Mark of Acclaim

Mark of Acclaim

The best businesses across the district were showcased at the ninth annual Bradford Means Business Awards on July 18th.

Held in a grand marquee in Bradford’s City Park, in partnership with Bradford Council, the finalists gathered together to celebrate the people putting the city on the map.

The night has become a much-anticipated event in the business world which recognises their success stories and dedication to building up the district.

T&A editor Nigel Burton said: “These awards shine a spotlight on businesses big and small to ensure their stories are told and celebrated.”

Bradford Means Business Awards 2019. Telegraph and Argus Editor Nigel Burton Speaking

The ceremony was hosted by ITV presenter Kate Walby with a special appearance from celebrity hypnotist, Krystyna Lennon.

Allan Jefferies won The Broadway’s Winners of Winners award in the first-ever live vote from the audience.

Bradford means Business Awards 2019, Allan Jeffires can’t quite believe his success as they win the Winner of Winners award

“We are really pleased that we stand out in the businesses in the Bradford area and made our mark against serious contenders.”

MD Tony Jefferies

The motorcycle dealer was also voted Family Business of the Year with Louise Jefferies feeling both “absolutely delighted and shocked” at the win.

Judges for the award, sponsored by Armstrong Watson, chose the company after it showed it could pair economic success with its family values.

The Small Medium Enterprise of the Year award, sponsored by BHP, was given to Exa Networks.

MD Mark Cowgill, who has built up the company over 16 years, said: “I’m a Bradford lad. Of all the awards we’ve ever won it’s the one I’m most proud of.”

Lewis Aird, head of technical support, was humbled by the win which left him feeling “surprised and overwhelmed”.

For Nick Garthwaite, Christeyns MD, treating employees like family is what makes his business a success.

Christeyns won the Employer of the Year award by Solenis.

Mr Garthwaite said: “They’re friends, they’re colleagues and I’m so proud of the work they do.

“Remember that many years ago Bradford was seen as being the best in the world. Having that ‘made in Bradford’ strapline still has that same cache.”

Meanwhile the owners of Sherwood Green Nursery were left shaking after winning Job Creator of the Year by Mitton Group.

Owner Sal Ahmed felt “ecstatic” at the news whilst colleague Emilia Olkowska could not hold back tears.

“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt. We’d like to thank the Bradford early years team.”

Mr Ahmed

It was a timely win for the business which has just signed the lease for a new nursery school in Wyke.

The business owner said: “I think a lot of the bad press that Bradford gets is the bad press that’s in every city. Bradford is amazing.

“Our business model is about the community, it’s about diversity and acceptance.”

Younis Chaudry, who won AD:Venture’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year award, also feels the city is “the ideal place” to do business.

Bradford Means Business Awards 2019 The work of Stage Hypnosis Krystina lennon tests the crowd’s ability to be hypnotised.

The team at Edwards Street Bakery, who won the Customer Service Excellence Award, said the city’s diversity makes their business thrive.

Fi Gavaghan and Lisa Fraser collected the award which was sponsored by a number of top businesses including Juice Media, Sparqs, Aagrah and Cobra Beer.

Mrs Gavaghan said: “Bradford’s great. We get people from all over the place. Everybody brings a little bit of something.”

The pair said a key part of their work is employing the “right” people – like bakery trainer Katie Boxton.

Miss Fraser said: “She’s just brilliant. If you were to try to teach it you couldn’t.”

Alice Copeman of Solenis was later crowned Apprentice of the Year by City Training Services.

Lab supervisor Ben Glennon, who collected the award on Alice’s behalf, said: “She’s very polite, very good at her job, she’s got a great work ethic.”

The mentor urged businesses to start up their own apprenticeships.

He said: “The experience needs passing onto a younger generation.”

Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE, who won PWC’s Contibution to the Community award, says there are plenty of “amazing” young people in the district who would benefit from mentoring.

The businesswoman would like to see every business in the district connect with at least one local school or college.

She said: “Young people are struggling to find jobs. It’s trying to bridge that gap.

“Every workshop that I go to I see young people that just want to show off their skills.”

Cardinal’s Tim Considine, who won Manufacturer of the Year by Thorite, says manufacturers should “keep evolving” despite Brexit concerns.

The boss said: “The Brexit questions are hard to answer. We are looking at the future of what we think it’s going to be.”

Rich Sutcliffe, who won Bradford BID’s New Business of the Year award, said it represented people making “real change” together.

The Agency For Good Ltd said: “For Bradford there’s a lot of social good. It’s massively diverse.”