This year marks the 20th year of the EADT Business Awards, with Trinity Park, Ipswich, the event’s home since 2006, again to be the venue for this year’s ceremony.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has sponsored the Social Inclusion category for businesses with a broadly-based approach to overcoming issues of social exclusion.
The three shortlisted companies for the PCC’s award are Bernard Matthews, Headway Suffolk and Suffolk Libraries.
The businesses shortlisted in this category have demonstrated a comprehensive policy for ensuring equality, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The judges, Tim Passmore and EADT editor Terry Hunt, looked at how all the entrants go about attracting people from these groups and what it has done to remove, or help them to overcome, the barriers they often face, such as by offering work placements or CV writing and interview technique sessions or removing recruitment criteria which effectively bar certain groups unnecessarily.
The results of all 16 awards will be announced at a black tie dinner event taking place at Trinity Park on July 6. The ceremony will again be hosted this year by former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter, who is now chief executive of Inspire Suffolk and chairman of Ipswich Central, and the guest speaker will be Bill Turnbull, formerly a presenter on the BBC Breakfast programme, who is now a resident of Suffolk.