Networking event for Uttlesford Business Awards 2017 takes-off

PUBLISHED: 10:25 22 March 2017

Simon Jackson, economic development officer, Uttlesford District Council. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Simon Jackson, economic development officer, Uttlesford District Council. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Representatives from businesses across the district put their heads together at a networking event put on as part of the Archant run-Uttlesford Business Awards.

Uttlesford Business Awards networking event 2017. (Left to right) Emerson Patton, Neville Nania, Terry Farthing, Sarah Scott Foster. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Uttlesford Business Awards networking event 2017. (Left to right) Emerson Patton, Neville Nania, Terry Farthing, Sarah Scott Foster. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

This is the first year the Uttlesford branch of the awards will be taking place, encouraging local businesses to nominate themselves for a wide variety of categories and celebrate their success.

Uttlesford District Council played host to the event on Monday, March 20, at its offices in Saffron Walden, with sponsors Stansted Airport and the council coming to show their enthusiasm and support for the project.

Chris Wiggan, head of external affairs at London Stansted Airport, said: “We are really delighted to sponsor these awards. I would encourage you all to get involved.”

Members of businesses who have scooped awards with other branches of the project in past years gave speeches on their companies and the benefits that winning awards has brought them.

Sarah Scott Foster, events and exhibitions manager at Archant. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Sarah Scott Foster, events and exhibitions manager at Archant. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Emerson Patton, who runs his own consultancy business Bright Business Advice, and picked up three prizes at the Huntingdonshire Business Awards, said: “The reason I am speaking tonight is that I used the Huntingdon Awards to catapult my business out into the Huntingdon area.”

Emerson found the awards were a helpful platform to generate interest in his business when he had to build a client base from scratch after moving to Cambridgeshire.

He added: “Because I was new to the area I thought it would be a great way to meet and connect with other businesses, which it was because I was up there [winning awards] three times and it gave me the opportunity to launch events like this.”

Neville Nania, head of business development at Xtreme Events Ltd, also spoke about how entering the awards has helped boost his firm which provides ‘It’s a Knockout’ style games for stag and hen parties and corporate events.

Chris Wiggan, head of external affairs at London Stansted Airport. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Chris Wiggan, head of external affairs at London Stansted Airport. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

He said: “They [the awards] helped put us on our journey.

“It does work, it does help having been a winner or a runner-up at the bottom of your emails.”

Archant not only runs the awards but is the company behind the Dunmow Broadcast and Saffron Walden Reporter.

For anyone interested in entering the Uttlesford Business Awards the deadline is Wednesday, April 19 and an application pack can be found at: http://uttlesfordbusinessawards.co.uk/entry-packs/

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