The Business Person of the Year category, sponsored by Rand and Asquith, produced some outstanding candidates, with three making the final shortlist.
The criteria called for a person who can demonstrate clear leadership qualities and who has a strong financial understanding of running a business.
Just as important is the willingness and ability to step out of the daily routine to mentor colleagues and other business people. There is also the need to actively promote Brighouse in the most positive light.
Steve Rand, of Rand and Asquith, presented the award to Peter Sleigh.
Peter believes passionately that businesses should give back to the local community and be involved in charitable work.
He is a trustee at the Bridge Project and TLC Together For Looked After Children, and a avid supporter of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Setting up Brighouse Link in November 2011, he recognised the need for business networking and the need for ongoing training and business advisory services.
Four years on, Brighouse Link continues to strive, supporting local businesses and bringing new business into Brighouse.
Host Clare Frisby said: “The judges noted that Peter was a a fabulous ambassador for Brighouse and through Brighouse Link and training events has helped raise the profile of the area to the wider business community.
“He was also one of a small select group of business people chosen to meet and discuss business with Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minster, on his visit to Leeds in January 2014 and Mr Clegg commended Brighouse Link and what it offered to the local business community.”
In his acceptance speech, a modest Peter said: “It’s not about me - it’s a team.
“I’m surrounded by fantastic people.”
Also shortlisted were Martin Haigh and Colin Findlay.
Martin has run a number of team-building exercises for regional organisations in Brighouse and, by linking up with the town’s other businesses in Prego’s Restaurant and Rokt Climbing Gym, he is able to demonstrate what can be achieved and is able to promote the town in the process.
Since his appointment as managing director, Colin has spearheaded sustained growth and development at Severn Unival.
He was the principal driver and decision-maker behind the firm’s relocation from Huddersfield back to Brighouse.
As well as looking to promote the business on a global scale, he is a keen advocate of the work and contribution apprenticeships have for the future of the company.