Glittering gala celebrates Dunstable
Dunstable’s business brains and community heroes had their moment in the spotlight at the inaugural Dunstable Awards on Wednesday night.
More than 250 people filled the Grove Theatre for the sparkling gala evening, which was hosted by journalist and presenter Samantha Norman, daughter of Barry Norman.
Organised by Networking at Dunstable’s Katey Horne and Sandie Copp, the night saw young and old from across the town recognised for their hard work, innovation, achievement and dedication to helping others.
The awards were sponsored by a raft of high profile local businesses and organisations, including Whipsnade Zoo and Dunstable Town Council.
Katey said: “As local residents and business owners we were so proud to bring this event to the local community.
“We have already started planning for next year – the challenge will be in topping what has been a fantastic event.”
The winners were:
Teacher of the Year, sponsored by ZSL Whipsnade Zoo: Natalie Sawyer, Ardley Hill Academy
Highly commended: John David from Priory Middle school
Green business of the Year, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Dunstable: Preen CIC
Sports Achievement, sponsored by Dunstable Town Council: Bailie Aliriza
Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Central Bedfordshire College: Carl Darnell
Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Arteria Events: Bernadette Spellen, Dyno Locks and Alarms and Sofia Rafiq, Specsavers (joint winners)
Young Hero Of the Year, sponsored by Lynne Johnson & Associates: Becky Griffin
Hospitality Venue of The Year, sponsored by Luton and Dunstable at Large: Holiday Inn Express Dunstable
Highly commended: Cookies and Cream
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Long Live Dunstable: Sandi Rhian Gibson
MP’s Award for Community Business, supported by Andrew Selous MP: Bedfordshire Youth Association
New Business of the year, sponsored by Stoten Gillam: Tax Assist Dunstable
Highly commended: My Healthy Lunch
Carer of the Year, sponsored by VocaLink: Kelly Kerrigan
Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Your Marketing Needs: Asda Dunstable
Highly commended: Eddie’s Oriental Supermarket
Business of the Year, sponsored by Crabtree Business Development: Commonfield Services Ltd
Highly commended: Flint IT
Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, supported by Mayor Patricia Staples: Mick Partridge
Champion of the Year, sponsored by Asda: Bailie Aliriza
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