It was a night of recognition and celebration as 15 awards were handed out to businesses across Tendring at a glittering ceremony.
Tendring Blue Ribbon 2017 was staged at Clacton’s Princes Theatre with winners and nominees coming from right across the district.
Companies, organisations and individuals collected their awards on stage with more than 300 people attending the prestigious event.
It was the second year that Jamesons, Barclays and Tendring District Council (TDC) had held the awards which were decided by a prominent panel of judges which comprised of George Kieffer, Lynda Chase-Gardener, Andy Scott and MPs Bernard Jenkin and Giles Watling.
The judges were all there to see the winners announced on the night.
Christine Brown, from Jamesons, said it was a fantastic red carpet evening and it was good to see so many businesses getting together under one roof.
“We had a real spread of winners from across Tendring and there were so many worthy nominations again this year,” she said.
“It was fantastic that last year’s winners came forward to sponsor the individual awards that they picked up last time around and it would be marvellous if that was to continue.
“The smiles on faces said it all and there was a real sense of achievement right around the room.”
The event also raised £2,307.50 each for Help Alexia Walk and Stanley’s Heroes Family Fund.
Dom Atkins, who was joined by his wife actress Carli Norris, was the evening’s host while musical entertainment was provided by Tracey Moorhouse.
Sadie Moore, from Barclays, was also delighted with the ceremony and thanked all those who had sponsored and supported the event.
“We could not have done this without them and they certainly helped to make it such a very special celebratory occasion,” she added.
“We will soon be starting the preparations for Tendring Blue Ribbon 2018 to ensure that these awards go from strength to strength.”
Zoe Fairley, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth who presented the judges award, said that the event showed the real depth of business talent and entrepreneurship across Tendring.
“Each and every one of them deserved their accolades and nominations and I hope that it spurs them on to strive for even more success in the future,” she said.
“They are all so important to the district and provide hundreds of our residents with jobs. We will do all we can as a Council to help them prosper and will continue to work closely with them.”
The awards went to: Tradesperson of the Year – Jamie Johnson (The Boilerman), Great Clacton; Start up Business – The Manor, Great Holland; Fast Track Growth – Hasty’s Adventure Farm, Clacton; Business in the Community – Lacey’s Bridal Boutique, Clacton; Entrepreneur of the Year – Kara Dale, Thorpe; Customer Excellence - Sta-Lok, Mistley.
Retailer of the Year – Ford Barns Country Store, Tendring; Employee of the Year, Colin Taylor of Funland, St Osyth; Hospitality and Leisure – Clacton Pier; Employer of the Year – Ellisons, Frinton and Clacton; Innovation in Design and Technology – CFB Boilers, Clacton; Apprentice of the Year – Maddison Pleasants of Rose Builders, Lawford; Team of the Year – Willow Tree Day Nursery, Great Clacton; Health and Care Sector – Five Stacks Car Home, Point Clear.
The overall Judges Award went to Sta-Lok of Mistley.