Suffolk coffee brand, Paddy & Scott’s, has been named Business of the Year in the prestigious Suffolk Business Awards.
Paddy & Scott’s entered the Medium Business of the Year Award at the Suffolk Business Awards and, after being named the winner at the awards ceremony at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on 29th September, it was put forward for the Suffolk Business of the Year Award and beat off 12 other contenders to claim the top award.
“This is the first time we’ve entered a competition like this so to win the top prize is a fantastic achievement and great recognition for the business and the hard work the whole team puts in,” comments Jon Reed, CEO at Paddy & Scott’s.
The judging panel singled out Paddy & Scott’s as a ‘truly Suffolk business’ and ‘a worthy winner’. “Paddy & Scott’s has fabulous values, not just in relation to sourcing and growing its own beans, but also in relation to its staff ethos,” judges said. “They are not simply focused on profitability, they genuinely care about the industry, and the impact they can have both here and where the coffee is farmed. Social impact is totally ingrained in the business as much as the quality of their coffee and the service their customers receive.”
Runners-up for Suffolk Business of the Year were EO Charging in second place, and Access Community Trust which came in third.
Run by Newsquest, publishers of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, the theme of this year’s awards was growth as companies looked to new opportunities against a highly challenging economic backdrop. “The last few years have been a rocky time for all businesses, but particularly hospitality,” continues Jon. “But we’ve taken on the challenge and adapted our business significantly to take advantage of new opportunities. We care about our staff, our customers and our impact on the environment and will continue to strive to be the best we can be.”
Since launching in 2007, Paddy & Scott’s has funded its own farming project in Kenya which supports the local coffee-growing community with jobs, equipment and education. Alongside a retail range of coffee products, it also operates a number of Paddy & Scott’s cafes across the country.