Last staged in 2019, prior to the Covid pandemic, these awards, run by East Suffolk Council, celebrate the best in local businesses, people and community groups. Not only that, a ‘Next Big Idea’ category winner will receive a grant to turn their dream scheme into a reality. Anyone wishing to nominate has until the end of November to submit an application. 

The awards are about recognising contributions, celebrating successes, and giving people the ‘round of applause’ they deserve for improving lives in East Suffolk. Winners will be announced at an event at Snape Maltings on 28 February 2023.

Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, said: “This year sees our biggest ever range of awards. At the ceremony we’re going to see rising stars in the business world rubbing shoulders with inspirational community volunteers. We’re making room to recognise everyone, from brilliant leaders to awesome apprentices. 

“It’s as much about creating a friendly sense of competition as it is bringing people together to see the amazing things being achieved in this region by so many different groups. So, if you know of someone who is making a real difference to your community, business, or town, visit the awards website and give them a nomination. Let’s get them the recognition they deserve.”

The East Suffolk Awards are also looking to attract sponsors for each award category. Cllr Gallant added: “Over the years, we’ve enjoyed sponsorship from some of the biggest names in Suffolk business and this year is no exception. There are still some awards available, and we would welcome a conversation with any business that is interested in getting involved.”

The full list of categories are:

Team of the Year Award sponsored by Everyone Active

Health and Wellbeing Award sponsored by Active Suffolk

New Business of the Year Award sponsored by Spider Recruitment

Business Growth Award sponsored by ABP Associated British Ports

Great Idea Award sponsored by Cory Brothers Ltd

Green Impact Award

Encouraging Tourism Award

Community ‘Next Big Idea’ Award

Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by EDF Energy

High Street of the Year sponsored by East Suffolk Means Business

Community champion of the year (individual) sponsored by Places Leisure

Community of the year sponsored by East Suffolk Community Partnerships

To nominate someone, sponsor a category, or find out more about the awards, visit: