A hat-trick of wins at top business awards
Filey and Hunmanby companies take honours at the coast’s business awards
Filey and Hunmanby picked up three gongs at the Yorkshire Coast’s top business awards ceremony.
Held at Scarborough Spa, the Scarborough Business Awards attracted scores of nominations for businesses large and small.
The awards are organised by The Scarborough News, and its sister titles Bridlington Free Press and Whitby Gazette.
The commitment and dedication of Kathryn Knowles saw her take the prize for Women in Business.
She set up Cura Financial Services, based in Station Avenue, Filey, with her husband to help people who are struggling to get insurance.
She has worked in the insur- ance industry since 2010, and the couple set up the business in 2013 to specifically help people who are struggling to get insurance. Kathryn has health issues herself and was inspired to help others from her own experiences.
A new award this year, Best Community Contribution by a Business, included in its shortlist some big-name companies such as Tesco’s Bridlington store, and Sirius Minerals.
But the honour went to Bike About Filey, owned by Richard and Julie Hay. It is a cycle hire and repair business, and the couple pulled together the town’s community groups on the run-up to the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire. They have various community schemes to encourage people to get on their bikes.
It was cheers to Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, based at Hunmanby, when it was announced as the winner of the Tourism Award. In the 18 months since opening it has welcomed 27,000 visitors and won a VisitEngland Attraction accolade. It is a field to bottle distillery with full traceability.
Its sister company Wold Top Brewery, based near Driffield, was the joint winner of the Medium Business of the Year category.
Clockwise from above, awards for Kathryn Knowles, Bike About Filey and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery.