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The winners of Skipton Business Awards 2018

Skipton Business Award Winners Celebrate

Tickets for the glittering award ceremony of the Skipton Business Awards at The Rendezvous Hotel were sold out, with the room packed to capacity as business owners, family and friends gathered to celebrate the town’s finest.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 2018 Skipton Business Awards proved themselves again to be the highlight of the business event calendar in Craven.  Organised by Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce, the initiative brings together companies large and small to showcase the engaging businesses which are really helping the local economy thrive. Not limited to Chamber members, entry was open to any business with a Skipton BD23 postcode.

The beautifully dressed Malham Suite saw more than 230 members of the business community seated for the show, with the atmosphere a mix of excitement, hope and geniality.

Chamber Coordinator, Wendy Lawson spoke on the night of how much the business community contribute to Skipton being repeatedly regarded as one of the ‘happiest’ places to live.  She said, “Skipton is unique – it is a ‘salt of the earth’, no nonsense Town and district with a massive heart and a business fraternity providing so much support to one another.”

Wendy went on, “to give huge thanks to Headline sponsor Skipton Building Society, Winners’ Champagne sponsor The Pentelow Practice, table centre sponsor AWB Charlesworth Solicitors and the thirteen category sponsors; also Malcolm and Karen Weaving, Amanda Casey and their incredible team at The Rendezvous Hotel, everyone who gave of their time and expertise to help out and the businesses who took time to enter.”

The judging panel for the awards was made up  of impartial business experts; Alison Davies, Head of Digital, Skipton Building Society, Helen Clarke, Area Business Manager for Leeds and Area, Barclays Bank plc, Wendy Bateson, Estate Administrator, Broughton Hall Estate, Geraldine Thompson, BID Manager & Director, Skipton BID and Matt Cornish, AKA PR. 

Bizzie Lizzie’s was named Overall Winner, having earlier picked up the Food & Drink Award. Details of the winners in each category can be found on the awards website as follows:

Best Bar None
A separate award organised and sponsored by Skipton BID

Winner: Venue Sports & Music Bar
Finalist: V.SQ. “Gin and More”

Best Accommodation Award
Sponsored by The Rendezvous Hotel

Winner: Grassington House


The Black Horse Hotel, Grassington

Dalesgate Lodge B&B                                                                                                                                    

Best Apprentice/Trainee Award
Sponsored by Spear Travels Ltd
Winner: Luke Baldwin (Hartley’s)


Ruby Prince (Coffee Care)
Holly Broadbent (Kingsway Veterinary Group)


Best Business to Business (B2B) Supplier/Wholesaler Award
Sponsored by Bluefin Insurance Services
Winner: Coffee Care


Class One Fresh Produce
Crossgates Health, Hair & Beauty

Best Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Bizzie Lizzie’s
Winner: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa

Kingsway Veterinary Group
Mewies Solicitors

Best Fitness Health & Beauty Business Award
Sponsored by Aspire Magazine
Winner: Crossgates Health, Hair & Beauty

Sitting Pretty
Skipton Slimming World

Best Food & Drink Award
Sponsored by Barclays Bank PLC
Winner: Bizzie Lizzie’s

Coffee Care
Grassington House


Best Leisure & Tourism Award
Sponsored by The Mill Shop, Skipton
Winner: Thornton Hall Country Park


Craven Country Ride

Best Manufacturing/Engineering Business Award
Sponsored by Windle & Bowker
Winner: JB Springs

Principle Healthcare


Best Market Stall Award
Sponsored by Skipton Market
Winner: Traditional Yorkshire Biscuits


Feather’s Funky Eggs

Best New Business Award
Sponsored by High Corn Mill
Winner: Kibble Bakery


Essential Self

Best Professional/Financial Services Business Award
Sponsored by The Shepherd Partnership Limited
Winner: Walker Foster


Mewies Solicitors
The Pentelow Practice

Best Retailer
Sponsored by Tyro Training
Winner: Spear Travels


Fleur Lingerie
The Present Planners Toy Shop

Overall Best Skipton Business Award Winner
Sponsored by Headline Sponsor Skipton Building Society
Winner: Bizzie Lizzie’s

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