A hat-trick of wins at top busi­ness awards

Fi­ley and Hun­manby com­pa­nies take hon­ours at the coast’s busi­ness awards

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY - By Steve Bam­bridge steve.bam­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk @thescar­boronews

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.

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