Business awards was a spectacular success
FENLAND S first ever business awards were a spectacular event and were successfully delivered against a background of one of the worst set of economic conditions in living memory. Ironically the event- promoted by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard- coi
FENLAND'S first ever business awards were a spectacular event and were successfully delivered against a background of one of the worst set of economic conditions in living memory.
Ironically the event- promoted by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard- coincided with evidence arriving of the slow emergence of the UK economy from recession.
That Britain, and indeed Fenland, is not out of the woods yet goes without saying but we do believe Friday's event illustrates some key characteristics of local enterprise that augurs well for the future.
The companies who entered this year's inaugural awards displayed a commendable and invigorating set of business successes to which great pride can attach.
Now comes the prospect for those winners and runners up in setting both the standard and the challenge for the years ahead.
The challenges for Fenland much deeper, however, that awards success and we would be the first to admit it.
- 1 Breakup and burglary! Couple's chaos after £101m win on Euromillions
- 2 Man arrested in Wisbech after illegally entering UK three times
- 3 Man, 28, and boy, 15, arrested after major A1101 crash in Wisbech
- 4 Knife-wielding teen jailed after week-long crime spree in Wisbech
- 5 Jailed: 58-year-old burglar who stole £57,000 BMW M4 in Wisbech
- 6 Inside Wisbech's new 'Get Out' escape room
- 7 Shoplifter, 33, who assaulted woman is on the run
- 8 New mayor pledges to 'do Wisbech proud'
- 9 Recap: Main road through Wisbech town centre shut after serious crash
- 10 Shoplifter barred from every M&S and Sainsbury's in Cambridgeshire
Under pinning confidence in our economy, and our community, needs some reassurance that our political leaders have not taken their eyes off the ball to deliver better schools and better colleges in Fenland.
The Learning and Skills Council debacle over the aborted bid for a new campus in March is neither easily forgiven, or forgotten, and especially so these months as Fenland students dig deep into their own and their parents' pockets to pay for buses to take them to colleges in Peterborough, Kings Lynn or Cambridge.
Happily work on the �95 million Building Schools for the Future programme for Fenland schools is still on target for work to start next spring, and woe betide any Government upset at this late stage.
But there are many other requirements for a Fenland of the future, not least among them the need to companies to rise to the challenge of better training.
For now Fenland is beginning to recover, and let's hope nothing impedes us moving forward.