A welcome from George Kieffer, our 2019 Chair of Judges, Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership, Vice Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of Estuary Housing Association

“After the tremendous successes of the three previous Tendring Blue Ribbon Awards, it is my great pleasure to welcome you once again to the 2019 celebrations.

Such initiatives are so important in highlighting the abundance of good work that local businesses and groups are contributing to the local area.

I would like to congratulate all the individuals and organisations that were nominated and all those who walked away with a 2019 TBR Award.  It is also imperative that we give thanks to the sponsors of this event, without whom the event would not be possible.  Apart from the main sponsors, TC Group,  Barclays and Tendring District Council, a very special appreciation goes out to the category and various other sponsors that together all ensured another fantastic event this year.

In closing I would like to introduce the other members who made up the Tendring Blue Ribbon panel of judges.”

Judging Panel

Lynda Chase-Gardener MD Chaselet Limited Photo of Lynda Chase-Gardener

Business woman Lynda has spent the last 30 years running her family’s successful quarry business and property business. She has also been involved in many other local business organisations.  Lynda is Vice-Chair of the Haven Gateway Partnership representing small businesses and Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.

Sir Bernard Jenkin MP for Harwich and North Essex Photo of Sir Bernard Jenkin

MP Bernard Jenkin has recently been awarded ‘Knight of the Realm’ for his political and public service during the past 26 years.  Sir Bernard, as he will now be titled,  is Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee and was previously Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, whereby he had responsibility for candidates up until November 2006.

Andy Scott CEO Vivid Brand Photo of Andy Scott

In 2001, after working with Terrence Conran and Imagination, Andy formed Vivid Brand, an agency focused on Shopper Communication, which grew to a turnover of £3.4m. Andy was appointed CEO in 2014 when the company was acquired by Publicis Worldwide, one of the largest marketing and communication agencies in the world.

Giles Watling MP for Clacton Photo of Giles Watling

Elected Member of Parliament for Clacton in 2017, Giles has been Ward Councillor for Frinton since 2007.  He is a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and has a background in performing arts.  Giles has appeared as an actor on all kinds of media, he has directed over seventy plays and produced and written for television and theatre.


Founders and co-hosts of the Tendring Blue Ribbon Awards, TC Group are an Accountancy Age ‘Top 60’ firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers. TC Group are very different from the more traditional image normally associated with chartered accountants and a reflection of our proactive approach to the needs of our clients.

Strategically located, TC Group’s offices in Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester enable us to provide a valuable face-to-face service to clients in major towns and communities throughout North Essex and beyond. Our experienced team offers a range of skills enabling us as a firm to meet the financial needs of businesses and taxpayers. From accounting and auditing, through business management, to retirement and succession planning, we have the expertise to support you.


Barclays is a British multinational banking & financial services company with branches across the UK and has its headquarters in London. The South Anglia business team at Barclays, who are founders and co hosts of Tendring Blue Rbbon Awards, focus especially on helping their clients grow & protect their businesses.  The team are locally based and able to meet clients in either their local branch or at the clients premises.

Bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge, our team can tailor the correct products and services to the client at the right time within the businesses growth cycle.  As business specialists we can offer advice on international banking services, business loans, overdrafts, commercial mortgages, asset finance, sales finance and factoring.


Tendring District Council (TDC) is proud to be involved in the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards, celebrating Tendring’s vibrant and thriving business community. After last year’s extremely successful awards evening, we are keen to show our continued support to local businesses and the district’s budding entrepreneurs.

With a focus on regeneration and enterprise, TDC are committed to encouraging the growth of new and existing businesses, thereby creating further employment and new opportunities for the people who live and work here. Recognising and celebrating local business successes and sharing these with the wider community is an important part of our role in promoting the people and businesses of Tendring.