Winners announced at Harrogate Advertiser Excellence in Business Awards

The long wait came to an end last night when the winners of the Harrogate Advertiser Series Excellence in Business Awards were finally announced in a live-streamed virtual ceremony.

By Brogan Maguire
Friday, 16th October 2020, 2:13 pm

The online awards event, which was expertly hosted by BBC Look North legend Harry Gration MBE, brought to a close the longest awards season in the paper’s history.

The awards were launched at the end of last year and a live ceremony had been planned for April but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Harry Gration presented the awards in an online ceremony.

In the event, the online version went without a hitch and the region’s business community watched from offices, workshops, studios and homes as the worthy winners were announced.,

Editor Jean MacQuarrie said: “This was obviously the most unusual Business Awards any of us can remember, but it went extremely well, and our friend Harry handled the whole event with aplomb.

“I’d like to thank all our loyal sponsors Harrogate Borough Council, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Berwins, Rudding Park, Leathers the Accountants and Howard Matthews Partnership, because without them there wouldn’t have been any Excellence in Business Awards at all.

“Congratulations must also go, of course, to all the winners. Between them they really represent everything that’s great about our business community, and we’re very proud of them all.”

The winners are:

Best Rural Business

Studfold - the Nidderdale Experience

Tourism Award

Mother Shipton’s

Best Family-Run Business

Mama Doreen’s

Employer of the Year

Radfield Home Care Harrogate

Entrepreneur of the Year

Adam Chandler - Reel Film Media

Best SME

9xb eCommerce

Best Large Company


Best Newcomer


Community Initiative of the Year

Vertu Volkswagen, Knaresborough

Apprentice of the Year

Luke Messenger - Disability Action Yorkshire


Signa Technologies Ltd

Sustainability Award

Harrogate Bus Company