Friday 16 December 2016

The Ryedale Business Award Finalists

Today the finalists were announced for the First ever Ryedale Business Awards.

The Judges were

Councillor Linda Cowling.
Ian Rogers
Richard Shaw

The finalists are as follows

Learning and Development sponsored by Alex Yoxall Photography

The Jones Partnership
Viva Hair

Community Contribution  sponsored by Handy Mag

Helmsley Walled Garden
Libby Butler Jewellers - Carolyn Frank
Terrington Stores

Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Ryedale District Council

Fergus Court Funeral Services
Gemma Richardson
GVT Painting and Decorating

Innovation sponsored by Vale Radio

Consultancy Team
High Farndale
The Stick Man

Rural Diversification sponsored by Anna Lupton

Happy Paws Boarding
Deepdale Farm Weddings
Studford Luxury Lodges

Start Up Business sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses

Horsetown Beers
The Cutting Shed
Willow Green Estate Agents

Long Standing Business sponsored by Pearson and Ward [Ware and Kay]

Claridges of Helmsley
RV Rogers Roses
R Yates &Sons
Terry Elsey Tyres

Ryedale Champion sponsored by Gillies Jones

Cuckavalda Gundogs
Easterby Racing
Tommy Banks

The winners will be announced at the Ryedale Business Awards which are to be held on Tuesday 24th Jan 2017 at the White Swan of Ampleforth by kind permission of Simon Parker, Robert Fawcett and Edward Fawcett who have sponsored the event.

Tickets are available  £15  from Handy Mag Office in Market Place Malton or Anna Lupton on 01347 868526. Cheques made payable to Ryedale Business Awards.

Breakfast will be served at 9.30am  and the winners announced by Vale Radio and transmitted live throughout the morning.

The event will end at 11.30am.

The White Swan will remain open should anyone wish to stay on for further celebratory drink and lunch will be available to be purchased.

Sunday 4 December 2016

WRA 2106 - the largest tourism awards in the country

Last week Harrogate saw over 1000 people attend the WRA2016 awards .I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of Robert and Edward Fawcett who had 2 of their businesses in as finalists to win an award-Studford LuxuryLodges and the Fairfax Arms in Gilling .
Love a black tie event and I took a selfie which some people said I looked scary I thought more started rabbit in headlights syndrome but that is what happens when you take a selfie.
Last year Jack went with me as we were finalists and up for the best bed and breakfast . This year the pressure was off and I must say a lot nicer venue than last was held at the new Yorkshire Event Centre on the Yorkshire Show ground. The amazing Heather Parry runs the show and is so organised and laid back about it all . Heather was on the board of Deliciously Yorkshire when I was too a few year ago and I always admired her organisational skills.
We had a prime table,  to the Yorkshire Cricket Team to our left and Annie Stirk and her husband Ken who runs Absolutely Food  -they bought a fox red Labrador from Jack 4 years ago .oN their table to was The Yorkshire food finder and Flat cap chef -Sue Nelson and husband Aidan. just behind us to the left was Frances Atkins of the Yorke Arms ,Ramsgill sharing a table with James McKenzie from the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton and a pair of French men who were VIP from the cyling world.
The food was wonderful .... I will go anywhere for a good meal ... and it certainly was.