Cream of business life in the area celebrated at new event

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Firms from across South Holland celebrated economic success at the first-ever Enterprise Day and Business Awards organised by Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.

About 120 delegates attended the day at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, last Wednesday when seven awards were presented to firms and individuals demonstrating business excellence in 2013.

Andy Coaten of Butters Group presents the Business of the Year Award to Harry Drury, Jacob Bell and Marius Uzpelkis of We'll Let Your House, Spalding.

Andy Coaten of Butters Group presents the Business of the Year Award to Harry Drury, Jacob Bell and Marius Uzpelkis of We'll Let Your House, Spalding.

The Business of the Year prize went to We’ll Let Your House lettings agency of Spalding whose director Harry Drury said: “Both myself and the team are honoured to have won this prestigious award.

“South Holland boasts high levels of business excellence and the services and products offered here are to be admired.”

Teenager Demi Blackbourn (18), a graphics and web designer at Drive by Websites, Spalding, was shocked to win the Apprentice of the Year prize for her commitment to personal development.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock but I’m really excited to have won and it proves that hard work pays off.”

Apprentice of the Year Demi Blackbourn with Paul Collins from award sponsors Boston College.

Apprentice of the Year Demi Blackbourn with Paul Collins from award sponsors Boston College.

Maples Solicitors of Spalding won the Customer Care Award, West Elloe Pharmacy, Spalding, took the Business Innovation Award, Bakkavor Group won the Supporting the Community Award and Pinchbeck firm PSP IT won an award for Best Use of IT and Communication.

There was also a special award for Barry Inman for his work with Crime Reduction Action South Holland (CRASH) and setting up the Shopwatch anti-shoplifting scheme in Spalding.