SLIDESHOW: Halifax Courier Business Award winners celebrate

Hundreds of business women and men gathered to celebrate the achievements of companies around Calderdale at the Halifax Business Awards last night (Thursday).

The event, which was held at The Venue, Barkisland, rewarded the success of firms and entrepreneurs around the borough.

Halifax Courier Business Awards 2014 at The Venue, Barkisland. Host Clare Frisby on stage with all the award winners.

Halifax Courier Business Awards 2014 at The Venue, Barkisland. Host Clare Frisby on stage with all the award winners.

John Kenealy, Editor of the Halifax Courier, said: “It was a fantastic evening with a great sense of pride throughout the room.

“There were some great winners and thanks once again to our marvellous sponsors, who help put on this showcase of wonderful business talent in Calderdale.

“It was good to see Barbara come up for her lifetime achievement award. She has given valuable help to so many small businesses and does terrific work with groups and individuals in Halifax.”

Barbara Harbinson, head of the Halifax Opportunities Trust, was acknowledged as a “very worthy winner” as she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the community.

This year’s Business of the Year was awarded to Orchard Energy Ltd and it was sponsored by Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors.

The New Business of the Year, sponsored by Calderdale Council, went to Direct Card Solutions Ltd.

Circuit Electrical Testing Ltd won the Small to Medium Sized Business, sponsored Wilby.

The Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Pennine Pneumatic Services Ltd, was given to Polyframe Trade Ltd.

Collett and Sons Ltd were ecstactic to have won the Innovator of the Year, sponsored by The Venue, Halifax.

Adam Luqmani chairs the Calderdale Future Energy Panel and last night won the Green Champion award, sponsored BCA.

The Green Business of the Year, sponsored by Pennine Housing, was awarded to Suma Wholefoods.

MSL Property Services Ltd were presented with the Employer of the Year award, sponsored by Andpack Contract Packaging Specialists.

The Entrepreneur of the Year, Kate Hardcastle, sparkled on stage as she collected her award, sponsored by Yorkshire Payments.

Johnathan Whitworth of DSales UK Ltd won the Business Person of the Year, sponsored by HSBC Commercial Banking.