Morley Business Awards

It most certainly wasn’t business as usual on Friday night. At the Village Hotel in Tingley the great and the good from the Morley business community gathered to celebrate a year of high achievements. And there were performances from local samba dancers, band, Ream and DJ Ollie kept things lively all evening.

The awards themselves were an emotional affair. From Sole Trader, Andy who runs Yorkshire Delicious in Morley Market, the fashionistas at Room 94 who won the award for Customer Focus, Restaurant Table 27 who won the Start-up Award and Onwards and Upwards who scooped the Business Personality Award. It was a great evening.

But one of the highlights for me was the Social Impact Award I presented to Enabled Works in Morley – a group of disabled workers who formed their own cooperative after their Remploy Factory was closed a few years back. I officially opened their factory a year ago and since then they have gone from strength to strength, winning orders and delivering a real quality service.

And I can’t believe there was a dry eye in the house when Chocolate Spa won the Business of the year award. Owner, Shanda only set up the business 18 months ago and since then it’s clearly gone from strength to strength. No one was more delighted that Team ‘Chocolate’ who gave the biggest cheer of the night when Shanda took to the stage.

The awards themselves were a great testimony to the hard work of Lee Jagger, President of Morley Chamber and Rachael Kennedy the Chamber’s Events Manager. The whole evening showcased the best in the local business community. But it was an event for everyone – and I have no doubt that all attendees – especially the young people there – will have left believing that there’s nothing stopping them setting up a business and making it a success.

And in the end that’s the most important thing for our local economy. Our businesses create the jobs and wealth our area needs to prosper and do well. I’ll certainly continue to do my bit to make sure the local business community has all the support it needs to succeed.

Congratulations to all the winners and those who were nominated. It was a fabulous evening!

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Posted October 6th, 2014 by Ed