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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..

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