Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: All the winners and finalists from a night of celebrating success at Ely Cathedral

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: All the winners and finalists celebrating in

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: All the winners and finalists celebrating in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. - Credit: Archant

It was an evening of celebration as the Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards marked its ninth year last night.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Judges Award winner Silver Birch Pet Jets. De

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Judges Award winner Silver Birch Pet Jets. Dean Faulkner, owner, centre, was presented the award by Jo Evans, chairman of the Ely Chamber of Commerce. - Credit: Archant

Ely Cathedral’s stunning Lady Chapel was packed to the rafters with 260 guests that included sponsors, guests and representatives and owners from a range of companies that had made it to the final.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Employer of the Year winner Thorlabs Ltd and

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Employer of the Year winner Thorlabs Ltd and finalists. - Credit: Archant

As guests entered the beautifully-transformed venue, after posing for welcome photos and enjoying a drinks reception, Holly Jean, an acoustic singer-songwriter from Chatteris, provided the musical entertainment.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Employer of the Year winner Thorlabs Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Employer of the Year winner Thorlabs Ltd - Credit: Archant

After welcome speeches from Ely Standard editor John Elworthy, Patrick Peal, the chief executive of East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, guests enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: The Innovation Award winner Ellutia Ltd and f

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: The Innovation Award winner Ellutia Ltd and finalists - Credit: Archant

Following the meal, BBC Radio presenter Sue Dougan took to the stage to begin the awards ceremony.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: The Innovation Award winner Ellutia Ltd. Avri

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: The Innovation Award winner Ellutia Ltd. Avril House, sales director, centre. - Credit: Archant


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She said: “After the success of last year, we are pleased to see new and returning guests in the cathedral. This event would not be able to go ahead without you.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Business in the Community winner Milton Execu

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Business in the Community winner Milton Executive Cars Ltd - Credit: Archant

“These awards provide recognition for companies and individuals who are contributing to the business success, best practice and positive environmental impact in East Cambridgeshire.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Business in the Community winner Milton Execu

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Business in the Community winner Milton Executive Cars Ltd and finalists - Credit: Archant

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“Tonight is about recognising and rewarding companies and individuals who are making significant contributions to East Cambridgshire’s business community and economic development.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Retailer of the Year winner Lemon Tree Deli C

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Retailer of the Year winner Lemon Tree Deli Café and finalists. - Credit: Archant

“Our judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all the applicants and want to thank everyone who took the time to enter this year.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Retailer of the Year winner Lemon Tree Deli C

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Retailer of the Year winner Lemon Tree Deli Café. - Credit: Archant

Each award was marked by visiting judges, who represent the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses as well as representatives from the sponsors.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness, and finalists - Credit: Archant

The scores were based on a number of criteria “and our thanks go to them for their hard work”.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness. Paula Brown, head receptionist, and Jessica Crowe, operations manager, centre. - Credit: Archant

This year’s judges were: Joe Hemsley-Rudd, sales and marketing director at Ellgia Limited, Ian Poper, of Whiting & Partners, Rick Pridmore, managing director of RGP Security Services Ltd, Graham Buck, of the FSB, Ian Mallett, operations manager at JDR Manufacturing Operations, Alan Todd, chairman of the FSB Greater Cambridge branch, Ian Mitchell, finance director at Cambridge Commodities and Kieran Cross, partner of Fraser Dawbarns solicitors.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner, Atrium Fitness. Paula Brown, head receptionist, and Jessica Crowe, operations manager, centre. - Credit: Archant

Lucy Frazer MP said: “It is a pleasure to attend the Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards and meet so many dynamic, innovative and creative companies and entrepreneurs.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner Atrium Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Customer Service Award winner Atrium Fitness - Credit: Archant

“East Cambridgeshire has much to be proud of - we are the front runner in terms of business and employment growth across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area with over 15 per cent growth since 2009.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Medium Business of the Year Winner, Thorlabs

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Medium Business of the Year Winner, Thorlabs Ltd, and finalists. - Credit: Archant

“It is fantastic to hear about and see the diversity, vibrancy and success of the East Cambridgeshire business community.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Medium Business of the Year winner, Thorlabs

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Medium Business of the Year winner, Thorlabs Ltd. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017:

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: - Credit: Archant

New Business of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Small Business of the Year winner, Silver Oak

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Small Business of the Year winner, Silver Oak Coffee, and finalists. - Credit: Archant

This category was open to any company of any size, including sole traders that have been set up since January 1 2016.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Lancaster Hammond Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Ely Tuk Tuks, Lemon Tree Deli Café

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said the winner’s work is specialised, niche and evergreen.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

“The business saw excellent growth in a year, exceeding the targets set by founders,” said Mrs Dougan.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

“Debbie and Julian have a combined experience of many years in the industry and the business looks set to be a regular fixture in the Ely business community in years to come.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Julian Hammond, director of Lancaster Hammond Ltd, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be recognised by our peers in the local community. Our business isn’t the most usual in this community so we are delighted with the award.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Small Business of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This award was recognition of the role that small businesses, which provide a large percentage of employment in the area, play in our economy.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Silver Oak Coffee

