Victoria, co-owner of Keelham Farm Shop, spent an interesting day last week shortlisting the many nominations to a handful of finalists as part of the judging panel for the Skipton Business Awards.
The Awards, once a regular date in the diary for businesses in the Skipton area, have not been held for 11 years, so to be a part of this year’s celebration is extra special for us, especially as we have only been part of Skipton’s business landscape for a couple of years.
Victoria really enjoyed judging the awards, though it did take longer than expected. The judging was supposed to finish at 3pm but due to the large number of entries and the thoroughness of debates amongst the judges it was nearer 6pm when the final vote was cast. Fortunately, Matt Cornish, who’s got a wealth of experience in sticking to tight deadlines, was there to keep the judging panel on track. “It was interesting to discover more about the amazing range of businesses that there are in Skipton and the people behind them. We saw great examples of entrepreneurism and it was really difficult to choose the finalists in each category'
There are eleven awards to be presented this year and we are very proud to be sponsoring the Best Food and Drink category. The three finalists in this group come from different areas of the food and drink industry but are all excellent examples of promoting food and drink in the Skipton area:
A table at The Cake ‘Ole has become a must have on a trip to Skipton. For a small, relatively young business they have already managed to change the face of café culture in Skipton with their innovative design and incredible range of cakes and drinks. Their success has already led to a second café opening locally and they continue to go from strength to strength.
Grassington House is one of the region’s top restaurants with the awards to prove it. We are pleased to say that their team shares the Keelham philosophy of using the best locally sourced produce to create great food. Grassington House boasts a very inviting eating environment and they are always keen to engage with customers, colleagues and potential competitors to ensure our region provides a top quality dining experience.
Finally, Class One Fresh Produce is a truly Yorkshire grown business having started as a stall on Skipton Market in 1990. Excellent customer service and customer service means that they now supply fresh produce, alongside some dairy and dried goods, to very satisfied clients and top restaurants throughout North Yorkshire, Lancashire and into Cumbria and the Lake District.
The winners in all categories, as well as the Overall Best Skipton Business Award, will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by The Rendezvous Hotel on 23rd March. We are very excited to attend and looking forward to joining in the celebrations with all the finalists.