Thank you to the Awards' sponsors
Each year since the awards launched we have received the backing through the generous support and sponsorship from Skipton and BD23's business community members.
Our headline sponsor in 2019 was Skipton BID. Here is information about our 2019 headline and category sponsors.
Skipton BID - Headline Sponsor 2019
The Awards were first launched in October 2016 by the Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce, with Skipton BID supporting the initial event with foundation funding. The event has become the highlight of Skipton’s business calendar and the organisers are delighted to have Skipton BID back on board for 2019, this time as headline sponsor.
Skipton BID (Business Improvement District) has grown to become one of the leading BID organisations in the UK. It is voted for and levy funded by the business community within a defined area to promote the growth of the local economy in ways that cannot be funded by local authorities.
Geraldine Thompson, BID Manager and Director was looking forward to the forthcoming year of awards and being able to celebrate with the ‘Best’ businesses in Skipton.
She said: “The BID is delighted to see so many businesses participate in and support the Skipton Business Awards, because our town and the surrounding area has so much to offer to clients, shoppers, staff, residents and visitors. It is a privilege to enable the businesses to have this opportunity to shine.”
Skipton BID also run a separate award which is presented on the night of the awards - 'Best Bar None' please contact Geraldine Thompson directly for more information about entering this category.
Category sponsor - Best Fitness, Health & Beauty Business 2019
Aspire Magazine is completely independently owned and run, and is a local publication aimed at families, which is delivered straight through the letterbox of 27,000 affluent homes in Craven, Airedale, Wharfedale and The Dales every month, by Royal Mail.
Category Sponsor - Best New Business 2019
AWB Charlesworth Solicitors aim to make life easier for you by providing expert legal advice for your business and personal life.
Combining the skills and expertise of our dedicated team of lawyers, we are committed to working together to advise and assist you in a comprehensive range of legal services.
As a local firm with offices in Skipton and throughout the Aire Valley, we pride ourselves on our strong community links and ability to combine expert legal advice with a friendly approachable style; delivering efficient, client focused legal support made simple for individuals and businesses alike.
Category Sponsor - Best Retailer 2019
Barclays has more than 325 years of history from our beginnings in Lombard Street.
Long established and supportive of local community - we work closely with our business and personal clients.
We are happy to be supporters of the Skipton Business Awards.
Category Sponsor - Best Customer Service 2019
Family-run Bizzie Lizzie’s of Swadford Street is the flagship of the Group and represents one of Skipton’s true business success stories.
Established in 1986, the shop has been extended and improved over the years, winning a host of industry-related accolades along the way. Bizzie Lizzie’s, Swadford Street was voted UK Fish & Chip Shop of the Year and became the first Fish and Chip shop in North Yorkshire to gain the prestigious Investors in People, awarded for across-the-board standards of excellence.
As well as there award winning Fish and Chips Bizzie Lizzie's, High Street Car Park provides a tasty Breakfast and scrumptious Cream Teas.
Category Sponsor - Best Apprentice/Trainee 2019
Fully renovated, the mill provides fabulous premises for a number of independently owned shops and businesses - all just a stone's throw from Skipton High Street, which was recently voted 'High Street of The Year'.
While geared up to the 21st century, High Corn Mill also retains strong links with its medieval past: the waterwheel has been restored and a brand new water turbine generator was commissioned and installed in 2010 and supplies power, via the National Grid, for up to 20 local buildings.
As well as the interesting mix of shops and businesses at the mill, the Historical Innovation Zone gives visitors an insight into the workings behind the medieval mill. This attraction is free to all. The Historical Innovation Zone is open to the public to view the water wheel and the turbine every day.
Free parking on site for all customers.
Category Sponsor - Best Accommodation Provider 2019
Don’t just protect your business, future proof it
The success of a business is usually a result of hard work, personal sacrifice, and commitment. And with employees, suppliers and customers all dependent on its success, it makes sense to do all you can to protect it.
Jelf provide advice on a full range of insurance products, and according to your particular risk requirements, will create a package incorporating the appropriate covers for you.
Jelf’s aim is simple - to help you feel confident that your business has the processes in place to minimise risk. To create a business where your employees know that you care about them and their working environment and a business that can bounce back with the least amount of disruption if something goes wrong.
Visit jelf.com for more information.
