Celebrating the cream of district’s business - winners of the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards

Jonathan Wild.
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it was an evening to remember for many of the district’s business people as the winners of this year’s Ackrill Media Group Business Awards were announced at a sparkling awards ceremony.

Held in the newly opened Hall H of the Harrogate International Centre, the awards dinner was attended by 410 business people from across the district and beyond. They enjoyed a Champagne reception followed by a three course meal in the prestigious surroundings of the HIC’s latest extension.

Live music was provided by Harrogate band The Nightjars, with dancing and a late bar continuing until 1am.

But the highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 13 category winners. They are:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: sponsored by Windsor House

Ashleigh Young

Best Rural Business: sponsored by The Yorkshire Agricultural Society

I’Anson Bros Ltd

Tourism Award: sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire

NEHS - Harrogate Flower Shows

Green Award: sponsored by The HACS Group

Studfold – The Nidderdale Experience

Employee of the Year:

Lizzie Rosewood – Talking Spaces

Employer of the Year: sponsored by Berwins Solicitors

CNG Ltd

Best Small Company of the Year: sponsored by the Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Alexanders Horseboxes

Best Medium Company of the Year: sponsored by Si Recruitment

SB Utilities Ltd

Best Large Company of the Year: sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors

EnviroVent Limited

Best Company Website of the Year: sponsored by www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk

The Little Red Berry Co

The Harrogate Borough Council ‘Working for your Business’ Award: sponsored by Harrogate Borough Council

Helping Hands of Harrogate Ltd

Business Personality of the Year: sponsored by Saffery Champness

Simon Cotton

Lifetime Achievement Award: sponsored by Cicada Communications Ltd

Jonathan Wild

Jean MacQuarrie, editor of the Ackrill Media Group, which publishes the Harrogate Advertiser, Ripon Gazette, Wetherby News, Knaresborough Post and Nidderdale Herald, said: “The Business Awards are now firmly established as a key celebration of the business community in Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon, Knaresborough and Nidderdale.

“Very many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted for an award, and especially to the winners.”

l For pictures of the awards ceremony, see next week’s paper.