Hambleton’s business heroes have been recognised at a special ceremony.
Nine awards were made in the District Council’s annual awards – including one to a local ‘champion’ driven to bringing visitors into the area.
Ian Ashton – who runs the World of James Herriot in Thirsk – received the Hambleton Champion Award in recognition of the time and support he has given to Thirsk, Hambleton and beyond as a business ambassador – attracting visitors from America and China and building strong links between the tourist attraction and the wider business community.
And Barry Dodd CBE, her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire and Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership received a Lifetime Achievement Award for both his work as a local business man creating employment and latterly for his role as Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership which has done a huge amount to help drive the economy of Hambleton forward.
“This is our second year for these awards and we the judging was very tough – with 225 entrants to consider,” said Deputy Leader of the Council, Coun Peter Wilkinson.
“Hambleton is a great place to live, work and grow your business and the standard of entries showed just that – competition was very strong.
“The council continues to support businesses no matter how big or small, established or just starting out – and these winners demonstrate that this is a place to develop and raise a business.”
Awards also went to:
- Apprenticeship Champion Award: Well Heeled Boutique in Thirsk which has not only supported their own apprentice, but encouraged other businesses to take local apprentices on within their companies.
- Community Contribution Award: Bedale and Villages Community Forum for social media and website developments in partnership with local businesses to promote a consistent brand for the town – with business directory, event guide and local news.
- Best Dressed Window/Display Award: Two Bees Treat Boutique in Thirsk for creativity and commitment to quality and perfection in all its window displays.
- Engaging Young Minds Award: Stewart Brennan from Tanton Technology in Stokesley for his dedication and inspirational work promoting engineering and science to young people schools and colleges building significant links between business and education, now and for the future.
- Learning and Development Award: Ryedale Plasterers from Brompton, Northallerton for excellence in restoration across a team with a combined tenure of over 100 years, and for constant determination to strive for continuous professional development within the business.
- Local is Best Award: Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café, Northallerton, for the use of local produce, employing local people, assisting local charities and determination to get people to understand the link between growing food on the land and serving it on a plate.
- The Innovation Award IT-IS International Ltd from Stokesley in recognition of the world leading developments in DNA testing equipment – for the world’s first solid state DNA analysis machine. The MyGo Mini has been utilised around the world including tests on travellers for Ebola.
Highly commended awards went to: James Searle from JAS product Design in Northallerton under the Innovation category and Samantha Chisholm from Headquarters in Bedale under the Best Dressed Window Category.
The awards were sponsored by Dales of Thirsk and the Federation of Small Businesses – and the ceremony compered by John Clayton of Star Radio.