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Finalists are announced!

A number of local businesses are celebrating as the shortlisted finalists of the Skipton Business Awards have been announced. The working party of organisers is delighted to have attracted so many entries in the inaugural year of the awards which aims to showcase businesses in Skipton and the BD23 postcode area. After much deliberation, the judges selected a shortlist of finalists for each of the entered categories.

Tyro Training’s Matt Cornish, Head Judge on the panel said: “The judges were incredibly impressed by the sheer number of entrants. The quality was consistently high and it was a genuine challenge to pick a winner from each category.

It’s a fantastic start for the inaugural Skipton Business Awards and great to see so many companies taking part. It’s clear the Skipton area is blessed with a thriving business community.”

The finalists were assessed by the judging panel consisting of independent business experts, Victoria Robertshaw, Owner, Keelham Farm Shop, Alison Davies, Head of Digital, Skipton Building Society, Helen Clarke, Area Business Manager for Leeds and Area, Barclays Bank plc, Debi Hawkins, Skipton Centre Co-ordinator, Cancer Support Yorkshire and Matt Cornish, Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator, Tyro Training.  Winners of each category, including overall Skipton Business of the Year, will be revealed at a glittering ceremony to take place at The Rendezvous Hotel on Thursday 23rd March at 7pm.

Billy Moffatt, Skipton President of the Chamber of Trade said, “Despite a challenging year, local companies from all sectors reported excellent performances and some great achievements. It is fantastic that so many local firms have been inspired to get involved in the awards. In recognising their excellence it provides us a collective and valuable opportunity to champion the Skipton BD23 area as a resourceful place to establish sustainable businesses.”

The awards are supported by the Skipton BID, headline sponsor Andrew Mear of High Corn Mill, associate sponsors The Pentelow Practice and The Mill Shop, twelve category sponsors including Spear Travels Ltd and sponsor of the winners’ champagne.

Tickets for the award ceremony evening, being held at The Rendezvous Hotel, are selling fast; they are available to reserve from the awards website or emailing Wendy Lawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The full shortlist of the Skipton Business Awards 2017 can be seen by clicking here: Shortlist


Judges deliberating over entries Feb 2017

A huge thanks to our Headline Sponsor - High Corn Mill

Entries for the awards have now closed and after a fantastic response from businesses of Skipton and the BD23 area they are being presented to judges for preliminary consideration.  The working party would like to thank everyone for the enthusiastic take-up in this, the awards inaugural year as 85 entries were confirmed as received.

Wendy Lawson, Awards Coordinator explained, “Entries are now being sent to judges for initial consideration, before coming together to choose finalists from entries on Tuesday 21st February.  She went on to explain that finalists would be contacted from 22nd February, as a priority and all entrants would be contacted and acknowledged after that.

In addition to the fantastic response to entering the awards in its first year, Wendy also confirmed that a Headline Sponsor had come forward in support of the Awards.

Andrew Mear of High Corn Mill has stepped forward to majorly support the Awards as Headline Sponsor. A true philanthropist he is already involved in contributing time and expertise to the business community in Skipton and was happy to support this initiative which champions Skipton and BD23 businesses.  High Corn Mill, one of Skipton’s most historic buildings has been sensitively renovated over time and now houses several businesses as well as retaining a working water-wheel which generates power for the building and nearby properties.

Awards Headline Sponsor - Andrew Mear - High Corn Mill

President, Billy Moffat said of Andrew Mear’s support, “The Awards were created to offer local businesses an opportunity to promote what they do best. It has been so encouraging to receive the support of independent Skipton businesses contributing to the success of one another through sponsorship.  Andrew and his family have owned and run successful businesses in Skipton for decades. His generosity to the awards in our first year will ensure that 2017 is a success and that we can plan for future years, which will give the opportunity for many more businesses to be recognised each year for their hard work and passion; making Skipton a thriving, nationally recognised, great community. On behalf of the Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Awards working party, I would like to thank Andrew and all sponsors for their incredible support towards this initiative.”

Initial Foundation funding was received from Skipton BID.
Other sponsors in 2017 are:
Associate Sponsors;                The Mill Shop and Pentelow Practice
Winners’ Champagne:             The Shepherd Partnership Limited
Category Sponsors:                 Barclays Bank plc, Bizzie Lizzie’s, Bluefin Insurance Services, Craven College, 
                                             Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants, Keelham Farm Shop, The Rendezvous
                                             Hotel, Spear Travels Ltd, Skipton Market, Tyro Training and Windle & Bowker

Tickets for the presentation evening event at The Rendezvous Hotel are available to book via the awards website:  The formal event is taking place on Thursday 23rd March 2017, from 7pm.

Funding for the Awards has been confirmed

Great news - our application for seed funding has been approved by Skipton BID.

In line with their own aims and objectives, the BID board approved the Chamber's application for Foundation funding, so that the Awards could launch.

