The very best in business have been celebrated at glitzy awards ceremony.
The Boston Standard Business Awards ceremony has thrown the spotlight on the outstanding business community we have right here in our town.
The specially-decked out marquee at Haven High played the fitting host to an occasion celebrating amazing success stories.
Following a three-course meal, guest speaker Boston MP Matt Warman took to the stage before BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Melvyn Prior got proceedings under way.
The Standard took over the running of the awards after the committee behind the previous ceremonies could no longer do so due to other commitments.
“This was a fantastic evening celebrating the very best in business right here in Boston,” said Standard editor Stephen Stray, who was on the previous organising committee. “I am delighted we have been able to pick up the baton, and with our dedicated events team, continue these awards. All those nominated, and the winners, thoroughly deserve their time in the spotlight - we really have heard some amazing stories here tonight.”
He added: “I would also like to thank our sponsors, without their generosity the evening could not have gone ahead.”
Among those to be honoured was Supreme Inns at Swineshead, with the team walking away with the Business of The Year Award.
Rebecca Duffy, a director at Supreme Inns, said: “We are very excited. We are very proud. We didn’t expect it.
“I think there’s a lot out there for people to achieve - I think you have just got to have determination, hardwork and put 100 per cent into everything that you do.”
Best New Business went to Flight Deck Reality, a state-of-the-art flight simulator. And owner Ian Epton struggled to keep his feet on the ground.
“I built a full-size Boeing 747 in my garage,” he told the audience. “My wife thought I was crazy!”
Luckily, an Azda deliver man who saw the simulator spotted the potential - and after suggesting Ian turn his hobby into a business, that is exactly what he did.
“This is amazing,” he said collecting his award.
Customer service is key to repeat business, and after a public vote through The Standard hairdressers Salon Alchemy scooped the award for Customer Care - beating no fewer than nine other nominees. The group of employees who collected the award on stage were almost lost for words, simply thanking all those who had voted.
In the video above the staff from Salon Alchemy express how they are feeling following the event.