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K&ABA 2018: Pre-Launch

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards held a launch for the 2018 awards, generously hosted by Keighley College on November 6th.

The launch was the unveiling of the spread of the awards for 2018.

The headline sponsor for the event will be Keighley Business Club, which is backed by KeighleyBid.

Phil Walker from Keighley Business Club said ‘We are proud to sponsor this prestigious event in Keighley and Airedale once again and look forward to seeing businesses from the area showcasing their unique skills and achievements. Keighley Business Club, run by Keighley BID, is all about both bringing local business together and also promoting their services to a broader audience. The awards are an effective way of doing this. We would urge local businesses to become involved by completing the simple entry process for next year’s awards.’

It was gratifying to hear from the winner of Overall Business of the Year Award Darren Burrell from Snugpak who commented ‘We manufacture our product in the UK and sometimes people are surprised by this. We should be celebrating this fact and making sure everyone knows we are proud to do so from our base in Keighley.’

We also heard from the winner of Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year Award Andrew Milnes from Mortgage Q who commented that ‘The awards have helped our business on a local level and has given us the confidence to enter a national award which we went on to win.’

Harry Gration encouraged businesses to put themselves forward and demonstrate, once again, the variety and enterprise active locally.

Many of the sponsorship opportunities have been filled, but there are still some openings for this high profile event.

This year’s entry categories were also announced, and so businesses across Airedale can start to think about making their case and showcasing their achievements. Entry is free, and the form is simple. Capturing business success and broadcasting it, is the crucial part.

Cllr Doreen Lee, Deputy Lord Mayor, declared the application process for 2018 open and commented ‘This is a brilliant event and we have a great opportunity to promote the business community in Keighley and its proud history. We need members of all communities to come forward and be involved.’