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Mattressman wins Further-sponsored Award

22:39 on Sun, 2 Oct 2011 | 0 Comments

The cream of the region's businesses were in attendance at the EDP Business Awards in Norwich on Friday night, proving that business in the Eastern region is indeed in good shape, despite the continuing doom and gloom over the UK and global economy.

Held in association with Archant and Anglian Water, the EDP Business Awards is the blue riband event in the region's business calendar - an event which saw Further take the 'Best New Business' Award back in 2009.

This year we became a sponsor for the first time, of a new award - that of 'Best eCommerce Initiative' - which was created to recognise and publicise best practice in online trading. After a surprisingly large entry for a first time category,the judging team managed to settle on three very strong finalists ; retailers Van Dal Shoes and Mattressman - and innovative eCommerce research software provider ServiceTick.

While all three had differentiating factors which could have seen them walking off with the prize, it was the outstanding all-round online sales and service performance of Mattressman which won the day when the on-stage announcement was made by Further's recently-appointed MD, John Thew. Accepting the award on behalf of Mattressman was its entrepreneurial Founder and Managing Director Andrew Kerry.

After the presentation of ten category awards, the evening was brought to a close with the highlight, the announcement of 'Business of the Year'. The result couldn't have suited us better as it went to one of our clients, Hughes Electrical, who deservedly received a rousing ovation. Well done to Robert Hughes and his team - oh, and thanks for the on-stage plug for Further - much appreciated, Robert!

Award winners on the evening were;

'Denise Anderson (Outstanding Achievement)' Award - Bill Jordan, Jordans Cereals/ Pensthorpe

'Food and Farming' sponsored by Anglia Farmers - Anglia Maltings

'Customer Care' sponsored by Aviva - Wroxham Barns

'Community Impact' sponsored by Norse/BITC - VC Cooke Ltd

'eCommerce Initiative' sponsored by Further - Mattressman

'International Enterprise' sponsored by Grant Thornton - e-Tech Group

'Business Development' sponsored by Howes Percival - Taxassist Accountants

'Environment and Sustainability' sponsored by May Gurney - Heatrae Sadia

'Best New Business' sponsored by UEA Norwich Business School - Create Consulting

'Director of the Year' sponsored by Banner - Blair Ainslie, Seajacks

'Business of the Year' sponsored by Barclays Corporate - Hughes Electrical

Congratulations to Mary Rudd PR, Stewart White, the Production Bureau, Holiday inn Norwich North and Archant for an enjoyable event that was flawlessly organised and presented.

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