Holkham wins at the Norfolk Business Awards

November 2019- Last night Holkham attended the Norfolk Business Awards at the Norfolk Showground Arena in Norwich. Organised by the Eastern Daily Press and Archant, the awards celebrate the best and most innovative businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.

In August, we entered into the categories of Customer Care and Best Employer, and found out a few weeks later that we had been shortlisted for both awards. We welcomed the judges to Holkham for a show-around and interview, and shortly after we received the news that we had not only made it as finalists in both categories, but they were also putting our name forward for the Best Business Award.

The Customer Care Award was sponsored by Greater Anglia, who are passionate about delivering excellent customer service, and the judges sought entries from businesses that showed a clear focus on visitor needs. Norfolk’s Best Employer Award was sponsored by Pure and Birketts, who were looking for a business that achieves success by putting their people first.

Over the past year we have worked exceptionally hard to improve our visitor experience, and we were thrilled to hear that we had won the award for Customer Care.

In the category for Best Employer were, East Anglian Air Ambulance and MHA Larking Gowen, who ended up taking home the award. Other finalists for Customer Care Award were Evander Glazing and Locks, MJP Conveyancing and Broads Boating.

We are proud to have made the final and congratulate the other finalists and winners of the evening.

Surprise Award for Estate Forester

Press Release from the Royal Forestry Society

A forester from the Holkham Estate in Norfolk received a surprise award when members of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) from across the country visited the Sotterley Estate in Suffolk as part of a five-day tour of East Anglia.

Freddy Futter, 68, who lives in Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, was presented with an Award by RFS President Andrew Woods, recognising his 40 years working on the Holkham Estate’s 870 hectares of woodland while on the visit to the Sotterley Estate – work which has included helping to extract fine hardwood timber.

Head forester Harry Wakefield said: “Freddy has been an asset to the Holkham forestry department over the last 40 years. His experience, pride and knowledge of the woodland has been invaluable.”

Freddy said: “The day was very enjoyable and informative. I have to say that I was overwhelmed and very much surprised to be given the award and I would like to thank Harry and the Holkham forestry team for their support.”

Approximately 500 hectares of the woodland is contained within Holkham Park. A further 145 hectares is within Holkham National Nature Reserve and the balance is dispersed across the estate. The forestry team focuses on delivering the best hardwoods and softwoods wherever they occur while managing woodland to preserve and enhance the historic landscape.

For further details contact: Wendy Necar, RFS Communications, 01789 841425/ 07973 523168 Twitter: @royal_forestry, Facebook: Royal Forestry Society – RFS

The Lookout, Holkham wins a RIBA East Award 2019

May 2019 - We are proud to announce that The Lookout, on Holkham National Nature Reserve has won a RIBA East Award.

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) describe their awards as being ‘internationally regarded as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research, and students. For 50 years, the RIBA awards and prizes for buildings have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form, size or budget.”

Officially opened in October 2018, The Lookout sits on Lady Anne’s Drive and looks out over the Holkham National Nature Reserve. It was built as an understated visitor centre, comprising lavatories, a small café and an orientation exhibition explaining the adjacent wetland and wider nature reserve.

It was designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Lucas+Western.

Click here to read more from RIBA.

Finalists in Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards

February 2019 - Last night, Holkham attended the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards in Norwich. Hosted by Archant, the awards celebrated the best of East Anglia’s tourism industry in categories such as Best Bed & Breakfast, Family Event of the Year, Eco-Tourism, Food and Drink Tourism Attraction and many more.

Last year, we entered into the category of Best Large Visitor Attraction and we were delighted to make the shortlist. After welcoming a panel of judges to Holkham for a show around, we made it to the final!

Our customer-facing businesses at Holkham have grown enormously over the last few years and not only are we welcoming more and more visitors each year, we are expanding our offering with extra events and additional facilities such as The Lookout, on the Holkham National Nature Reserve which officially opened last autumn.

Also in the category of Best Large Visitor Attraction were The English Whisky Company, North Norfolk Railway and Africa Alive! who took home the title last night.

We are proud to have made the final and we look forward to another great visitor season here in north Norfolk.

Holkham Estate Wins North Norfolk Business Award

February 2019 - Hosted by North Norfolk District Council, the North Norfolk Business Awards celebrate the best of business in the district. The awards include eight categories, giving large and small businesses alike the chance to shine, highlighting their diversity and excellence within their division.

Holkham Estate was nominated for an award in the category Young People and Skills, in association with New Anglia LEP.

NNDC describe this award as one in which recognises local businesses which are working to raise aspirations, provide opportunities for young people and improve the skills of their workforce. The award looked for examples of strong leadership, and innovative ways to promote the diverse range of career opportunities across the district.

Against two other worthy finalists, Windboats Marine and C T Baker Ltd, Holkham Estate scooped the award at a dazzling awards ceremony held at Gresham’s School. Education Manager, Sue Penlington and HR Manager, Alex Triplow were in attendance to pick up the award.

As one of north Norfolk’s largest employers, our strategic plan to promote, support and nurture young talent in the county is paramount and one in which we will continue to foster to ensure a strong future for the next generation. We are very proud to have been given this award.

Holkham Farming Company picks up a Norfolk Farm Business Award

June 2018 - Holkham Farming Company is placed top of the class in the Norfolk Farm Business Awards! The Norfolk County Farm Business Competition brings judges from across the country to judge the commercial operations of entrants of all types and sizes. The competition recognises outstanding farming practices and places winners in a first-class category against their peers. Holkham Farming Company placed first in the Class 1 category which covered large farms.

Judges assess the farm’s standards of cropping and livestock husbandry whilst evaluating the farming system used given the resources of the farm such as land type, irrigation and facilities. When the judges came to Holkham, they were shown all areas of the business, including the potato business in the park and the livestock on the marshes, meeting various members of the team.

The competition is organised by the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association since 1979 and the county’s top farm businesses compete for the supreme title! The winners of each class go into the championship the following year, so the team at Holkham Farming Company are looking forward to a successful 2019!

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