An audience of over 200 gathered at the Village Hotel, Tingley on Friday for a glittering annual awards evening celebrating the best of business in Morley.
The 2013 Morley Business Awards, run by Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce in association with Land Securities and the White Rose Shopping Centre, was hosted by Town Events Manager Rachael Kennedy and saw the presentation of eight coverted prizes in categories ranging from retailer of the year to local charity group.
The awards, supported by Hytal Kitchens and Bedrooms Ltd, Manning Stainton, Munroe K, Norguard Ltd, O2, Robrook Press Ltd and Unity Trust Bank PLC, attracted a high quality entry.
The evening brought double delight for nail bar Fibulocious, which carried off both the Young Enterprise Award, sponsored by Manning Stainton, and the Fitness, Health and Beauty Service Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Norguard Ltd.
The Retailer of the Year, sponsored by O2, was won by Beadelicious, whose sparkling and attractive gift range caught the eye of judges.
Shake, Latte and Roll, earned the Food and Drink Outlet of the Year Award, sponsored by Robrook Press Ltd and the Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the White Rose Shopping Centre and Land Securities, proved the icing on a special evening for bespoke cake producer Board to Tiers.
The Service Provider of the Year Award for office-based business, sponsored by Hytal Kitchens and Bathrooms Ltd, was won by financial advisers Wealth tree Consultancy, while Churwell Environmental Volunteers were the winners of the Charity or Community Organisation of the Year Award, sponsored by Unity Trust Bank.
The evening started and finished with a surprise as Morley-based break dance group Firefly Associates, which gave a superb performance to start proceedings, was presented with the newly-introduced Inspire and innovate prize, sponsored by Munroe K.
Morley Chamber of Trade president Lee Jagger said: “This is the flagship event for the chamber and it continues to go from strength to strength, highlighting the fact that businesses in the Morley area are bucking the national trend.
“In a tough economic climate, we have high street occupancy at the highest level for several years and businesses that are successfully exporting products nationally and worldwide.
“In addition, we have community groups and charitable organisations that provide support to children and residents, along with promoting the town and placing it in the eyes of the national press.
“Morley has a proud industrial and commercial past and in its 144 year history, the chamber has been at the heart of the business community. We are growing at a dramatic pace and are a forward thinking chamber that strives to offer the chance for business owners to meet, interact and undertake transactions with each other, to the benefit of the town’s economy.”
Gerald Jennings, portfolio director for Land Securities, which owns and manages the White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “We are proud to be part of the community in Morley and delighted to once again work alongside the chamber to recognise the many successful businesses and individuals, whose hard work is ensuring that the town of Morley and the wider area has a bright future.”