Awards

Award categories available to enter in 2019: (entry for 2019 closed Friday 15th February 2019)

Sorry if you missed the entry deadline for the 2019 awards. Add this website to your favourites and do enter next time entries open (normally around October each year).  

Here we provide the information about categories, offering guidelines for each one. N.B. There may be changes each year.

Entries can be submitted using the online form or downloadable form with an explanation as to how your business meets those guidelines.  Judges consider your 300 word summary and supplementary material submitted with entries.

2019 Awards Categories

Best Accommodation Provider

From bunk barns, B&Bs and guest houses to luxury hotels, anyone providing hospitality that champions Skipton as a fabulous tourist destination should enter this award.  The judges would like to hear how entrants make visitors especially welcome.  Demonstrate two examples of feedback from customers and explain how your accommodation provision is developing to improve service.

Additional guidelines: Tell us about your business. You could include details of how you cater to your clients’ needs, details of customer service, or any innovative or creative aspects to your business. 

Previous winner: Grassington House (2018)

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Best Accommodation Provider

Best Apprentice Trainee

This award is open to all employers who employ an apprentice/trainee. The award will recognise the outstanding achievements of the employee. Judging criteria will look at key achievements and contributions made by the person nominated, what initiative has been shown to help improve processes and quality, what value has been added to the business and what personal achievements the employee/trainee has gained whilst in your employment.

Previous winner: Luke Baldwin (Hartley's) (2018)

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Best Apprentice Trainee

Best Business to Business (B2B) Supplier/Wholesaler

Open to businesses which specialise in supplying businesses.  We created this category after the first year to include those who felt they had no category to be included in.  

Do you offer a service or supply to other businesses?  You may have a retail function too, but if you communicate and offer value, business to business, this is the category for you.  The award will be presented to the company which best demonstrates this. If long-established, how has the business had to adapt to sustain and grow – what changes have been made to incorporate modern technology; is the businesses reach global or locally based and specialist?

Previous winner: Coffee Care (2018)

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Best Business to Business (B2B) Supplier/Wholesaler

Best Customer Service Provider

Explain how your business offers outstanding customer service provision and include two testimonials to support your entry. What do you offer that’s over and above your competitors level of service?

Additional guidelines: Tell us about how your business delivers good customer service. You could include details of how you cater to your clients’ needs, how you manage and measure customer service; or anything you do that goes above and beyond your competitors.

Previous winner: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa (2018)

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Best Customer Service Provider

Best Fitness, Health & Beauty Business

This award is open to all businesses involved in providing health, beauty and fitness products and services.  Judging will consider the overall image of the business; the feedback from clients and customers and the focus on growth and development.

Additional guidelines: Tell us about growth and sustainability of your business.

For example are you a stable or growing company? Include details of any marketing or how you attract new customers.

Previous winner: Crossgates Health, Hair & Beauty (2018)

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Best Fitness, Health & Beauty Business

Best Food and Drink Provider

Open to all businesses involved in the food and drink sector, from restaurants, pubs, hotels, bistros, cafes, sandwich bars through to artisan food producers, the judges will be looking for evidence of creativity and high standards which set you apart. Tell us about other awards you have won and highlight testimonials about your business on independent websites.


Additional guidelines: Perhaps include up to three customer testimonials or case studies, plus any further supporting evidence (ie other awards, Trip Advisor certificates, survey results etc.)

Previous winner: Bizzie Lizzie's (2018)

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Best Food and Drink Provider

Best Leisure and Tourism Provider

This award is open to any business that actively promotes entertainment or leisure activities.  The award will be presented to the business that can demonstrate to the judges how they achieve and maintain quality provision of facilities for visitors and how the business continually enhances the service offering.

Previous winner: Thornton Hall Country Park (2017 & 2018)

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Best Leisure and Tourism Provider

Best Manufacturing & Engineering Business

Our panel of judges will be looking for an outstanding company that can demonstrate a record of success, innovation and growth, together with future growth potential. A company that values its staff by offering training and development and a company that has a unique selling point and manages to stay ahead of its competitors.

Additional guidelines: Tell us about growth and sustainability of your business.

For example are you a stable or growing company? You could include details of any marketing or how you attract new clients, how you look after and train staff etc.

Previous winner: JB Springs (2018)

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Best Manufacturing & Engineering Business

Best Market Stall

All stall traders who hold a full Consent to Trade Agreement for Skipton Market are eligible to enter this category. Judging will look at presentation of the stall, customer service, feedback from the Ambassadors regarding cleanliness, and reliability of attendance.    

Previous winner: Traditional Yorkshire Biscuit (2018)

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Best Market Stall

Best New Business

Open to all new businesses with a BD23 postcode that launched since 1st October 2017 through to the closing date of 15 February 2019.

