, the leading specialist corporate finance and forensic services firm in the East of England. The deal provided FRP with an immediate presence in the East of England and bolstered the firm’s Corporate Finance and Forensic Services offering.
FRP advises across multiple sectors and all business sizes, however it principally services smaller and mid-market companies. FRP has grown from its initial size of 29 partners in 2010 to a firm which now works from 22 offices throughout the UK, including Norwich and Essex, and comprises more than 480 staff including 74 partners.
Sponsors of Customer Excellence Awards
Greater Anglia is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Norfolk Business Awards. We are passionate about delivering excellent customer service and ensuring that the railways play their full part in helping our region to be both economically prosperous and a wonderful place to live. We are therefore committed to consistently raising customer service standards. We now have a complete fleet of brand-new trains, operating on all our Norfolk routes, transforming the travelling environment on all of our routes, providing more comfortable journeys, increasing seating capacity and improving reliability, as part of a £1.4 billion investment programme. Every single carriage has been replaced in the largest ever investment in trains in East Anglia. In Norfolk, all local routes are now operated with high quality, three or four carriage trains (not one, two or three carriages, as before). They are air conditioned and more accessible, with plug and USB points and free wifi. Over the last year we have been taking advantage of the benefits offered by the new trains to deliver record-breaking punctuality across our network. Our teams have also been doing an excellent job of keeping our trains clean and safe. We’re looking forward to welcoming more and more customers back on our trains as we recover from the pandemic and support the sustainable economic development of our region in line with decarbonisation targets. So excellent customer service really is at the heart of our plans to transform our region’s train services.
Sponsors The Green Business of the Year
Lovell is a five star partnership housing expert and a leading provider of innovative, high quality residential construction and regeneration developments across the UK, building homes, sourcing land and investing in communities. Lovell is an employer of choice, committed to caring about its people and providing opportunities including apprenticeships. It has been operating for over 50 years and is committed to climate change and the environment, using sustainable materials and reducing waste. Lovell has achieved a 62% reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over the past decade. Lovell is part of the Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group. Lovell has been building thousands of high quality homes for over 50 years, from apartments and family homes to stylish townhouses and affordable housing. The company has expertise in housing-led regeneration including new-build, open market housing, refurbishment, planned maintenance and assisted living. Lovell Later Living is a development partner for customers to deliver turn-key purpose-built extra care housing and care environments. Lovell combines its industry expertise and unrivalled local knowledge with a willingness to think innovatively and ambitiously to help transform communities, and leaves a lasting Lovell legacy everywhere it works. Innovation, collaboration, extensive expertise and best practice in sustainable housing all come as standard with Lovell. Lovell in East Anglia has sites across the region, including Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Sponsors The Disruptor of the Year
Lovewell Blake are a firm of Chartered Accountants and Financial Planners with 8 offices across East Anglia. We are extremely proud to be a UK top 50 firm and the oldest practice retaining its original name, having been formed in 1858. Lovewell Blake is also a proud member of HLB International, a global network of member firms across 158 counties globally. Whether you are starting in business for the first time, expanding your business overseas or managing your portfolio of assets, Lovewell Blake will be with you every step of the way. We pride ourselves in providing individually tailored services to our clients. Whatever their aspirations and priorities in business and life, we are by their side with expert advice from local specialists. It is because our clients needs are unique, that the solutions we provide are distinct and personalised.. That’s why we’re different – because each of our clients is different.
Sponsors of Changing Lives Special Recognition Award
From the soil to our health; Norwich Research Park’s vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research and delivering regional growth.
Norwich Research Park is home to a wealth of world class research. Its 3,000 scientists and clinicians work in some of the areas of greatest importance to society today, food and health. The unique mix that blends a major university teaching hospital with a leading university and internationally important Research Institutes provides an unbroken chain, each part aiding the progression of another, where our people are gaining new knowledge of soil, plants, therapeutics and diagnostics, food, nutrition, health and healthy ageing, all underpinned by world leading genomics.
Norwich Research Park will be an inspirational place to work; where the world will look, not only for answers to global challenges, but also to learn from our success at creating a true research and innovation community, where organisations and people flourish and grow, in an environment that breeds and nurtures creativity and wellbeing. Pioneering research, adventurous innovation, enterprising entrepreneurship and accelerated commercialisation will always be at the heart of our work, but we will also work with the community around us, its schools and its colleges, providing learning opportunities, jobs and local growth. Changing lives and rethinking society.
Sponsor of Employer of the Year
Pure Executive is the executive search division of Pure, the leading professional recruitment company for the East of England. As specialists in board appointments across diverse industries, we work with privately owned organisations, non-profit and listed businesses, delivering both interim and permanent executive appointments.
We believe inclusion and diversity is fundamental for organisations to flourish and through our work we advise and support organisations to develop inclusive people strategies. Our work extends beyond recruitment to leadership and board development, benchmarking of executive pay and reward and executive coaching. We support Boards to develop their internal talent through the Women’s Leadership Programme and Board Ready Talent Scheme.
Working in close partnership with our clients across the East of England, the wider team at Pure support 2200 people every year to find a new role, working with 850 organisations. This partnership is powerful, enabling us to work with your Board and senior teams to recruit and retain the best talent in this highly competitive market.
Sponsors of The Marketing Innovation Award
As an agency we thrive on the possibilities that exist from social connections, digital engagement, strategic planning and stunning design to help businesses grow. All underpinned by our people and their smart thinking. So, whether it’s the development of a creative idea, interpreting complex data, or simply sharing knowledge, it’s the relationships between us and our clients that are at the heart of everything we do. This is why our clients stay with us for twice as long as the industry average – because we deliver fantastic work built around them. And our formula isn’t complex. We simply get to know them, understand their challenges and then bring our insight from across the marketing mix to deliver against their brief. It’s simple, but it works. Thanks to this approach over the last 25 years Shorthose Russell has grown to become multi award-winning and is recognised as one of the most-respected marketing and communications agencies in the Eastern region. Working regionally, nationally and internationally across both B2C and B2C, we help businesses navigate the complex world of modern marketing, with genuine expertise across digital, design and communications disciplines. So if you’re looking to rethink, we’d love to chat.
Sponsors of Start-Up Business of the Year
UEA is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) and in the top 25 universities in the UK (The Times/Sunday Times 2021 and Complete University Guide 2021). Our research makes an economic and social impact way beyond our campus, with over 8o% of our research being assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
UEA has a track record of successful collaboration with large companies, start-ups and SMEs, and can facilitate access to a wide range of funding opportunities for businesses and other organisations.
Opportunities include:• Engaging an academic expert to help with a project or business challenge• Hosting a member of staff at your organisation• Recruiting a student or graduate intern• Commissioning a professional development course
Talk to us about your business needs and how we can help.