The working party have been liaising with other 'award groups' and want to thank them for their assistance and advice leading up to this point.  It's all systems go now, leading up to the launch event on Thursday 6th October and eventual Presentation evening on Thursday 23rd March 2017.  Many thanks Skipton BID and sponsors!



Skipton Business Awards 2017 are launched

Entries are now open for Skipton Business Awards 2017, a new initiative announced on 6th October and the first of its kind in the town for more than a decade.

The awards are spearheaded by the Skipton Chamber of Trade, which celebrates its 120th year backing businesses in the town. Not limited to Chamber members, entry is open to any business with a BD23 postcode. 

A working party of volunteers from the Chamber membership has been working to put the awards programme in place.  With financial backing from Skipton BID and thirteen sponsors already in place, the team welcome more sponsors to come forward to support the awards as Headline or Associate event sponsors.

The awards offer 12 varied categories which offer plenty of options for business owners to enter.  There is no charge for entry and the application process has been made simple to encourage time-pressured business owners to take part.

Monday 16th January, noon is the entry deadline to allow time for a panel of independent judges to consider the entries in depth before the award ceremony dinner on Thursday 23rd March at The Rendezvous Hotel, which will celebrate the success of the winners and showcase the nominees and runners-up.

Co-ordinator of the awards, Wendy Lawson said “The Chamber is a long established and much loved organisation which champions the businesses of Skipton.  These awards will celebrate and reward the dedication of companies that help to foster a vibrant town to visit, live and work.”

The twelve award categories are: Best Food and Drink, Best Accommodation Provider, Best Customer Service, Best Retailer, Best Health & Beauty Business, Best Manufacturer/Engineering Business, Best Apprentice/Trainee, Best Professional/Financial Service Provider, Best Market Stall, Best Leisure and Tourism Business, the Special Chamber Award (nominated by members of the public) and Business of the Year; awarded to the most inspirational business from all the category winners.

Entry forms for the awards can be completed online at and business owners interested in sponsorship should contact Wendy Lawson on 01756 798257 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Left to right: Wendy Lawson, Felicity Green, Billy Moffat, Jane Ellison-Bates and Amanda Casey (working group members)

Early entries show support for awards

Just a few weeks since the launch of Skipton Business Awards 2017, entries are already flying in, reports Co-ordinator Wendy Lawson.  The first entry was received within a week of the awards website going live and sets the bar for the Food and Drink category.

Spearheaded by the Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which is celebrating 120 years of backing businesses in the town, the awards are backed by Skipton BID and Associate sponsors including The Pentelow Practice and The Mill Shop along with individual category sponsors.

Not limited to Chamber members, entry is open to any business with a Skipton BD23 postcode up to the deadline of 16 January 2017. An award ceremony dinner on Thursday March 23rd at The Rendezvous Hotel will celebrate the success of the winners and showcase the nominees and runners-up.

Wendy Lawson explains “We’re delighted that a number of early entries has shown the demand for the business awards in Skipton, as owners and managers see the opportunity for PR exposure in the form of sponsorship, nomination and shortlisting, as well the potential kudos of winning one of the twelve categories.”

Over the next few weeks Skipton Business Awards are expanding on the award categories and encouraging readers to reach out to their favourite businesses, employers and contacts in Skipton to let them know about the awards.

This week they look at the three categories that are among the first to receive entries:

Best Food and Drink

Open to all businesses involved in food and drink; restaurants, pubs, bistros, cafes, sandwich bars, delicatessens, breweries… Skipton has a plethora of businesses to satisfy many thousands of tastes each year, it would be lovely to include every one. Who do we go to for that best flavour, the quickest snack, the best value meal? 

Best Retailer

For years Skipton has been recognised for its distinctive streets and the shops which line them, providing fantastic choice and jobs for many thousands, let’s celebrate them. Not restricted to bricks and mortar, entry is open to online businesses too.  The more the merrier. 

Best Leisure and Tourism

Skipton is a destination of choice for many in the UK and across the world.  As such it has developed a leisure and tourism base of which the town is proud.  This category is open to all businesses which provide facilities, service and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.  From tourist attractions to event organisers it’s open to all.

Next week they will focus on another three categories. Further information about the application process including online entry can be found at Any business owners interested in becoming an Associate or Headline sponsor should contact Wendy Lawson on 01756 798257 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A funding application has been submitted

Members of the Skipton Business Awards working group have been liaising with similar Awards organisations to bring together an application for seed funding for the Skipton Business Awards 2017 project.  Huge thanks goes to representatives of Keighley and Ilkley Awards groups for assisting us with budget advice and logistics.  As a voluntary and very part-time group the assistance provided has been invaluable.  We are most excited to get this project off the ground and will bring you news, as soon as we have it, regarding the application outcome.

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