Launch of Keighley & Airedale Business Awards 2019

The Keighley & Airedale Business Awards are gearing up for 2019 with a launch evening at Keighley College on Thursday Nov 15th at 5.30pm.

Businesses have entered and showcased their success through the awards since 2013. The awards are established to promote the breadth and quality of businesses that work all around us, but also regionally and in some cases internationally.

The launch is an opportunity for businesses that might be considering entry for one of the awards to find out more.

Some previous sponsors have already signed up but if there are any interested businesses that might consider sponsoring this prestige event in June of 2019, they will be equally welcome to come along and hear what’s intended.

The event is managed, once more by businesses and those organisations that are available to help business.

Steve Burles Co-Chair said, “The awards provide a platform to celebrate success and promote current activity. We have had fabulous support from businesses entering from across Airedale and our business sponsors have enjoyed the coverage we provided. We would like to see this continue into 2019. The event succeeds because people choose to be active and we need to promote ourselves more than ever.”

Howard Martin Co-Chair said, “Each year we meet new outstanding businesses that are doing great things. It is genuinely a pleasure to meet such a spread of talented people each year. We look forward to next year’s surprises.”

Some of last year’s winners will be present at the launch to describe the experience.

Launch event
Thursday November 15th Keighley College 5.30pm – Register Now

K&ABA 2018: The Winners

2018 Keighley & Airedale Business Awards Winners

We’d like to also congratulate the sponsors and Special Recognition winners on their success.

Milner Awards – Engineering Apprentice of the Year
Best Vocational Skills Development – Sam Saunders
Best Academic Achievement – Nathan Buckle
Outstanding Apprentice – Jasmine Hibbert

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Cavendish Business Centre
Winner – Bracken Hall House
Special Recognition – Grind and Groove

SME Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Alternative Board
Winner – IconX
Special Recognition – Specsavers Keighley

Business Personality of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley Town Council
Winner – Mohammed Zamir Hanif – Balti House
Special Recognition – Robin McAndrew – Shield Building Services

Independent Trader of the Year – Sponsored by Airedale Enterprise Services
Winner – Janus Interiors
Special Recognition – The Bingley Gallery

Manufacturing Business of the Year – Sponsored by Rotherwood Recruitment
Winner – Wave Refrigeration
Special Recognition – Specialised Covers

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley College
Winner – Deana Wood – Specsavers Keighley
Special Recognition – Lauren Facey – John W Laycock, Ellie Mitchell – Mortgage Advice Bureau

Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year – Sponsored by AWB Charlesworth
Winner – Waddington Turner Wall Solicitors
Special Recognition – Corporate & Commercial Credit Solutions

Food and Drink Business of the Year – Sponsored by Cosurica
Winner – Pickles Pubs
Special Recognition – Curry House

Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by Snugpak
Winner – Crimson Bear
Special Recognition – The Stitch Society

Media Business of the Year – Sponsored by Blacks Solicitors
Winner – Distant Future
Special Recognition – Clockwork Eye

Overall Business of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley Business Club
Winner – IconX

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.’

K&ABA 2017: Civic Reception

On Monday 18th September 2017 the steering committee, sponsors, winners and highly commended businesses were invited to join the Lord Mayor of Bradford to a Civic Reception at City Hall.

Proceedings began with the Lord Mayor – Councillor Abid Hussain opening the event. Steven Burles co-chair of the awards then followed and interviewed Darren Burrell from Snugpak, this year’s overall Business of the Year and Yvonne Sinclair from Safeguarding Support who won New Business of the Year. Both had nothing but positive things to say about the awards and how it had affected their business.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe followed with her involvement right from the beginning back in 2013 encouraging all businesses to ‘get involved’. The evening ended with Michael Jameson on behalf of Kersten England giving his views on the awards and how he can clearly see the positive effect it has had on the local economy.

The reception was a greatly received by all and we thank the Lord Mayor for hosting it. This event also served as a launch pad for our pre-launch event for the 2018 awards. We can now confirm that this will be held on Monday 6th November at 8 pm at Keighley College. We’re delighted to be joined once again by Look North’s Harry Graton.

K&ABA Awards 2017 Digital Badges

We’ve been asked by a few businesses who won or were highly commended at the awards if a badge exists that they could display on their websites. Well, now there is, the link below will allow you to download a badge for your category and the award you won.

Download Badges

All we ask is if you could please link the image back to the K&ABA website so more people can find out about the awards.

K&ABA 2017: The Winners

2017 Keighley & Airedale Business Awards Winners

We’d like to also congratulate the sponsors and Special Recognition winners on their success.

