Award Categories


Best Retail, Leisure & Hospitality Business of the Year

Recognising the significant number of leisure, retail & hospitality businesses which service the local communities, as well as drive tourism, this award highlights excellence within this sector. Open to any restaurant, hotel, café, pub, leisure facility, shop, visitor attraction or similar business. We are looking for an organisation in this sector that excels in their field and really leads the way!

Sustainable Business Award

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This award will be presented to a business that puts sustainability and environmental protection at the heart of its business model. Judges will look at businesses who can demonstrate that they have contributed substantially to the community, including through society-led projects, volunteering or fund-raising, and/or demonstrate what they have done to become greener and reduce/offset their carbon footprint. 

The Frank McMahon Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Chris McMahon
Apprenticeships are vital in bridging the skills gap that takes such a heavy toll on British business. Even more employers are now offering young people the chance to earn as they learn, but which of our region’s trainees has gone the extra mile, and had a positive impact on their employer – and looks set to be one of the business leaders of tomorrow?

Business Transformation Award

This award recognises businesses and leaders that have improved organisational processes and taken the business to new heights to meet and exceed their business objectives. This could be through a rebrand, a change in processes, or by growing the team and business. These businesses can demonstrate flexibility, innovativeness, investment  and nimbleness to keep afloat, especially during an ongoing pandemic.

Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme (NEW)

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This category recognises businesses that have made a significant commitment to supporting employee health and wellbeing, taking specific action to safeguard both physical and mental health amongst staff. The judges are looking for evidence of programmes that fit within the culture and mindset of its employees. After all, your employees are  your biggest asset!

The Gary Ledden Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Ledden Estates
This award has been created to highlight the work of revolutionary young entrepreneurs who will stand as an inspiration for existing business people and encourage others to become effective entrepreneurs. These individuals really are the future of business and demonstrate innovation, tenacity and passion.  Entrants must be younger than 30 years old. 

Best Independent Business (NEW)

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This is a brand new category for 2022 which is aimed at independent businesses in the region, whether this is a privately owned business, a sole proprietorship or owned by a very small group of individuals. Judges will be interested in the ethos and background to the independent business, its profitability and the unique selling points which make it a success, the difference it has made in its sector and how it has overcome any challenges.  

Tourism Award (NEW)

This award will be presented to the organisation that can demonstrate the most significant contribution to improving the district’s offering as a tourism destination over the past couple of years. Examples of contribution could be a marketing campaign or strategy which has attracted more visitors to the region, a refurbishment programme, examples of excellent customer service or partnership work. 

Best SME Company

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To recognise outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of up to 25 which is based in or has a significant presence in the Yorkshire Coast area. The winning company will demonstrate a clear vision and plans for the future, innovation and creativity and a track record of success whilst overcoming challenges.  

Entrepreneur of the Year

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A prestigious award which recognises an individual who has excelled in business leadership, has a wealth of experience in launching/managing sustainable businesses, created employment opportunities for the region and  put Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast on the map either through innovation, growth, international trade or community engagement. An exceptional role model to others!

Best Large Company

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This award recognises businesses with more than 50 employees who have delivered consistent growth whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet, and who demonstrate innovative business practices which are delivered through an engaged workforce. The judges are looking for businesses which have successfully grown their organisation, showing strong leadership and clearly defined strategic objectives.

Greatest Achievement of the Year

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This award is to celebrate individuals, teams or businesses who have achieved more than they believed possible over the past year. Examples of nominations could include:
  • individuals who should be recognised for their outstanding community efforts or personal achievements;
  • teams who have developed a life changing product, secured a new piece of business or grown substantially;
  • or a company whose work has made a significant impact in the local area.

Employer of the Year

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This award recognises the businesses that have shown commitment to the development and welfare of its people, by encouraging communication, creativity and proactivity throughout the organisation. The winner will be able to show appreciation, genuine commitment to, and trust in, its people leading to success in business, as well as a fulfilling and stimulating working environment. An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention, with excellent training and who really cares for their employees. The best companies to work for!

Overall Business of the Year

This award is not open for nomination. The ‘best of the best’, the winner of this award will be chosen from the winners of all the other categories, to give us a champion of champions. Judges will be looking for an innovative business model, impeccable business practices and outstanding business performance. The winner of this category will be selected by our panel of professional, experienced independent judges.