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Business Awards 2014: Simply the best in town!

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse.
From the left, host Clare Frisby with Best for Brighouse winners Debbie Story and Peter Sleigh and sponsors Julie and Richard Jessop from Arrow Coach Travel.

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse. From the left, host Clare Frisby with Best for Brighouse winners Debbie Story and Peter Sleigh and sponsors Julie and Richard Jessop from Arrow Coach Travel.

The Best for Brighouse Award, sponsored by Arrow Coach Travel, acknowledges the contribution made by an individual or a team to promote Brighouse.

The judges were looking for the most significant contribution to attracting business and tourism to Brighouse: a person or group who has helped to put Brighouse firmly on the map - and keep it there.

Presented by Julie and Richard Jessop, from Arrow Coach Travel, the award was won by Peter Sleigh and Debbie Story.

The duo were put forward for their networking and connecting business contacts through events such as Ladies4Networking and Business Link.

Host Clare Frisby said: “While still running their own business they also find time to help at all the local events. The events organised by the duo are something to be applauded as they encourage businesses to work in partnership to achieve a common goal.

“They give businesses the chance to share their experiences and help others to achieve.”

Debbie said: “This means a great deal. When we started the networking groups, we could not have imagined how successful they would be.

“It has been absolutely fantastic and it’s an honour to win this award.”

Also shortlisted were Brighouse Business Initiative, Brighouse Gala Committee, Elder Lea House and Malcolm Silkstone.

Brighouse Business Initiative is the group behind many of the town’s major events.

It is made up of a number of small businesses who all have a common goal in mind - to help make Brighouse a vibrant town and put it on the map.

Every year Brighouse Gala is organised by a committee of volunteers who go out of their way to give up their time to organise the event and raise as much as they can for charity.

Elder Lea House, based in Clough Lane, is Brighouse and Calderdale’s only official five star guest accommodation awarded by Visit Britain, the UK’s official tourism organisation.

Opened in 2001, it employs local staff who are proud to showcase Brighouse and show the guests the best attractions the town has to offer.

For the last 30 years, Malcolm Silkstone has dedicated himself and led a team of volunteers to help gain the support of businesses to build Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.

He has put his heart and soul into the village, including renovating the memorial park which is now home to community events and has one of the largest remembrance services in Brighouse.

 

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