THE cream of the east coast’s business community gathered at Bridlington Spa last week for the annual Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards.
Now in its sixth year, the prestigious black-tie event has become one of the premier events on the Bridlington business calendar.
This year it welcomed businesses from a much wider catchment area including Scarborough Borough, the City of Hull and the East Riding.
Hundreds attended the event, hosted by the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, which was compered by BBC presenter Crispin Rolfe.
GWE Biogas, of Kirkburn, near Driffield, walked away with the Best Green Business and the overall Business of the Year award.
Speaking after the firm’s first award, joint managing director Mathew Girking said: “It is nice to have some recognition and to be rewarded for the hard work that goes into the business. We are delighted.”
The company, which runs an anaerobic digestion plant designed to treat food waste and turn it into bio-methane to be used in fertiliser, also scooped the prestigious Business of the Year award. Joint managing director Tom Megginson said: “There is immense pride at being recognised as Business of the Year. Sometimes it is easy to think that starting a business is a thankless task.
“In the current economy it is tough but if you work hard then you can make the most of the situation. Getting recognised is a reward for all the hard work everyone puts in.”
Wolds Cottage Kitchen, of Wetwang, won the Best Start-Up Business Award.
Melanie Moss, proprietor of Wolds Cottage Kitchen, which has been in business for 18 months producing handmade preserves, said: “We have gone from nothing to sky high in the space of 18 months. I am elated to win the award.
“We have won two world marmalade awards, and two golden stars for our products. It helps your profile and credibility with other businesses.”
The evening featured entertainment from the Snake Davis band, and Mike Hyman, of the charity Kids n Cancer, which was the beneficiary on the evening, also addressed the audience.
And Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, gave a speech.
Coun Jane Evison, portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, attended the event and said: “We are seeing different types of businesses here tonight and it is testament to the hard work and talent we have in the area.
“It is impressive to see how many good and diverse businesses with such high standards are nominated for these awards.
“It is good for the local business community, and it is good for Bridlington to hold such an event.”
Other winners on the night were Yarrows Aggregates, of Catwick, who won the Best Small Business award; GF Smith, of Hull, who won the Best medium/large business; Best Social Enterprise winners Seachange, of Scarborough; and Sewell Group, of Hull, who won the Best Training Business.
The only Bridlington representative, AB Graphics, of Carnaby, could not make it to the event, which saw Shipham Valves of Hull scoop the Best International Business Award.
David Dowson, of Lloyd Dowson Accountants, said that he thought more Bridlington businesses would take part next year.
He said: “The evening was well supported in a tough economic climate, and it shows how good business is along this coastline.
“No doubt there will be more Bridlington businesses here next year. There will be a lot of opportunity here with the Area Action Plan.”
Funds raised in a raffle on the night will go to the Kids n Cancer charity, while a silent auction was held on behalf of Cerebral Palsy Sport.