Natureland is winner of the first Skegness Business Awards

What a fabulous night for the w inners of the Skegness Business Awards. ANL-151121-233002001

What a fabulous night for the w inners of the Skegness Business Awards. ANL-151121-233002001

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The resort’s most inspirational businesses were celebrated tonight at the first Skegness Business Awards – with one of the longest-established taking the top award.

Winner of Business of the Year was Natureland, after earlier in the evening being awarded for Best Attraction. Director Richard Yeadon said he was proud to accept the award, especially as it was their 50th anniversary. He said: “It shows that we are still a very popular attraction and are giving visitors what they want.”

The glittering ceremony took place at Grand Central and saw three finalists competing in each of 11 categories.

Awards acknowledged businesses for their contribution to Skegness and for maintaining the resort as one of the most popular in the UK.

The award for Business of the Year was presented by Carolyn Wilkinson, managing director of awards sponsor Skegness Pier. Other categories included best attraction, accommodation, customer care, new business, green business and young employee.

Compered by Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the ceremony followed a three-course meal and a welcome from John Chappell, chairman of organisers Skegness Partnership. MP Matt Warman also addressed the guests.

Secretary Judy Chapman said afterwards: “It’s been fantastic to see so many businesses here tonight and this is definitely something we will be doing again next year.”

Town centre manager Lisa Collins said: “We never expected it to take off as well as it has - we had 150 guests here tonight. There are some exciting things happening in Skegness and this is just the start.”

See Wednesday’s Skegness Standard for the full list of winners and the following week’s edition for more stories and pictures.