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Business Awards 2017 – Nine lucky small business winners celebrate

It was a tough job for the Judges this year to pick from the 111 nominations across eight categories at the Hambleton District Council Business Awards, sponsored by FSB Dales Branch, Dales of Thirsk and Proper Tasty.  

And for the first time three local business entrepreneurs were singled out for a special award. The Legacy award was shared between Charles Barker of Northallerton and Mark and Sue Dicken of Stokesley.

Awards went to: 
• Apprenticeship Champion: Rebecca Salmon Owens from Hollins Stables in East Rounton for an apprentice funded through the district council, who has developed the most in the role and demonstrated great commitment to the business 
• Engaging Young Minds: Walter Thompson Contractors of Northallerton for the significant investment of time supporting young people in the construction industry 
• Hambleton Champion: Rachael Roberts from Wensleydale Railway who has brought new business opportunities to the railway and promoted the district
• Innovation: Inspired Pet Nutrition, a pet  food manufacturer from Dalton, for their marketing achievements through “Doggle-box” and demonstrating most innovation in environmental  performance
• Best Customer Service: Blossom Home Care from Northallerton for their work in making families feel they are getting the best service possible 
• Independent Retailer of the year: Yorks of Thirsk tea rooms for their support and dedication to growing the numbers of visitors to Thirsk and the surrounding area    
• Networking Group – First Monday business network in Northallerton 
• Legacy Award: Charles Barker of Barkers Northallerton for his work supporting the economy of the town for the future, and Mark and Sue Dicken, owners of Terry Dicken Business Park in Stokesley, for the significant achievements made supporting other small businesses.

Claire Robinson from Robinsons Equi Teach in Great Ayton was given a highly commended award in the Engaging Young Minds category for the work she does to support young people at Stokesley School. 

See all the winner’s pictures at https://www.hambleton.gov.uk/info/20560/events/141/previous_business_awards