Business stars are crowned

Business awards held at Cedar Court, Wakefield.'w5627q127
Business awards held at Cedar Court, Wakefield.'w5627q127

STARS of industry and commerce were honoured at the Wakefield District Business Awards.

The cream of the district’s business elite and up and coming firms, along with hundreds of guests, attended a glittering awards ceremony at Wakefield’s Cedar Court Hotel.

Hosted by BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby, the event saw firms praised for their commitment to staff, environmental credentials and resilience during the economic crisis.

Mark Bradley, group editor of Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group, said: “This event shows the diverse and innovative range of business Wakefield has to offer.

“Since the event ended I have had numerous companies, sponsors and staff saying what a wonderful time they had and how professional they thought the event was managed. Credit should go to everyone involved from our editorial, commercial and events departments - this was a real team effort.”

Their was double success for Group Rhodes, the global engineering firm based at Belle Vue, Wakefield, which won the International Business Award and Business Person of the Year award for its managing director Mark Ridgway.

The New Business of the Year was Techmonkeys, the Havercroft-based IT company which has won major contracts since being launched by David Smith and Darren McCabe earlier this year.

Aquados, a Castleford company which specialises in eco-friendly washing products and the firm behind the Simply brand, won the Business and Environment Award.

A commitment to staff training was recognised when Linpac, a Knottingley-based packaging company, won the People Make Performance Award.

Mark Lloyd, of Wakefield e-mail marketing company WRM Media, was named Employee of the Year in the only section of the contest decided by a public vote. Judges had been overwhelmed after hundreds of nominations flooded in for the award.

Wakefield Specialist confectioners The Cupcake Shoppe was named Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year. Judges said the company demonstrated significant growth and sound financial performance.

A revolutionary street lighting product won Harvard Engineering, of Tyler Close, Normanton, the Innovation Award. Community Enterprise of the Year was Theatre Royal Wakefield for its commitment to helping young people into the world of drama.

Haribo, the global sweets manufacturer based at Pontefract, was honoured as Business of the Year. The company employs 500 people and has been producing sweets for 250 years.

There was a special Judges’ Award for Trinity Walk, the shopping centre which has drawn renewed retail interest to Wakefield city centre.

The event was sponsored by Wakefield’s Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors.