Owners and employees from businesses across the Tendring area of North Essex enjoyed an evening of celebration at the fourth Tendring Blue Ribbon Business Awards supported by TC’s Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester offices.

The event at Clacton’s Princes Theatre was kicked off by entertainer Michael J Fitch, while an audience of more than 300 gathered to hear the successful nominees across 14 categories.

Dura Composites of Clacton were overall winners, picking up the Judges Award as well as that for Innovation in Design and Technology.

The event was organised by TC Group in collaboration with Barclays Bank and Tendring District Council.

TC Group’s Christine Brown said it was a memorable evening, highlighting the strength and depth of businesses in the district:

‘Our judges had a really difficult task in coming up with a shortlist in each category, let alone choosing the eventual winners. The standard was very high and we had a record number of nominations this year.’

She also thanked the independent judges, George Keiffer, Lynda Chase-Gardener, Andy Scott and MPs Bernard Jenkin and Giles Watling for all their hard work.

The event raised money for FaNs (Friends and Neighbours Charity).

Added Christine:  ‘Everyone was extremely generous and this enabled us to hand over a cheque for £3,256.50 to help FaNs carry on supporting people in the community.’