Otley businesses honoured

Otley businesses honoured

Published at 6:24pm 21st March 2016. (Updated at 10:55am 22nd March 2016)

The first Otley Business Conference and the second Otley Business Awards have been described as a "resounding success".

The event, organised by Otley Chamber of Trade, in partnership with Otley BID and Otley Town Council, was a sell-out and attended by over 100 business owners.

Stephen Rowntree, from The Pensions Regulator, told businesses all they needed to know about auto enrolment pensions.

Simon Brereton, Head of Innovation and Sector Development at Leeds City Council, spoke about the town's economic development.

Steph Lee, Chair of Otley BID and a director of Otley Town Partnership, gave an update on the marketing of Otley, along with Jon Towler from Stray FM.

Councillor Ray Georgeson, from Otley Town Council, closed the Business Conference with details of the upcoming Otley Tourist Conference which is due to take place on 30 March.

Steph Lee said: "I was delighted to be asked to present our marketing strategy to the Business Conference attendees.

"My congratulations go to all the worthy winners, as well as my thanks to Tom Hatley and his team for all their hard work in organising such a fabulous event for the town's business community. A truly wonderful and very enjoyable occasion."

The awards ceremony kicked off with a motivational speech from Jamie Peacock talking about his career and how he strived and succeeded to be the rugby league legend that he now is.

Tom Hatley, President of the Otley Chamber of Trade, said: "When organising the 2016 Business Awards, we were aiming to go bigger and better than 2015. I think it's safe to say Friday night surpassed all expectations.

"It was a pleasure to welcome Otley's best businesses to a dazzling Courthouse. This was very much an Otley event, with locally sourced food, beer and awards. Special thanks to our guest speaker, Jamie Peacock MBE, our sponsors, event organisers and of course the fantastic businesses of Otley."

The winners of Otley Business Awards:

  • Best Newcomer Award - A Little Corner of the World Café
  • Best Food and Drink Award - M'Deena
  • Success Through Innovation Award - Just Add Water
  • Best Retail Award - J.B. Wilkinson & Sons Ltd
  • Good Service Award - Colman Tyres
  • Best Small Business Award - Dowgill House B&B
  • Best Café Award - Yum at The Bay Tree Café
  • Community Award - Peter Jackson, from Otley Tavern, for his work providing life-saving defibrillators to the town
  • Best Apprentice/Trainee Award - James Rafferty of Cranberry Café and James Hendry of Hunters Estate Agents
  • Best Large Business Award - Black Horse Pub
  • Best Service Sector Award - Rest Assured Home Care Ltd
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - David Eadon of BFE Brays Chartered Accountants
  • Charity Calendar - Otley Action for Older People, Martin House Children's Hospice and Otley Lions
  • Otley Flood Heroes - B&TS, Black Horse, Greenholme Mills Carpets, Ground Time Landscapes, Higgins Plumbing & Heating, Phillips Building Services, Sowdens Plumbers Merchants, Wise Electrical Services, Gareth Dibble and Mel Metcalfe

Jamie Peacock

Jamie Peacock who was guest speaker at Otley Business Awards