Great Yarmouth News

Spirit of Enterprise Awards

Tuesday 25th November 2014

The winners of the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough were announced at a trophy presentation ceremony, at the Town Hall, last week.

Now in its seventh year, the event is organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, and aims to recognise and raise the profile of top performing firms across the borough.

The glittering ceremony saw offshore energy services business, Proserv, crowned as the overall 2014 Business of the Year in front of some 200 guests.

Energy sector professional, Mark Goodall, who has driven investment in the local economy for many years, was chosen by an independent panel to win the all-new Great Personal Contribution to the Great Yarmouth Economy Award 2014.

Special crystal trophies were presented to the winners of the award categories at the black-tie dinner, co-hosted by Alan Carr, the borough council’s group manager for tourism and communications, and Clare Weller, a former presenter of ITV’s Anglia Tonight.

John Willmott, of Proserv, said: “It is fantastic that the borough council runs the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, as there are so many businesses across the borough – not just us – which contribute so much to the local economy.

“And Great Yarmouth matters to us. Today our Proserv Great Yarmouth operation is recognised as a Global Subsea Centre of Excellence, a major achievement for our Great Yarmouth team and indeed the local community in which they work. 

“Two thirds of Proserv’s top 20 projects are engineered and manufactured by our facilities in Great Yarmouth and then exported globally, clearly demonstrating the importance of the Great Yarmouth team.”

Great Personal Contribution Award winner Mark Goodall, area manager for Aker Solutions, said: “I was speechless when I was told I would be presented with this wonderful award, especially as there are many other people who are equally deserving, both in the organisations I am involved in and elsewhere.

“Over the years, I have been privileged to come into contact with the so many fantastic businesses and skilled professionals working in Great Yarmouth’s energy sector, which contribute so much to a strong local economy.”

Award winners were:

Great Manufacturing/Engineering Business Award – Proserv

Great New Business Award –Cribs and Bibs

Great Business Growth Award - CLS Offshore Ltd

Great Business Idea Award -   Seabed Scour Control Systems

Great Customer Service Award – Kilbrannan Guest House

Great Marketing Initiative Award – W T Skip Hire Ltd

Great International Growth Award –Seacon (Europe) Ltd

Great Investment in Young People Award –CLS Offshore

Great Community Contribution - Activating CIC



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24.11.17 - Christmas Light Switch-On
Christmas in Great Yarmouth gets officially underway on Friday as Her Worship the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Kerry Robinson Payne, takes to the stage to switch on the towns festive illuminations and Christmas tree lights. The Mayor will be joined by her special guest, the Michelin Star Celebrity Chef Galton Blackiston, to assist her in pushing down the all important Christmas Lights plunger.  The ceremony will form part of an evening of entertainment from 5.30pm with live music and a roof top firework display that coincides with the first day of the annual Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre and the opening of the real ice rink in the town centre. The entertainment takes place on The Beach Soundstage which has been moved this year along with the Christmas Tree to the market place on the north side of the covered market as its normal location in the market square is occupied by the real ice rink. There will be live singing and dancing from local theatre and dance schools ‘Centre Stage’ and ‘Iceni’ plus some upbeat Christmas tunes from top local pop artists Penny Hannant and Gaby Starbuck to warm up the crowd ahead of the countdown shortly before 7pm. Making the introductions and keeping an eye on the time will be The Beach, Radio Norwich and North Norfolk Radio presenters Rob Chandler and Paul Carter. Rob makes a welcome return to the Christmas Lights event having presented it for a number of years with former radio colleague Chrissie Jackson. Her Worship the Mayor and special guests will take to the stage to join in the countdown which will take place at 7.00pm with the switch on of the Christmas Lights immediately followed by a fantastic pyrotechnic display from the roof of Market Gates shopping centre. The live music will continue after the fireworks with a performance from the Invidia Voices Choir whilst town centre shops and Christmas Fayre stalls in the Minster and on the market place will be open until 8pm.   Free parking is available in all Borough Council town centre car parks from 4.00pm (except the Market Place) and the ice rink will be open for last admissions until 9pm.
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