Olympic champion Ed Clancy was the guest speaker at the annual dinner of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
The cyclist from Huddersfield gave an insight into his glittering career and his amazing London 2012 experiences.
He won gold and bronze in London and is a world and European champion on the track.
Chamber President David Horsman welcomed diners to the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top.
He praised the business community for continuing to meet challenges in difficult trading conditions and called for more Government support to help companies succeed.
“All present will be hoping that in the year ahead we will experience a return to more prosperous trading conditions,” he said.
“But, if we are to achieve such a recovery it is essential the Government introduce more business-friendly policies which will incentivise investment, promote economic growth, and create employment.”
Mr Horsman said the chamber would continue to lobby politicians to cut red tape, make long term road and rail infrastructure a priority, provide better incentives for exporters and affordable access to finance.
“You may rest assured your chamber will continue our lobbying activities at local, regional, national, and indeed at international levels,” he said.
The keynote business speaker was Crispin Simon who is the managing director of UK Trade & Investment responsible for SMEs and the after dinner speaker was Alfie Moore.