PRIDE OF ESSEX AWARD
Judges: Mike Porter and Brendan Smith Sponsored by: East of England Co-op Highly Commended: LillyPuds, Chelmsford Highly Commended: The Saffron Ice Cream Company, Saffron Walden
Winner: New Hall Vineyards, Purleigh
What the judges said:
The New Hall team had an excellent take on public perceptions and a deep understanding of how to continue developing this strong brand with the trialing of new products to cater for developing tastes. There was a strong link between Visit Essex as well as Gardens and Gourmet, with continued developments including vineyard visits.
What the winner said:
Having recently taken over the business, this award means so much. It shows what we have achieved in the last few years and our dedicated team have worked very hard. It just makes us very proud to be a part of Essex. This award proves all our customers appreciate everything that we do; we do our best to give everything to them and it just shows that they appreciate it and acknowledge it.