Hambleton’s business heroes recognised

Hambleton business heroes have been recognized in a special awards ceremony.

Nine awards were made in the district councils first ever Hambleton Business Awards.

Deputy leader of the council, Coun Peter Wilkinson said:

“We believe that Hambleton is a great place to live, work and grow your business.

“The council plans to continue to support businesses over the next ten years no matter how big or small, established or just starting out and we hope that the winners of the these awards demonstrate that this is a place to develop and raise a business.”

Apprenticeship Champion Award went to Glenn Young at Heritage Craft Alliance at Thorp Perrow for his dedication to supporting others to take on apprentices.

Best Dressed Window/Display Award went to White Rose Books in Thirsk for their amazing window displays inspiring others and encouraging reading.     

Jill Miller from Thirsk Ladies Group won the Community Contribution Award for her many years of hard work supporting the town and the businesses within it and coming up with creative ways to raise funds for key events.

Engaging Young Minds Award went to Rural Arts who have been recognised for the range of activities they are supporting for young people inspiring them and motivating them through working with professional artists.

Mowbray School in Bedale were also Highly Commended for their work on integrating enterprise education into the curriculum. 

The Hambleton Champion Award went to David Kerfoot MBE from Northallerton in recognition of all the time and resources David has given to projects in the area and support to the business community.

Gary Lewis from Betterdaze won the Innovation Award for his great efforts in marketing his own business and Northallerton town plus his support to other businesses in Hambleton.             

The Local is Best Award went to Proper Tasty who source all their fresh produce locally, employ all local staff and support other local businesses and charities in the area.

They have been recognised for putting their investment back into the local business community supporting the local economy.

Colin Grimston from Enterprise North Yorkshire won the Supporting Entrepreneurs Award encouraging and mentoring others who are venturing into the business world for the first time. 

And the Learning and Development Award goes to R&R Ice Cream who has created a working and learning environment across the company allowing everyone to develop skills and knowledge to progress. 


The awards were sponsored by Dales of Thirsk, the Federation of Small Businesses and Arty Party of Thirsk.

Business award winners
Winners of the awards are pictured with Coun ohn Prest, chairman of the council who presented them with the awards and Coun Mark Robson, leader of the council, Coun Peter Wilkinson, deputy leader and Neil Collinson from Dales of Thirsk whose firm made and designed the awards


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