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

Jonathan Wild.
Jonathan Wild.

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


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.