A BAKERY has won big at a regional business awards ceremony.

Gluten-free specialist Davina Steel, from Halstead, has been named New Business of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards Essex.

The company fought off strong competition from rivals DigiTech Search and Vision Co-working Spaces to grab the top spot at a ceremony at Five Lakes Resort in Tolleshunt Knights.

Co-founder Davina Steel said: “We are absolutely over the moon to win this prestigious award.

“We’ve worked very hard to develop our business and create a range of products that are not only delicious but also gluten-free.”

The firm is the only commercial, artisan and gluten-free bakery in East Anglia and produces a range of innovative products such as its award-winning specialist focaccia.

The category was sponsored by insurance brokers James Hallam.

Sponsors head Dave Watson said: “Davina has developed an outstanding business around her multi award-winning products, which in itself is a fantastic achievement.

“To have done so with such additional barriers and rivers to cross shows incredible passion, drive and commitment.

“She’s a truly inspirational businesswoman who is great to work with.”