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  1. Winners of the first Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards announced Jack.Edwards 21 December 2020
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    Originally released on 21/12/2020

    The 2020 Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards, organised by South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Councils, celebrate the excellence, innovation and best practice shown by businesses across the combined area.

    This is the first time that the Councils have held joint Business Awards and an awards ceremony that was originally planned to be held in March unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So the winners for each of the eleven categories were announced on Wednesday, in a COVID-19 secure way across both Councils’ social media channels.

    Chairman of Broadland District Council, Cllr Karen Vincent said: “It was a privilege to present the awards to recognise our local businesses and congratulate them on their outstanding achievements, from tackling Type 2 Diabetes to conserving ancient woods. These awards showcase the incredible diversity of business across the district.

    Broadland is a great place to do business and I am proud that as a council we are doing all we can to help businesses of all shapes and sizes.

    It is especially important we recognise the achievements of our local businesses now given the challenging year they have had. The determination and resourcefulness shown by all is epitomised by, award winner, myDNAhealth who has adapted their business to help in the fight against Covid.”

    Cllr Graham Minshull, Chairman of South Norfolk District Council said: “This year has been a real challenge for our local businesses, and I am proud of the way we have worked together to support them. It was truly amazing to see so many examples of innovative thinking and a real determination to succeed. “

    Fosters Solicitors are the headline sponsors of the awards, which have also been supported by media partner Greatest Hits Radio Norfolk and North Suffolk.

    All 12,500 businesses that have an operating base in Broadland and South Norfolk were able to nominate themselves for an award, in ten of the eleven categories. Nominees for the Retailer of the Year Award were submitted by members of the public, with all those who nominated being entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher.

    Ansible Motion, based at Hethel Innovation Centre, presented with two awards, including Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing. Commercial Manager, Gavin Farmer said:

    “We are delighted to be recognised for the 2020 Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Award. Ansible Motion chose Norfolk as the preferred place to produce its advanced driving simulators simply because the manufacturing, engineering and contract manufacturing infrastructure and expertise was all available within a 30 mile range of Hethel. It provides the best location for us to create the high-fidelity products that our customers need to develop and validate new vehicles.”

    SNAP were another business to receive two awards. Managing Director, Mark Garner said: “In our ongoing mission to digitalise the haulage industry, technology and ICT play a huge role in our business. So, we are thrilled to have been awarded the Excellence in Digital and ICT Award by the Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards 2020.”

    For more information on our winners visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/businessawards or www.broadland.gov.uk/businessawards

    Full list of winners of the Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards 2020:

    Excellence in Digital Creative and ICT, sponsored by InTouch Systems

    Excellence in Life Sciences, sponsored by Norwich Research Park

    Ansible Motion
    Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing, sponsored by Mirus Aircraft Seating

    Credo Asset Finance
    Excellence in Financial Services and Insurance, sponsored by Jarrold Training

    Flint Vineyard
    Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink, sponsored by Pasta Foods

    The Norfolk Mead
    Visitor Economy Experience, sponsored by Adnams

    Simon’s Table Ltd
    New Business, sponsored by CNC Building Control

    Business Growth, sponsored by Big Sky Living

    Ansible Motion
    International Business Growth, sponsored by Hethel International

    Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney
    Environmental Impact, sponsored by UEA's Low Carbon Innovation Fund

    Our Slice of Country Life
    Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Fosters Solicitors LLP

  2. South Norfolk Council brightens families’ Christmas with toys and food hampers CommsTeamRSS 13 December 2020

    South Norfolk Council has supported more than 100 families, including more than 150 children, so far this festive season by providing toys, tins of chocolates and Christmas food hampers.

    The packages and presents were distributed by South Norfolk Council and Broadland Councils’ Help Hub, a partnership between organisations that support people in the two districts by offering practical help, advice and guidance.

    Donations to make this gifting possible came from The Salvation Army, two local businessmen who have supported the initiative for several years, local charities and community groups, council staff and members of the public.

    The Help Hub will continue distributing these festive packs to families in need over the coming fortnight to help make Christmas extra special and make sure that no one gets forgotten on Christmas day.

    In addition, it has donated a large amount of sanitary items and toiletries to the Haven Project, a charity helping women and children in South Norfolk fleeing domestic violence and abuse, in the run-up to Christmas.

    Councillor Yvonne Bendle, South Norfolk Portfolio Holder for Better Lives, said: “Everybody needs a bit of extra support from time to time and this year in particular has been tough for many residents. I am extremely proud that our Help Hub has made a difference to families in our community and it especially brings me great joy knowing local children will have new toys to unwrap on Christmas Day.”

    If you need help with any problems you’re facing, The Help Hub can arrange the right support for you – please contact us on 01508 533933.You can also complete an online form requesting help via the council’s website – go to www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/residents/south-norfolk-help-hub.

  3. Calling all students CommsTeamRSS 10 December 2020

    Keep yourself fit and active during the festive holiday and take advantage of South Norfolk Council’s Student Leisure membership.

    You can become a Student Member at the Council’s leisure centres in Diss, Long Stratton or Wymondham for just £25 for four weeks, between now and 31 January.

    The new Your Home Workout membership will also be included meaning you can workout in the gym or at home.

    To qualify you must be 16 years of age or older and studying in further of higher education.
    For more information visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/leisure.

  4. Council launches new leisure membership. CommsTeamRSS 8 December 2020

    South Norfolk Council’s leisure centres are launching a brand new membership enabling customers to workout from home, with their favourite instructor.

    Existing leisure members paying by Direct Debit and annual fitness member will get access to the new membership, 'Your Home Workout' free of charge. This will mean they can workout at either the gym or at home, whenever it is most suitable for them.

    New members can become a Your Home Workout member only, and can join for an introductory offer of just £10 per month. There will also be a casual member option to pay as you go.

    The timetable will be streamed to 'Your Home Workout' in real time, meaning you never need to miss an opportunity to be active.

    Full details of how to access Your Home Workout will be available from South Norfolk Council’s website www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/leisure.

  5. More financial help available for local businesses CommsTeamRSS 6 December 2020

    The application process for the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for businesses affected by the current coronavirus restrictions is now open.

    Administered by district councils, the Additional Restrictions Grant is a one-off discretionary grant scheme for qualifying businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes due to not being rated or not legally required to close.

    Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council will provide the funding in two phases and the application window for the first phase ends at midnight on 23 December, 2020.

    To see if your business is eligible for this type of grant, visit: www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesses or www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/business-support

    If your business does not meet the eligibility criteria, you may be able to receive support during phase two, which will open by February 2021. If this is the case, please submit an Expression of Interest for phase two to help the two councils understand which businesses still need support (use the link above to access this form).

    Cabinet Member for South Norfolk Council, Councillor Lisa Neal, said: “Supporting businesses through these tough times is vital and we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure they can recover in the weeks and months to come.”

    Cabinet Member for Broadland District Council, Councillor Jo Copplestone, commented: “I’d urge any businesses who need support to please get in touch and find out what funding they may be eligible for.”

    Local Restrictions Support Grants are still available to businesses that were required to close by law during the lockdown between 5 November and 2 December. So far, South Norfolk and Broadland Councils have each awarded more than £1 million of grants to support local businesses in their districts. To apply, please visit the council’s website using the link above.