Excellence in Business Awards: new year entries urged

As 2019 draws to a close, business owners are being urged to get the New Year off to a flying start by entering the Harrogate Advertiser Excellence in Business Awards.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 1:30 pm
Ladieswear firm Snooty Frox was one of the winners to collect their award from host Harry Gration MBE in 2019. PHOTO: Gerard Binks.

The awards, which are now in their 15th year, celebrate all that is best in the region’s business community, and are open to companies based in any of the circulation areas of the Harrogate Advertiser series, which includes the Harrogate Advertiser, Wetherby News, Knaresborough Post, Ripon Gazette and Nidderdale Herald.

Thta’s an area of more than 500 square miles, covering the whole of the Harrogate District – including Masham, Boroughbridge, Nidderdale, the Washburn Valley, and parts of the Vale of York – plus Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster and villages east of Leeds.

There are 12 categories to enter:

- Best Newcomer

- Community Initiative of the Year

- Best Rural Business

- Tourism Award

- Best Family-Run Business

- Best SME (under 50 employees)

- Best Large Company (50+ employees)

- Employer of the Year

- Apprentice of the Year

- Entrepreneur of the Year

- Digital & Technological Development Award

- Sustainability Award

The winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards ceremony hosted by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration MBE at Pavilions of Harrogate on Thursday, April 2.

Series editor Jean MacQuarrie said: “Our area is home to thousands of businesses – from tiny start-ups to listed multinationals – and among them are some stellar success stories.

“Those are the ones we’re looking for – the stand-out companies that provoke admiration and inspire others to match their high standards.

“We’re urging businesses across the area to enter these awards and win the recognition they deserve. Just imagine if you won – what a way to start the new decade!”

Businesses may enter as many categories as they like, via the dedicated awards website at www.harrogatebusinessawards.co.uk.

The deadline for entries is midday on Friday, February 28.