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Winners proved they were the best of Haverhill

Monday, 23rd May 2011.

Five of the 13 awards at this year's Haverhill Business Awards were won by members of the bestof Haverhill, and the marketing company won the start-up business award.

Elaine Carr bought the franchise, part of a national one, in February 2010 and has developed a network of recommended, local, independent businesses.

The monthly events attract high quality speakers and are always well attended by members of the business community.

Elaine said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the award. Thebestof is all about promoting the best businesses in the area so I think it was important that having entered the start-up business category we were successful.

"The fact that three bestof business members also won awards was just fantastic, I am so proud of the businesses on thebestofhaverhill and I think this just goes to show that they are the best of the best.”

Donna Revell, general manager of Days Inn Haverhill collected the award for environmental awareness on behalf of her team. Days Inn is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and conserving energy.

The initiatives they have taken to achieve this include having room sensors for the heaters, low energy bulbs in all the lights and eco friendly shower heads which reduce water usage without affecting the performance of the power showers.

Donna said: “We were pleased to be recognised for our environmental awareness and had a very memorable evening at the Business Awards celebrating our achievement. We will be adding this trophy to the one we won at the 2008 awards!”

The award for best use of technology went to local accountants and business advisors Paul Donno & Co Ltd. The judges commented on the way the company uses technology to communicate with its clients.

Regular newsletters keep clients informed on issues that could affect their business and social media has been fully embraced with all the staff having iPhones and engaging on Twitter and Facebook.

Managing director Paul Donno is something of a 'social media zealot' and has used the marketing platform to win new clients as well as reducing cost through finding new suppliers.

The company also offers its clients remote support – software is used to access a client’s computer to help them resolve any problems easily and cost effectively.

The star of the Business Awards was arevolution beauty sanctuary which won three awards in total – small business, retailer and the prestigious business of the year award.

Arevolution is no stranger to winning awards having won the Chamber Retailer Award in 2008 and being voted Haverhill’s most loved business in the bestof initiative '14 days of love' in February this year.

Theresa Foddering, owner of arevolution, gives an insight into the secret of their success.

She said: “We are a young team but we are all passionate about what we do. Our mission is to make our clients feel great; it’s not just about doing a manicure or a facial.

"We try to make every client feel special and pampered. We are always updating our services, making sure that we have the latest products and techniques for our clients. We may be a small salon in Haverhill but there is nothing small town about our service or our ambition to be the best!”

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