Town set for first ever business awards

The Thetford Business Awards judges. Pictured from left to right are: Jeff Ward, from Centurion Safe

The Thetford Business Awards judges. Pictured from left to right are: Jeff Ward, from Centurion Safety, Thetford mayor and business owner Roy Brame; town councillor Sylvia Armes; organiser Gez Chetal; Nigel Armes from Crown Chicken and Brian Rutterford, from Rutterford Farm. Picture: Gez Chetal - Credit: Archant

Business owners in a Norfolk town are set to be celebrated this evening in the first ever Thetford Business Awards.

Organised by Gez Chetal, the executive director of Trust-House Lesiure, which runs the Thomas Paine Hotel in Thetford, it aims to celebrate businesses based in the town.

The awards kick-off at 7pm at The Carnegie Rooms where businesses have been nominated for a number of awards.

The categories are: Trainee Apprentice, nomination from companies; Mayors Award, selected by Mayor Roy Brame and Mrs Brame; Small Business of the Year (under five employees), nominations from the public and employees; Innovation, nominations from companies and employees; Employer of the Year, nominations from companies and employees; Helping Business in the Community, nominations from the public; Leisure, nominations from the public, Tourism, nominations from the public; Hospitality, nominations from the public, and Retail, nominations by the public.

Mr Chetal said: “The awards are designed to support and lift all local businesses to work and support each other.

“I have seen many areas all trying to work against each other which is not good for businesses. If a business is doing well, we need to support them.”

The Thetford and Brandon Times and various businesses from across the Thetford area are sponsoring the event.

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Mr Chetal hopes the awards will become an annual event.

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