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
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
Best Small Company of the Year: sponsored by the Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Best Medium Company of the Year: sponsored by Si Recruitment
SB Utilities Ltd
Best Large Company of the Year: sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors
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
Lifetime Achievement Award: sponsored by Cicada Communications Ltd
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.