Thirteen inspirational entrepreneurs have been recognised at an annual Hambleton awards ceremony.
And three of them have been named ‘champions’ for their work promoting the district and encouraging economic prosperity.
Guy Baragwanath of Thirsk and District Business Association, the Thirsty Thursday group from Stokesley and Peter Rush of Thirsk TIC could not be separated by the judging panel – each devoting a huge amount of time and effort to the district.
“The Hambleton Business Awards are now in their third year and the judging gets tougher and tougher,” said Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr 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.
Awards went to:
l Learning and Development: engineers and manufacturers of curtainside tensioners
l Langver of Thirsk for the business’s commitment to developing staff and for the exceptionally skilled team
l Engaging Young Minds: Liz Pocklington of Riverford Home Delivery of Easingwold – which delivers organic food boxes – for her dedication to Crayke School
l Apprentice Champion: Lucy Collins, Tollerton Surgery for what she brings to the practice
l Graduate Champion: Lauren Bennett of Analox of Stokesley – world leader in the design and manufacture of gas sensors and analysers – for the impact she has had in transforming the company brand
l Local is Best: joint first place went to coffee shop Stamps of Great Ayton, ice cream parlour Sorella of Stokesley and the Fruity Kitchen of Sutton on the Forest.
l Hambleton Champion: Guy Baragwanath, Thirsk and District Business Association; Thirsty Thursday, Stokesley; Peter Rush, Thirsk Tourist Information Centre
l Innovation: manufacturer of tailor made robotic solutions, Labman of Seamer for their dynamic, innovative approach to solving client needs around the world
l Best Dressed Window: Alina Florist, Thirsk for her creative window designs
l Community Contribution: community shop and post office, Barkers of Huby for the great partnership between the villages of Stillington and Huby and the 420 residents who secured the area’s shop and post office.
l Highly commended: North Yorkshire Physiotherapy for work in the local community; Caroline Todd of Hot Toddi for her passion for the area; Skeldale Vets of Thirsk for their promotion of Hambleton through the TV series; Amelia Herbert of Great Ayton for her work on the Tour de Yorkshire in Great Ayton.