Business Awards 2023


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Business were nominated in ten categories. If businesses were entered into more than one category, judges made their decision on merit and multiple entries for a business did not count for additional marks.

Family Business of the year

Awarded to the family business, large or small that can demonstrate how the business’s expertise/individuals skills have contributed to make the them a success and strengthen the business for the future.

Microbusiness of the year

This award is for micro businesses who are performing beyond what you expect for a very small business. You need to demonstrate what makes you stand out amongst other microbusinesses (A microbusiness is defined as one with 1-9 people).

Service Excellence Award

Awarded to a business or individual who puts customers at the centre of its service. It could include how the business or individual look after customers and go that extra mile in their services.

Start Up Business of the year

This will be awarded to a business or individual that has started a business, has secured a solid foundation and has filled a gap in the market. It is open to any start-up business operating for under two years.

Sustainability Award

Awarded to the individual or business that can demonstrate how it has either been established on sustainable principles or has moved towards a more sustainable method of manufacturing, operating the business or delivery of services.   

Apprentice of the year

This will be awarded to the apprentice who has developed most in the role, since joining the business and has contributed most to the business (Apprentice funded by Hambleton District Council).

Vibrant Market Towns Ambassador

Awarded to the individual who has had the greatest impact to the vibrancy of Hambleton’s market town or towns. The winner will have gone above and beyond their day to day remit; this could include building business and/or community cohesion, encouraging visitors, providing local leadership and advocating the town(s) as great places to shop and spend quality leisure time.

Young Entrepreneur

This will be awarded to an entrepreneur aged 30 or under, who have set up a business where they can provide an example to other young people in Hambleton and beyond, giving them inspiration and ambition.


Awarded to an individual or business demonstrating the most innovation with regards to marketing, design, manufacturing, performance of services or adapting to the changing market place. It could include improved manufacturing processes or the design of a product or service.


This will be awarded to an individual or business that has had the greatest impact in taking forward the company into a digital age. It can be any sector and any sized business, but should demonstrate how the business has grown and developed using digital platforms or technology.

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