Businesses go head-to-head in national contest

Penny Wilby with  Bobby Bayley from Shear Genius, Justine Paul  of Suffolk Market Events, Martin Russ from Wardale Williams, Megan Drew  from Boxford White Hart and Abbie Thoms of Polyspiral Graphic Design. ANL-150127-171053001
Penny Wilby with Bobby Bayley from Shear Genius, Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events, Martin Russ from Wardale Williams, Megan Drew from Boxford White Hart and Abbie Thoms of Polyspiral Graphic Design. ANL-150127-171053001

A Sudbury marketing specialist is championing local business owners who are battling it out in a national competition.

Boxford resident Penny Wilby has run the online local business directory Best of Sudbury since April last year.

The site is one of over 200 across the country that showcase the best of local business, services and events.

Now five small Sudbury businesses are taking part in the Local and Loved competition, with their success dependant on the number of customer reviews on the Best of Sudbury site.

Penny said the local businesses are doing well in the polls, with many making the top five in their category.

“We are one of the smallest areas of all the Best of sites,” she said.

“I’m really proud of how the companies from around here are doing.”

The competition ends on January 31, with the winners expected to be announced later in the year.

Justine Paul, who runs several local farmers’ markets, has made it into the top 100 best loved businesses in the country with Suffolk Market Events.

In the best pub category, Boxford’s White Hart is currently sitting in second place.

Penny said the success of local businesses was down to the people who use them.

“I think Sudbury is a really special place,” she added.