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Record nominations for Otley Business Awards

Record nominations for Otley Business Awards

Published at 2:43pm 13th February 2017. (Updated at 2:50pm 13th February 2017)

This year's Otley Business Awards have attracted a record number of nominations.

Throughout January, shoppers and clients sent in 595 nominations for nearly 80 businesses across all sectors, including Otley Pharmacy, Lead Tech Ltd, Club Energy, Solo Hairdressers, The Yew Tree Inn, Gloucester Tea Rooms, The Dales Vet Centre, Jenni's Dresser and Otley Martial Arts Centre, along with newcomers to the town, Salami & Co, Bloomfield Square Café, Stew & Oyster and many more.

Tom Hatley, who organises the event on behalf of one of the main sponsors, Otley Chamber of Trade, has been delighted with the response.

He said: "The event is now in its third year and continues to grow year-on-year, which is fantastic, and just shows the passion that Otley has for its independent businesses.

"We have a wide selection of retail and service sector businesses who offer a such a broad spectrum of products and expertise. This event was created to celebrate these businesses and showcase Otley as a place to shop and do business.

"The next step is that our independent group of Mystery Shoppers will be given the list of all the nominated businesses and their task is to visit or contact each and every business and ultimately decide on a winner from each category. The winners will then be announced on the Awards night. This group of people are totally impartial and are in no way linked to any of the businesses or sponsors of the event - so may the best business win!”

The evening will made especially exciting by the attendance of motivational speaker and double Paralympic archery gold medallist Danielle Brown.

Danielle Brown

Paralympian Danielle Brown

In association with Otley Chamber of Trade, the Awards Ceremony will be held at Otley Courthouse on the evening of Friday 24 March.

The event is also supported by Otley BID, Otley Town Council and Stray FM.

Award categories and sponsors:

  • Best Newcomer sponsored by Courtyard Planters
  • Best Food and Drink sponsored by Newstead & Walker
  • Best Retail sponsored by Hollings Crowe Storr LLP
  • Best Small Business sponsored by Hunters
  • Best Large Business sponsored by The Yorkshire Marketing Company
  • Best Café sponsored by Bondgate Bakery
  • Good Service Award sponsored by Winpenny Photography
  • Best Service Sector sponsored by Stew & Oyster
  • Community Award sponsored by Doris Dent Estates
  • Best Apprentice/Trainee sponsored by Aura Jewellery
  • Lifetime Achievement sponsored by BFE Brays

More information at www.otleychamber.co.uk