21 November 2014

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This is the season of awards and Nwes clients are again achieving recognition for their businesses. We are pleased to report on the successes of the following businesses:

Chef Dan’s Cakes

Congratulations to Daniel Addy, a 36 year old baker from Norfolk, a crowned champion at the National Cupcake Championship. His chocolate and amaretto cupcake took the trophy in the ‘With Alcohol’ category.

Daniel’s business, Chef Dan’s Cakes, is run from his home in Attleborough, and he fits this business in at the weekends around his weekday job of teaching aspiring chefs. As his business has grown he has built up a vast and unusual range of recipes (such as bacon beer and maple cupcakes), which have brought Chef Dan’s Cakes a huge following.

Daniel had left the awards ceremony prior to the results being announced and he was surprised to hear the news: “I was just sitting at home when they called me and told me I’d won. It’s amazing – such a surprise.”

Daniel has worked at City College, Centre Parcs, and Barnham Broom Hotel, but 3 years ago found his passion in life as a pastry chef. Having taken up hie teaching role with Poultec Training Ltd, Daniel was able to fulfil his dream of making cupcakes at the weekend. “There’s a lot you can do with them and a lot of ways you can add in different flavours”, he says.

Fans of Chef Dan’s Cakes can place orders via Facebook, and the cakes themselves are becoming renowned for appearing at weddings around Norfolk.

The National Cupcake Championships have four categories – Classic, With Alcohol, Free from, and Themed.

Daniel came to Nwes in August last year and followed the Business Masterclass course under the Enterprise for Norfolk Scheme, through Breckland Council. His business advisor and mentor, Richard Voisey, explained that Daniel had come to Nwes having given up full-time employment with the sole aim of developing his own business. Richard gave help and support with his marketing strategy, particularly the business website and Facebook page. Together they worked on databases, and optimising the website. Upon hearing about the award Richard said “Daniel is a worthy winner. His business plan gave some indication as to his baking and artistic talents. The photos on his website are visual proof of his artistic talent, and this award is confirmation of his baking skills. Well done Daniel.”

Thrive Agency

Daphne Metland of Thrive Agency was a runner-up in the EDP Director of the Year award. The ceremony was earlier this month and resulted in a croissant and champagne celebration at Thrive Agency’s’ offices in Rouen House, Norwich. Thrive Agency have been tenants in the Nwes serviced offices since the start of this year.

Thrive Agency have expertise in producing accessible health content in a language and format right for its target audience. They have developed health messages for patients, stakeholders, employees, medical professionals, young families and online communities for clients in the private, public and education sectors in the UK and abroad, spanning 10 languages and 20 countries.

Emily Farmer, Centre Co-ordinator at Rouen House, said “It’s always great to see our clients having success in their field. Congratulations Daphne on such a fantastic achievement!”

The rest of the Nwes team certainly agrees with these sentiments.

Pier Marketing

Another of Nwes’ tenants have been recognised as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards. Pier Marketing collected the Gold award for Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy. As a long standing tenant at Felixstowe Enterprise Centre, Pier Marketing pride themselves on offering a refreshing approach to Public Relations that always focuses on the clients’ end objectives.

The CIPR PRide Awards recognise excellence in public relations and communications work across nine areas in the UK. The Judges were impressed by Pier’s buzz and energy and commented that “In exceeding their budgeted turnover growth by over double in the last year, their strategy of staying focused on the clients’ objectives is clearly working”. The Judges felt that Pier’s entry “placed them above others as an outstanding consultancy”.

Kate Bowden Smith, Pier Director, said “I am delighted that Pier has been recognised as the outstanding public relations consultancy across the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region. This is a great achievement which recognises the excellent work we do for our clients, as well as the enthusiasm and commitment of the whole team.”

Sarah Payne, Co-ordinator at the Felixstowe Enterprise Centre, said “Nwes have a great working relationship with Pier. They have recently been in discussions with Richard Salmon under the Supply Chain innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy (SCORE) scheme, and we are sure they will continue to go from strength to strength.”

For information on business advice, access to finance, and office space throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk, call Nwes on 08456 099 991

Written by Davina Young @ Nwes

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