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.


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“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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