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: D.G.Building (East Cambs) Ltd, Silver Bitch Pet Jets, Dynamic Creative, Inheritance Legal Services

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said Silver Oak Coffee is a great local business in a crowded market, but has positioned themselves well in a niche within the coffee market.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

“They show a great passion alongside great knowledge for coffee and are big on working with the community. A real team business,” said Mrs Dougan.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Bruce Garside, managing director and roaster, said: “I’m thrilled. I never expected we would win at all; we were pleased to even be finalists.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Medium Business of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Thorlabs Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Isle of Ely Produce, ST1 Group, Ellutia Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said “this is a truly impressive photonics manufacturing business that Ely should be very proud of, it is a global operation which has grown rapidle and is still expanding”.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Keith Dhese, general manager, said: “We are over the moon, it’s going to our people. We believe in a team environment and allowing our people to bring it to the party.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Mayor and Mayoress of Ely, Councillor Richard

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Mayor and Mayoress of Ely, Councillor Richard Hobbs, and Pat Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Customer Service Award

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Customers nominated their local businesses as they felt they demonstrated fantastic customer service and went out of their way to help customers.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Howard, Ben Jolley, John Elworthy and Mi

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Howard, Ben Jolley, John Elworthy and Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Atrium Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Milton Executive Cars Ltd, PA Answer, Inheritance Legal Services

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said the winner makes a great job of welcoming new members and supporting and encouraging current ones.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

“Atrium are a model example of how to create and manage customer service to great effect,” said Mrs Dougan.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Jessica Crowe, operations manager, and Paula Brown, head receptionist, said: “We feel overwhelmed and really happy. Atrium is like one big family; the staff and our members.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Retailer of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This category focused on sales performance and how the relationship between the business and the consumer is developed.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Lemon Tree Deli Café

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Interiors of Ely, Inheritance Legal Services

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said the winner has an excellent position in the market square and described it as a breath of fresh air from big brand coffee chains.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Adrian Kidd, owner, said: “I’m over the moon, it’s brilliant. I’d like to thank everyone that has been involved; our customers especially, because without them we wouldn’t be where we are. And my wonderful wife, Debbie, for making all the cakes.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Business in the Community

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This award was designed to recognise contribution to local communities.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Milton Executive Cars Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Witchford Lighting, Ely Farmhouse Furniture, Corkers Crisps

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges said the winner showed an excellent example of local community activities, outstanding staff voluntary involvement across a variety of charities. They were inspired by the team and how committed they are.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The Innovation Award

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This award was open to any business that has shown how they have introduced new ideas, techniques or technology, or how creative ideas are being turned into business success stories.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Ellutia Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Ely Tuk Tuks, Forces Recruitment, Silver Birch Pet Jets

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Jo Evans, chairman of the Ely Chamber of Comm

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Jo Evans, chairman of the Ely Chamber of Commerce. - Credit: Archant

The judges said “Ellutia Ltd are ana eceelent example of innovation which has an impact on a global scale, and are leaders in this technology”.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Avril House, sales director, said: “We’ve never own an award before so this is brilliant. I’m really very happy.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Employer of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This category was open to businesses that demonstrate strong commitment to staff and asses how employees benefit the business.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Thorlabs Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Finalists: Enhance Dental and Facial Rejuvination, PA Answer, Life Fitness

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The judges were impressed by Thorlabs’ exceptional level of care and attention they give to their employees.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Judges Award

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This award was to recognise an individual or company that has not won a category but that the judges felt needed special recognition.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Silver Birch Pet Jets

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

The award was announced by Jo Evans, chairman of the Ely Chamber of Commerce, who said: “Silver Birch specialised in a very niche market, flying pets all around the world, undertaking research and has shown a very can-do attitude to its clients.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

“It has quickly established itself as an expert in its field – a very sustainable and growing business.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Holly Jean, entertainer.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Holly Jean, entertainer. - Credit: Archant

Dean Faulkner, owner, said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last five years so it’s great to get recognition for our small team of people. I’m very proud.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Business of the Year

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

This award was given to a company the judges feel has demonstrated great business practice as well as financial success.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017. - Credit: Archant

Winner: Thorlabs Ltd

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: BBC Radio presenter Sue Dougan.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: BBC Radio presenter Sue Dougan. - Credit: Archant

The judges said the winner is “a truly impressive, global manufacturing business. It has already achieved phenomenal growth and success, but clearly does not rest on it’s laurels, as it is constantly evolving further in all areas of the business.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017 - Credit: Archant

Lucy Frazer MP said: “I was delighted to see Thorlabs Ltd awarded East Cambridgeshire Business of the Year.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Archant

“On a recent visit to Thorlabs Ltd, I heard first-hand how the business plans to double its existing floor space and increase its headcount to over 500 staff in the longer-term, which is a welcome vote of confidence in the future of our area.”

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire. - Credit: Archant

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Ang

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. - Credit: Archant

The evening concluded with a prize draw that raised nearly £1,100 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: John Elworthy, editor of the Ely Standard.

Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2017: John Elworthy, editor of the Ely Standard. - Credit: Archant

Visit http://www.elybusinessawards.co.uk/ for more on the awards.

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