The wait to find out who will be named the top businesses and business people in the Bradford district is almost over.
One of West Yorkshire’s biggest business events – the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Means Business Awards evening – is just a few days away, with the shortlist for the ten categories due to be announced next week.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, in Thornbury, on Thursday, July 6.
This year’s event will be hosted by Perry Austin-Clarke, Director of Yorkshire Media Partners, who launched the annual awards competition seven years ago, when he was Editor of the Telegraph & Argus.
The awards are staged and run in partnership with Bradford Council and the Bradford Chamber and they have become the highlight of the business calendar in the district.
Each award is sponsored by a local business or business organisation that wants to show its support for others as well as give something back to the wider business community as a celebration of its own success.
Perry said: “Every business needs to shout about its successes to its local community, if only to give its employees a boost in morale and wider recognition for all their hard work.
“And that’s exactly what the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Means Business Awards was set up to do.
“The awards are a showcase for businesses large and small, entrepreneurs both new and established, in every sector. It’s an opportunity for them to tell their story and shout about their achievements.
“I think it’s fair to say that businesses and business organisations across the Bradford district are working harder than ever.
“So what better moment, then, to take a little pause and give themselves a little pat on the back for having done so well in getting this far?”
The ten awards recognisea mix of individuals and businesses, from Apprentice of the Year through to Manufacturer of the Year. The top award, the Winner of Winners trophy, goes to the person or company who the judges believe has made the biggest contribution to business in the district in the last 12 months.
Last year’s Winner of Winners was Wyke-based UCAN Recycling CiC, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 to create jobs for long-term unemployed people. Nicky Seal of Ucan is pictured (above left) receiving the award from Catherine Riley of sponsors The Kirkgate Centre.
» Details of the shortlist will be published here as soon as they’re available.