Award winners 2015

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The West & North Yorkshire Chamber’s hosted its third annual Raising the Bar Awards at the Northern Ballet in Leeds last week.

Acorn Stairlifts took away the award for the overall winner who in the eyes of the judges had ‘Raised the Bar’ the most across four categories of community, education, economy and the environment.

As a regional manufacturer and exporter employing over 1,000 employees worldwide, Acorn Stairlifts impressed the judges with its commitment to local employment and its community activities, especially for the nearby Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice.

The judges said: “The standard of applications this year was very high indeed and we congratulate Acorn Stairlifts and all the other winners for raising the bar so high.”

The award was collected by company secretary Dave Belmont who commented: “When we looked back at the past 12 months we were pleasantly surprised at what we have achieved and are delighted to be recognised. We were very proud to pick up the accolade for overall winner; this is an award the whole team will treasure.”

This year saw a record number of entries and the Chamber was taken aback by the length and breadth of activities that businesses perform to make the region a better place to live and work.

The ‘Raising the Bar’ awards were hosted by BBC Radio Leeds drive time presenter, Andrew Edwards with a key note presentation from Paula Dillon, partner at Leeds-based law firm, Bond Dickinson and Leeds Chamber Vice President, who provided a very personal account of how supporting worthy causes has benefited both her and her business.

Fast Facts from the 2015 user reports

  • Over 30 apprentices employed in the region
  • 70% staff which are hired locally
  • £ 370K spent with companies in the region carrying out work on a company equipment update
  • Use of an EcoPoint Fuel Card Programme, resulting in 17,845 trees planted by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
  • A sector leader of becoming a paperless workplace
  • 1905 business hours given to educational projects
  • £11,500 donated to educational establishments
  • A new CSR committee set up in an organisation to structure contributions
  • £185,500 raised and donated to community projects throughout the region
  • … and many more

Award Winners


Environment category winner:

Christeyns UK

Presented by Daniel Farmer, CommsProvider

 Christeyns winner image

Education category winner:

Schofield Sweeney

Presented by Goff Palmer, Purple Vouchers

 Schofield Sweeney winner image

Economy category winner:

Business Enterprise Fund

Presented by Matthew Thomas, Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency

 BEF winner image

Community category winner:

Garbutt & Elliott LLP

Presented by Geralds Jennings, G R Jennings Properties Ltd

 Garbutt winner image

Winner of winners:

Acorn Stairlifts

Presented by Steven Wright, Thorite

 Acorn winner image

We would also like to note a special commendation to runners up; Linear Control Systems Ltd and virtualDCS who came a close second in the Environment and Education categories respectively.

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