The judges have met, the decisions have been taken, and the Halifax Courier Business Awards shortlist has been revealed.
This year the awards were judged by the individual category sponsors and our lead judge was Yorkshire businessman and High Sheriff of West Yorkhire, C Richard Jackson, together with Kim Martlew from lead sponsors Pennine Pneumatic Services.
The shortlist is:
Business of the Year, sponsored by Leeds Beckett University - Pennine Pneumatic Services, DSales UK Ltd and Vapour Cloud.
Business in the Community, sponsored by Calderdale Council - Pennine Pneumatic Services, Happy Days Building and Roofing, Witt Group UK and Wilkinson Woodward Bearders.
Business Person of the Year, sponsored by HSBC - Tim Mercer of Vapour Cloud and Trevor Wheatley of Aspire Development.
Employer of the Year, sponsored by Witt Group UK - Vapour Cloud, Town Hall Dental and Pennine Pneumatic Services.
Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Vizulate Digital - Phil Bates of ZikoDrive, Hayley Jennings, Northern Hair Loss Clinic and Razan Alsous, Yorkshire Dhama Cheese.
Green Champion - Suma Wholefoods, Eclipse Energy and YES Energy Solutions.
Independent Retailer - The Corner Bookshop, Al’s Emporium and Loafers Vinyl and Coffee at the Piece Hall and TOAD Diaries.
Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Eclipse Energy - Pexa, Tim Mercer of Vapour Cloud and TOAD Diaries.
Manufacturing, sponsored by Pennine Pneumatic Services - Pexa, Quickslide Ltd and Halifax Glass.
New Business of the Year, sponsored by Yorkshire Payments - Direct Card Solutions Ltd - Shredco and Nest Financial Services.
Bar of the Year - The Grayston Unity and Gin Lane.
Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year, sponsored by Wilby Ltd - Town Hall Group (Town Hall Dental, Brighouse), Yorkshire Payments, ZikoDrive, Aspire Developments and Vapour Cloud.
Lifetime Achievement Award - to be announced on the night (there is no shortlist for this).
The winners will be revealed at the awards evening, a glittering black tie event to be held at The Venue. Barkisland, on Friday, November 16.
The evening starts with a drinks reception, followed by a fabulous three course dinner. The awards themselves will be hosted by BBC TV presenter Harry Gration and there’ll be entertainment from the talented Adie Doyle, singing a variety of rat pack songs.
Tickets are £62 each plus VAT. Visit www.halifaxbusinessawards.co.uk to purchase them.
For any other information, contact Karen Goodridge-Cross on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01132 388201.