Category Sponsor - Best Food and Drink Provider 2019
Plus providing the prize for one lucky free prize draw winner - see Skipton Town Guide for more details
This family run hotel on the outskirts of the delightful market town of Skipton - gateway to the Dales, offers the best in Yorkshire hospitality - with staff who really do care! Guests return time and again, whether it's for business or leisure, because we offer warmth and a genuine professional hospitality.
Dine in our canalside Baby Swan restaurant where a stream of activity keeps you entertained. We are proud of our restaurants, offering straightforward, honest to goodness food, cooked by a dedicated team supporting local suppliers. We've a fantastic gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and 1 mile walk on the towpath of the beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal into the delightful Dales market town of Skipton.
Category Sponsor - Best Manufacturer and Engineering Business 2019
Shepherd Partnership Ltd is a friendly, long-established Chartered Accountants practice with offices in Skipton and Settle, Yorkshire.
We deliver a broad range of services to mainly local small to medium businesses including accounting, tax compliance and planning, auditing, VAT, and payroll services.
Led by Directors Alan Webb, Adam Dutton and Andrew McManus, our 16-strong staff team offers a comprehensive yet personal and good value service.
We pride ourselves on being a firm that is compliant, reliable and trustworthy, and on providing our clients with a professional and approachable service. We genuinely care about the future prosperity of all our clients and have established long standing and solid relationships for over 40 years.
We don't just crunch numbers - we aim to provide support and assistance and to work with our clients to help them grow and prosper. Our core function is to deliver accountancy expertise to businesses throughout Skipton, Settle, the Craven Dales, Keighley and beyond.
To discuss how we can help your business to grow and proper, please contact us.
Category Sponsor - Best Professional/Financial Services Provider 2019
Established in 1853, Skipton was among the first building societies, and we remain true to that rich heritage today by offering people contemporary solutions to their changing financial needs.
The major employer in the North Yorkshire town whose name we share, Skipton has grown from humble beginnings, to become the nation's fourth biggest building society.
Our prudent approach to doing business – coupled with our uniquely diversified Group structure – has ensured the Society's success, for the benefit of our members, through both the good economic times and the more challenging.
Special Chamber Award 2019
The Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce has a long, proud and distinguished pedigree of championing the interests of local businesses.
Established in 1897, it is one of the longest-running organisations of its kind in the UK.
Category Sponsor - Best Market Stall 2019
Skipton Market is unique in the way it operates. Its history dates back to medieval times, when a Royal Charter from King John granted consent to 'The Lord of the Honour' of Skipton Castle to hold a fair on Skipton High Street.
This consent still holds true today - and the current owner of Skipton Castle grants the rights to hold the market on four days each week.
For many years, the market in Skipton was a place where animals were traded. The town's close association with sheep is reflected in the name. Skipton actually means 'Sheep Town' - so the historic link will always remain.
The trading of animals still takes place, on an almost daily basis, in Skipton - but this trading now takes place in the purpose-built Auction Mart on the outskirts of Town.
The historic fairs of medieval times, and the associated trading of animals, have long since been replaced by what we now recognise as a traditional street market, but the principles are the same - a group of traders get together on the High Street, and sell their wares.
On each market day, stalls are erected on the area of the High Street known as the "setts". These are, in effect, cobbled areas between the formal footpaths and the main road.
There are no fixed stalls. Traders bring their own - and they are built and dismantled at the start and the end of each market day.
The Market is controlled on a day-to-day basis by Skipton Town Council, under an agreement with Skipton Castle. The Council acts as the Market Authority with responsibility for deciding who can trade and what they can sell. This process helps to maintain the mix of goods available on the Market. The Council also promotes the Market to visitors and makes sure that all traders are operating in line with market regulations.
Category Sponsor - Best Leisure & Tourism Provider 2019
We have been established since 1983 and are multiple award-winning travel agents specialising in long-haul, tailor-made holidays, flights, cruises, villas, city breaks, skiing and family holidays offering truly independent and impartial advice from amazingly well-traveled staff. We are independent and tied to no one, unlike the multiples on the high street, and we offer what is best for our customers. Other branches in Yorkshire are in Boroughbridge, Helmsley, Leyburn, Northallerton and Stokesley. We look forward to meeting you!
Category Sponsor - Best Business to Business (B2B) and Wholesaler 2019
Windle & Bowker is a firm of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers with offices in Barnoldswick and Skipton offering accounts, taxation and business advisory and support services to a wide range of businesses and individuals.
At Windle & Bowker we provide a cost-effective, high value solution to meet all of your financial needs. We work hard to get to know you in order to deliver timely, individual advice on how to improve your business and personal wealth.