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