Celebrating the best of business in the Ryedale area

The 2021 awards will be held on 30 Mar 2021

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Deadline for entries: 31 Dec 2020

Are You a Proud Business Owner in the Ryedale Area?

Do you run a business in Malton, Norton, Pickering, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside or any of the surrounding villages? Why not enter your own business for an award.

Would You Like to Nominate Your Favourite Ryedale Business?

Have you received excellent service from a local business in Ryedale? Make sure you enter a nomination for them.

Quaint village store in small rural village
Shops at Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole, Yorkshire

Award Categories

Young Entrepreneur or Apprentice (30yrs or under)

We are looking for inspiring young people aged 30 years and under. This will be awarded to a young person who has set up their own successful business through their own dedicated hard work. Or a person who is an apprentice Someone who have demonstrated drive, ambition and vision to take business to the next level.

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Awarded to an individual or business demonstrating the most innovation with regards to marketing, design, manufacturing, performance of services or adapting to the changing market place. It could include improved manufacturing processes, promoting sustainability or design of an innovative product or service.

Sponsored by
The Federation of Small Businesses

Community Contribution

What and how do you help your local community through your business? Do you or your staff volunteer to help with local issues? Do you give your expertise and time to help with local events, business mentoring, work with schools, charities.

Sponsored by
Vacform Group

Food & Drink

Championing the regions best businesses from the food & drink industry. We are looking for businesses and individuals who are passionate and innovated about the food and drink industry. . Creativity and individuality will meet with top scores.

Sponsored by
Hunter Gee Holroyd

Best Customer Service

Awarded to a business or individual who puts customers at the centre of its service. It could include how the business or individual look after customers and go that extra mile in their services.

Sponsored by
North Star Engineers

Best Rural Business

The winner of this category is likely to have its roots in food, farming or agriculture. Judges will be looking for a business that contributes to the rural economy and community, has successfully steered its way through the recession and can demonstrate effective marketing and a strong future.

Sponsored by
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

Family-Run Business of the Year Award

Family businesses are a vital component of the local economy, and this award recognises the best of them. Candidates need to be businesses that are run by at least two members of the same family, and extra credit will be given for a good original concept.

Sponsored by
Studford Luxury Lodges

Green Business Award

cover a range of possibilities including businesses that: Businesses that have made significant investments in cleaner technology and/or renewable energy to reduce their own carbon footprint, · are developing or adopting new technologies to assist with reducing carbon emissions · are being particularly effective at raising awareness of climate change and encouraging actions to tackle it

Sponsored by
Ryedale District Council

Employer of the Year

This category is for businesses that invest in their employees and see the benefits that arise from attracting, developing and retaining their staff. How has the business has improved with the introduction of these employer led initiatives.

Ryedale Champion

Someone who has passionately worked throughout their working life in their own business or for a business. A person who has dedicated a lot of time to putting Ryedale on the map.

Sponsored by
Claridges Of Helmsley

Enter a Business Now

  1. The name of the business you are nominating
  2. Select the award category for the business
  3. Phone number for the business
  4. Email contact for the business
  5. Website address for the business
  6. Detail why this business should be a winner in approx. 60-300 words - view judging criteria

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Judging Criteria

One Point
Gives little or no factual information about the business to support the entry. Doesn’t explain much about the business in relation to the category criteria.
Two Points
Small amounts of evidence or metrics that could be easily verified. Provides only a small amount of information about the business in relation to the category criteria.
Three Points
Gives decent information in relation to the category criteria. Provides a limited amount of evidence/metrics.
Four Points
A clear pitch in relation to the category criteria supported by good evidence/metrics.
Five Points
A show-stopping story clearly linked to the category criteria, supported by independent/verifiable qualitative and quantitative evidence.

2020 Winners & Finalists


Community Contribution

Best Customer Service

Family-Run Business of the Year Award

Employer of the Year

Ryedale Champion

Ryedale's Shining Star

  • 🏆 WINNER
    Mary O'Neil

Ryedale Awards Ceremony

A breakfast and networking event will be held at 9am on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley.  Tickets are complimentary to finalists. Extra tickets  can be purchased  priced £25. It’s a great chance to support and network with a variety of local businesses in the Ryedale area, plus enjoy a delicious breakfast!

Please get them asap as you wouldn’t want to be the one who says afterwards “I wish I had come …”

Telephone 01347 868526 for tickets.

The charity we will be supporting is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


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