These might be difficult times but there was plenty to celebrate at the second Brighouse Echo Business Awards night.
Here were teams and individuals determined to buck the trend - and succeeding.
From one man, one woman start-ups to established international companies; from apprentices to experienced entrepreneurs, all were represented at a sparkling occasion at Brighouse Sports Club.
Companies such as ROKT Climbing Gym, not yet a year old but clear winners of the Business of the Year title. They’re attracting new members by the day and have ambitious plans for the future.
Individuals such as Lesley Adams who has overcome initial resistance to some of her ideas to put Brighouse on the map, winning the ‘Best for Brighouse’ title on the way.
This was the calibre of entrants competing in 10 categories, among them Retailer of the Year won convincingly by Steven Neimantas, of Neimantas Jewellers.
Steven, the victim of two armed robberies in a week, was the clear vote of Echo readers who not only praised him for his courage - he was open for business only hours after both incidents - but also for his first class service to customers.
Among the guests were Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and his wife Elaine, and the president of Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Paul Beaumont and his wife, Julie.
The national champion band opened the evening with a selection of brass classics and did their campaign seeking sponsorship a power of good.
It was a night for blowing the cornet for Brighouse.