Milner Apprentice Awards
Best Skills Development – Dan Milligan
Best Academic Achievement – Adam Muzyka
Overall Achievement – Harry Conn

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Acorn Stairlifts
Winner – Yvonne Sinclair Consultancy
Special Recognition – The Stitch Society

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Alternative Board
Winner – The Stitch Society
Special Recognition – Yvonne Sinclair Consultancy

Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by Barclays Bank
Winner – Snugpak
Special Recognition – Acorns in Eldwick

Independent Trader of the Year – Sponsored by Airedale Enterprise Services
Winner – Rooms
Special Recognition – Modo Creative

Manufacturer/Engineering Business of the Year – Sponsored by Rotherwood Recruitment
Winner – Snugpak
Special Recognition – Wydean

Apprentice/Trainee Business of the Year – Sponsored by Airedale Springs
Winner – AWB Charlesworth – Charlotte Gooch
Special Recognition – Northcliffe Mortgages – Tom Davison

Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year – Sponsored by AWB Charlesworth
Winner – Mortgage Q
Special Recognition – Northcliffe Mortgages

Food and Drink Business of the Year – Sponsored by Discover Keighley
Winner – Goose Eye Brewery
Special Recognition – Amici

Charity Business of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley & Airedale Business Awards
Winner – One in a Million
Special Recognition – Dementia Friendly Keighley

Customer Service Award of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley College
Winner – AWB Charlesworth
Special Recognition – Headway Recruitment

Overall Business of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley Business Club
Winner – Snugpak

It’s almost showtime

The wait is over, Harry is booked (hopefully) and the stage is set to welcome over 240 local businessmen and women to the 5th Keighley & Airedale Business Awards.

We have quite a night planned so please remember we are starting 30mins earlier this year. 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start. So please ensure you arrive on time.

We also have an extended bar licence and a band on until midnight so please feel free to network and celebrate your success.

This year we have tried to streamline things and as a result, have used Eventbrite to handle ticket sales. To this end would all attendees please bring your Eventbrite ticket with you on the night to gain entrance. If you’re on a table allocated to a single business. Just let us know who that business is as you arrive and we will allocate a place to you on the table.

The venue bar will be cash only, however you are able to order wine at your table via credit card from the waiting staff.

If you can’t be with us on the night there is still time to sponsor our screen advertising during dinner, click here if you would like to do this.

Please remember this is a black tie event so please dress accordingley.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday at Victoria Hall.

2017 K&ABA Shortlist Announced

We’d like to congratulate the following businesses for being shortlisted for the 2017 Keighley & Airedale Business Awards. We look forward to seeing you.

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Acorn Stairlifts
The Stitch Society
Yvonne Sinclair Consultancy

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Alternative Board
The Stitch Society
Yvonne Sinclair Consultancy

Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by Barclays Bank
Acorns in Eldwick
Snugpak

Independent Trader of the Year – Sponsored by Airedale Enterprise Services
Rooms
Modo Creative

Manufacturer/Engineering Business of the Year – Sponsored by Rotherwood Recruitment
Wydean
Snugpak

Apprentice/Trainee Business of the Year – Sponsored by Airedale Springs
Northcliffe Mortgages – Tom Davison
AWB Charlesworth – Charlotte Gooch

Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year – Sponsored by AWB Charlesworth
Northcliffe Mortgages
Mortgage Q

Food and Drink Business of the Year – Sponsored by Discover Keighley
Amici
Goose Eye Brewery

Charity Business of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley & Airedale Business Awards
One in a Million
Dementia Friendly Keighley

Customer Service Award of the Year – Sponsored by Keighley College
Headway Recruitment
AWB Charlesworth

Harry Gration Reports on the Launch of K&ABA 2017

Filmed at the launch of Keighley & Airedale Business Awards 2017. Look North’s Harry Gration reports on why the awards are important to the town and to local businesses.

Pre-Launch hailed as a success

The recent pre-launch for the Keighley & Airedale Business Awards 2017 were hailed as a success by attendees. Once again we were joined by Look North’s Harry Gration who spent time speaking about the importance of the awards and the impact it has had on the businesses who have entered, won and sponsored.

Proceedings began with Steven Burles Co-Chair of the Awards and Managing Director of Puddle Digital in Keighley, talking about next years event and how he see’s it being bigger and better than this year’s event. We then heard from Jodie McAlister from Acorn Stairlifts this year’s ‘Overall Business of the Year’. Keighley’s Town Mayor then joined us to say a few words about his experience in attending the awards.

Harry Gration then told of his experience of the awards and welcomed Chloe Gunning from Rotherwood Recruitment to say a few words about her winning the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award.

A Q&A session was then setup with Steven Burles, Paul North from Bradford Council and Wendy Spencer from Airedale Enterprise Services who, questioned by Harry Gration spoke in detail about the categories for 2017, sponsorship opportunities and took on ideas from the audience. We also heard from Neil Senior and Richard Wilson from Keighley’s Cake’ole on their win this year as ‘Small Business of the Year’ and how they have gone on to supply desserts to TV’s Gogglebox.

Steve Seymour from Keighleybid then announced that they would once again be delighted to be Headline sponsor of the awards in 2017.

The evening closed with lot’s of selfies with Harry, desserts from Cake’Ol and award winning beer from Timothy Taylor’s.

The Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who came to the event and to everyone involved in putting the event together. In particular, we’d like to thank Airedale Enterprise Services for hosting the event, Timothy Taylor’s for generously supplying it with fantastic beer and Harry Gration for giving us his time on the evening.