Echo Business Awards 2015: New Business of the Year

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: New Business of the Year. From the left, sponsor James Howard from Yorkshire Payments, winners Stuart Pitcher and Rachel Bray from Jeremy's at the Boathouse, and host Clare Frisby.
Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: New Business of the Year. From the left, sponsor James Howard from Yorkshire Payments, winners Stuart Pitcher and Rachel Bray from Jeremy's at the Boathouse, and host Clare Frisby.

In the New Business of the Year category, sponsored by Yorkshire Payments, the judges were looking for a company established within the last two years and one which has made a big impact in a short time.

The judges were looking for new businesses which had clearly done their homework, had an eye for innovation, defined plans for future development and growth and a firm understanding of what the customers want.

The award, presented by James Howard of Yorkshire Payments, went to Jeremy’s at the Boathouse.

Jeremy’s is a unique venue in the heart of Brighouse located on the canal basin. The building incorporates the history of the old boathouse and Victoria Works with innovation and passion to create this modern yet historic bar still full of original features.

Stuart Pitcher said: “It has taken a lot of work but what we have managed to achieve is down to having a great team and the atmosphere is great.

“It’s important for Brighouse to suceed as a town because if that doesn’t happen then we don’t survive.

“There are some great relationships in the town and everyone helps each other out.

“It’s great to see everyone come together for the awards night.”

The other nominations in the category included Bricks4kidz and Waverley Consultancy.

Bricks4Kidz co-owners, Debbie Adamthwaite and Mark Pullen, saw a niche in the market for activities aimed at children that offered something more than the normal sessions available.

While still in its infancy, Bricks4Kidz Calderdale is passionate about supporting local children, which allows the company to ensure that its legacy is firmly grounded in the community.

Waverley Consultancy was established in July 2013 to provide communications and strategy support for businesses and individuals.

It was set up by Stephen Naylor, who had worked as a journalist, broadcast and political communicator and strategist.

Built around his background, the company has built up a range of clients across business sectors and across Yorkshire. The business is growing quickly, with turnover projected to treble in one year - a positive sign which will help the firm face new challenges.