Echo Business Awards 2015: Best for Brighouse Award

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: Best for Brighouse Award. From the left, sponsor Martin Haigh from Latitude7, winners Leigh Topping and Euan Noble from ROKT, and host Clare Frisby.
Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: Best for Brighouse Award. From the left, sponsor Martin Haigh from Latitude7, winners Leigh Topping and Euan Noble from ROKT, and host Clare Frisby.

The Best for Brighouse Award, sponsored by Lattitude7, 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 Martin Haigh, the award was won by ROKT Climbing Gym.

ROKT Climbing Gym opened its doors to the public in April 2011. Located in the belly of former flour mill Sugden’s, the site has undergone continuous design, development and renovation, creating an ever-growing labyrinth of interesting and unique climbing environments.

Euan Noble said: “ROKT is extremely proud to receive the ‘Best for Brighouse’ award.

“Naturally it is fantastic to be recognised for what we have created but equally the business community in Brighouse should be considered a ‘best in class’ case study for what is possible from engineering to manufacturing to hospitality.

“Leigh and I are proud to be considered among our business colleagues and glad to be part of the Brighouse community. We should also not forget that it was Bill Ibberson who took a chance with the unknown force of ROKT and we have continued to be supported by Bill with our development of the Millers Bar and the soon to be developed iconic white silos in the heart of the town.

“Once completed we expect the increase in footfall to be unprecedented, which is good for the whole of the Brighouse business community.”

Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI) and Sleigh and Story were also nominated in this category.

The BBI is behind the national award-winning food and craft markets, 1940’s weekend and Victorian Christmas market which saw thousands of people flock to the town from all over the country. 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.

The duo of Peter Sleigh and Debbie Story were put forward for their networking and connecting business contacts through events such as Ladies4Networking and Business Link, making themselves approachable and friendly.