Now in their 20th year the awards, held at Trinity Park in Ipswich, celebrate the best in entrepreneurial endeavour and business practice throughout the region. A total of 15 accolades were handed out during the event which was attended by over 300 guests from companies across East Anglia.
The One to Watch Award recognises a stand-out Suffolk-based company which shows exceptional promise or demonstrates an ability to diversify in order to reach its full potential. In addition to looking for a pioneering approach to business, judges also considered the finalist’s performance over the year, as well as their forecasts for growth going forward.
The judges said; “Since its launch, Events Under Canvas has grown vastly year-on-year without compromising on quality of service. It has managed to retain a family feel to the organisation; its staff impressed us with their dedication and natural enthusiasm for all that they do. Uniquely managing to keep seasonal staff in an inspiring way, the retention is exemplary. They pay extreme attention to detail, and create distinctive spaces under canvas that adhere to necessities, fuel imaginations and create lasting memories. Now we just need to organise a party…”
Jenna Ackerley, Founder and Director of Events Under Canvas added; “We work incredibly hard to operate in a highly customer-focused and innovative manner and I am delighted that our efforts have been recognised with this fantastic award. We are so proud of what we have achieved to date and have a real drive to build on our success as we take the business forward”.
The 2017 awards ceremony was hosted by former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter, who is now chief executive of Inspire Suffolk and chairman of Ipswich Central, alongside guest speaker Bill Turnbull, former presenter on the BBC Breakfast programme and Suffolk resident.