Additional guidelines: Tell us about your new business. You could include details of how you came up with the idea for the business, how it’s been received by customers and any obstacles you may have overcome in order to get started. 

Previous winner: Kibble Bakery (2018)

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Best New Business

Best Professional/Financial Services Provider

Entrants will need to be able to demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance. You should outline how you have shown excellence in your specific sector and how your business has planned for future growth. Your entry could include turnover figures for previous years and statistics to support any claims you make; all entries will be treated confidentially.  Testimonials (up to 3 short testimonials), and details of any new and or innovative services introduced in the last 12 months.

Previous winner: Walker Foster (2018)

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Best Professional/Financial Services Provider

Best Retailer

The judging criteria will consider the contribution your business makes to Skipton and/or your BD23 local town aesthetically and economically for residents and visitors alike.  Does your business stop locals having to travel elsewhere to shop? Are you bringing income to your town by selling online to customers outside the region whilst you buy from local suppliers? Customer and staff engagement and retention will also be a focus of the judging.  

Additional guidelines: Tell us about your business. You could include details of how you identified the need for the business, how you cater to your customers’ needs, how long the business has been in operation.

Previous winner: Spear Travels (2018)

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Best Retailer

Special Chamber Award (non-entry)

Returning, after a year’s absence; this category cannot be nominated for, nor entered.  It is the choice of the Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce exec board to choose the theme and winner for the award.  In the first year they focussed on businesses which had maintained a long-established link with the Chamber’s 120 years. This next time, it could look at individuals or charities – all will be revealed on the Presentation night on Thursday 25th April 2019.



Previous winner: Skipton Building Society (2017)

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Special Chamber Award (non-entry)

Best Visitor's Recommended (Town Guide Free Prize Draw)

Visitors to Skipton - grab a copy of your free Skipton Town Guide, found in tourist outlets and businesses in and around Skipton.

We are asking visitors to email us their choices of the businesses they would like to win in one or more categories.  Either use the form provided and email it to our Coordinator or use the email contact form to nominate your choices.  

We will contact the business(es) you have nominated and ask them to submit an entry to the Awards.  The entry will then be judged by our independent panel of business experts, alongside other nominations and forms received. If we receive more than 50 entries to the free prize draw, we will create a special Best Visitors' Recommended Business Award.  The winner of the free prize draw will present this award to the winning business on the Presentation Night which takes place on Thursday 25th April 2019.  Please keep this date free in your diary.  

On behalf of the businesses you nominate, we would like to thank you for taking the time to recognise the extra value they have brought to your visit and experience.  Good luck in the free prize draw.

N.B. Terms and conditions are available here


Previous winner: New to 2019

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Best Visitor's Recommended (Town Guide Free Prize Draw)

Best Business of the Year (Overall Winner)

The most inspirational business from all our category winners* will be awarded this overall accolade. The winner will be chosen for being particularly outstanding in one category or a consistent winner across several categories.

* excluding Best Bar None which is a separate Award run by Skipton BID and judged separately and recognised and awarded on the presentation evening.

Previous winner: Bizzie Lizzie's

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Best Business of the Year (Overall Winner)

Best Bar None

This is a special award run separately to Skipton Business Awards and presented by Skipton BID on the night.

‘Best Bar None’ is a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry. It is mainly aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.  Skipton BID is working with the Business Crime Reduction Partnership initiative to reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour in Skipton Town, two objectives that the scheme wholly embraces and they will be presenting the winner of this year’s award on the Presentation Night.  

Contact Skipton BID for more information about this category and how to qualify for entry in forthcoming years.



Previous winner: Venue Sports & Music Bar (2018)

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Best Bar None

Skipton Business Awards 2019 Entry Form

We are now accepting online nominations for all categories listed above.

Apply Online

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our Headline and Category sponsors the Awards can be held each year. A number of our sponsors have been involved since the October launch in 2016 and each year companies are offered the opportunity to express an interest in sponsoring a category. In 2018 to offer a fair chance to all we held a ballot at our launch event. If you would like to be part of future ballots for sponsorship please contact us via the link below. Thank you

  • https://skiptonbid.com/
  • https://www.aspire-mag.biz/
  • https://www.awbclaw.co.uk/
  • http://www.barclays.com/
  • http://www.bizzielizzies.co.uk/
  • http://www.highcornmill.co.uk/
  • http://www.jelf.com
  • http://www.rendezvous-skipton.com/
  • http://www.shepherdpartnership.com/
  • http://www.skipton.co.uk/
  • http://www.skiptonmarket.co.uk
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