A welcome from George Kieffer, our 2022 Chair of Judges, Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership, Vice Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of Estuary Housing Association

“The Covid pandemic had an impact on the Tendring Blue Ribbon Awards in 2020 and 2021 as it did on many businesses. However, we have returned with new sponsors and I am sure that our celebrations this year will make up for lost time.

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

The life-blood of the local economy relies on businesses and organisations such as yours that have sustained employment and prosperity despite all the difficulties over the past two years and have contributed much to the social cohesion of the district. There are many opportunities as we emerge, not least the designation of Freeport East and the impetus this will bring to Harwich. I would like to congratulate all the nominees not just on their survival, but on the contribution they have made and I look forward to celebrating the award winners and indeed all the nominees with you all. We have a new headline sponsor this year, FJG Fisher Jones Greenwood, Solicitors with offices in Clacton-on-Sea, Holland-on-Sea and throughout Essex. They are joining TC Group, Barclays and Chaselet Ltd to support the awards this year. Our grateful thanks to our main sponsors and also to the sponsors of the various categories who have made this event possible again. I am also grateful to my fellow judges for their time to assess and deliberate on the entrants and I am pleased to introduce them…

Judging Panel

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

Business woman Lynda has spent the last 30 plus 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 Sir Bernard Jenkin was awarded ‘Knight of the Realm’ in 2018 for his political and public service during the past 30 years.  Sir Bernard is Chair of the Liaison Committee and was previously Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, and Vice Chair of the Conservative Party.

Andy Scott CEO Vivid Brand Photo of Andy Scott

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 comms agencies in the world.

Giles Watling MP for Clacton Photo of Giles Watling

Elected Member of Parliament for Clacton in 2017, Giles also served as Ward Councillor for Frinton until 2019.  He is now the Chair of the FCDO Backbench Committee and a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.  With a background in performing arts, Giles has directed over 70 plays and produced and written for television and theatre.


TC Group is an Accountancy Age ‘Top 40’ firm of accountants and tax advisers specialising in the provision of bespoke, high quality accountancy and taxation solutions. Our expert knowledge and experience allows us to provide our clients with results designed to meet the unique needs of their businesses.

It is this proactive and tailored approach that ensures we can meet the needs of our clients. This allows them to remain functional, compliant, and most of all, profitable. Our proactive accountancy services boost our clients’ bottom line and help them to make the right decisions for both now and the future.

Based across the UK, we have several locations offering excellence in accountancy – so we are always well resourced to handle your financial concerns in a professional, cost effective, and timely fashion.


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 Ribbon Awards, focus especially on helping their clients grow & protect their business.  The team are locally based and able to meet clients in either their local branch or at the client’s 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.


Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is an award-winning and innovative law firm based in Central London and throughout Essex, ranked in both Legal500 and Chambers directories. With 35 years’ experience and over 170 lawyers, paralegals and support staff, we provide a full range of commercial and private legal services.

Our company is committed to giving back to the locality in which we work, truly wanting to make a difference for our clients, businesses, and our shared communities. We also pride ourselves on being a vibrant, innovative, and technologically advanced firm, embracing new ways of working to ensure our colleagues are happy and to enhance our clients’ entire experience of legal services.

As a firm we have a set of core values that we are always striving towards. In everything we do, we are always committed to implementing these values at every opportunity in order to operate with fairness, integrity, respect and expertise.