Are you Ely’s new Business of the Year 2016? If you think you could be then this is the category for you

Flashback to 2015 winners

Flashback to 2015 winners - Credit: Archant

Are you a new business which has been going since January 1 2015? If the answer is yes then you are eligible to enter the new business category in the Ely Business Awards.

Whoever picks up this award, which is sponsored by Cambridge Commodities, at our presentation ceremony in October will be following in the footsteps of Rx Guidelines who were last year’s winners.

The judges, in picking them for the prize said: “RX Guidelines have developed medical software solutions which has a huge global potential for innovative mobile applications.

“This small business comprising of four people who have never run a business before combines software expertise with commercial knowledge to ensure the growth and sustainability of the business.”

The New Business of the Year is open to any company of any size, including sole traders, that have been set up since January 1 2015. It does not have to be registered for VAT.

Cambridge Commodities are proud to sponsor this category.

Cambridge Commodities is a leading stock holder and ingredient supplier to the sports nutrition, health & wellbeing, food & drink, and pet & equine nutrition industries.

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Cambridge Commodities specialise in providing a tailored and personal service to meet the needs of our clients. They are passionate about new product development and can help to formulate a product to meet industry trends.

The company currently employs 90+ staff who are focused on providing exceptional customer service at every touch point. With a breadth of foreign languages spoken in-house, the sales, purchasing and quality teams can communicate effectively with international suppliers and clients.

Cambridge Commodities are dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality nutritional ingredients to make the best possible products. This mission starts by ensuring that high standards are met at every step of the supply chain.

Suppliers must complete a verification process consisting of a meticulous questionnaire and thorough sampling of the material before approval. The technical team, which includes nine trained auditors travel to all parts of the world auditing suppliers to ensure products meet all regulatory and quality requirements.

Every batch that arrives at their warehouse undergoes strict quality testing to assure its integrity. Cambridge Commodities holds a variety of quality and industry accreditations including BRC Food 7, Informed-Sport, Organic, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 and our clean rooms are ISO Class 8 standard.

The site is an impressive 100,000 sq ft, designed around core processes and is optimised to enable each department to deliver exceptional customer service. The warehouse is capable of holding 10,000 pallet bays and natural light combined with energy-saving LED sensor-activated bulbs significantly reduces our energy usage.

Cambridge Commodities has grown significantly in recent years turning over £30m in 2014 to £37m last year. European sales have grown from £300k in 2011 to an impressive £7m last year. In addition to this Cambridge Commodities was ranked 36 on HSBC’s International Track 200 2015. More recently, and was named in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain as well as winning two local business awards: International Trade Champion and Medium Business of the Year. Cambridge Commodities plans to continue growth by focusing on developing the European market and product innovation.