CONFECTIONERY giant Nestlé triumphed at The Press Business Awards tonight, winning both Large Business Of The Year and being named The Press’s Overall Business Of The Year.

The prized awards were handed over at a glittering black tie event in front of an audience of about 300 people at The Press’s largest ever awards ceremony, held in the Voltigeur Suite at York Racecourse.

Judges said they were impressed by the scale of Nestlé’s commitment to the city, its investment in putting York at the forefront of development in the industry with its new Customer Insight and Learning Centre and expanded Product Technology Centre.

They said: “As a world leader in confectionery and food, Nestlé carries the name of York around the globe. Its leading brands - Kit Kat, Aero and Polo - are household names the world over.”

The manufacturer, which employs 1,800 in York, was also shortlisted for Think Green Business Of The Year. But this award went to Rosewood Farms, a producer based on ethical and green farming traditions, who showed a sustained commitment to the environment and considered all aspects of the business and supply chain.

ITV presenter, Kate Walby, Master of Ceremonies for the event, proudly announced extra good news for the winner of the Tourism and Hospitality Business Of The Year. Chosen by the judges for its commitment to the tiniest details in its bid to become York’s first five-star hotel, The Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa celebrated doubly hard as Kate announced the hotel had finally achieved the status.

Angela Langton, founder of Bellezza Academy was invited by The Press to return to the stage to talk about her emotional success winning Women in Enterprise and Overall Press Business Of The Year 2010 at last year’s event. Inspiring Angela, who continues to help young girls in Bridlington into employment, was also awarded the new Best Business and Community Link award.

Quartz Travel bagged the Small Business Of The Year award, the most entered accolade of The Press Business Awards, fending off competition from 50 other entrants this year. The Business Personality of the Year award went to Shaun Watts, owner of Chameleon Business Interiors for his work as former president of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ashley Mason, 20, who was also shortlisted for the same award last year, went home with the Young Business Entrepreneur Of The Year title for his success with growing independent ambulance service YorMed.



Don’t miss The Press Business Awards souvenir supplement on Tuesday for more pictures and information on the winners and prestigious ceremony.


The full list of winners and finalists:


Small Business Of The Year

Winner: Quartz Travel

Finalists: Xing, Dragonfly Consulting


Business Personality of the Year

Winner: Shaun Watts

Finalists: Annie Stirk, Di Burton


Family Business Of The Year

Winner: Ye Olde Pie and Sausage Shoppe

Finalists: Mario’s Restaurant


Think Green Business Of The Year

Winner: Rosewood Farms

Finalists: Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries, Nestlé


Best Business and Higher Education Link

Winner: New School House Gallery

Finalists: PureNet, Ride Yorkshire


Young Business Entrepreneur Of The Year

Winner: Ashley Mason, YorMed

Finalists: Henry Richardson, Your Marquee, Ella Gascoigne, Startup PR


Science and Technology Business Of The Year

Winner: PureNet

Finalists: Brilliant Living and Lighting, Designition


Best Business and Community Link

Winner: Bellezza Academy

Finalists: Aviva, Inspire 2 Independence (Training) Ltd


Special Achievement In Business Award

Winner: Ron Godfrey, former business editor of The Press


Retailer of the Year

Winner: MOR Music

Finalists: Riverford Organic, CycleStreet (York)


Tourism & Hospitality Business Of the Year

Winner: Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa

Finalists: Yorkshire Air Museum, York Racecourse Hospitality


Best Employer and Education Link

Winner: Willmott Dixon Partnerships

Finalists: BAM Construction, Portakabin Ltd


Women in Enterprise

Winner: Jane Middlebrook, Kaleidoscope Day Nurseries

Finalists: Lesley Buxton, Yorvale, Di Burton, Cicada Communications


New Business Of The Year

Winner: CycleStreet (York)

Finalists: The Yorkshire Pantry, Ride Yorkshire


Large Business Of The Year

Winner: Nestlé

Finalists: VetUK, Ellis


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor, University of York


Overall Press Business Of The Year 2011

Winner: Nestlé


York Press: The Press - Comment

Proof of excellence

If any proof was needed of York’s determination to brand itself as a city of business excellence, it could be found in abundance last night at The Press Business Awards.

It was the event’s 21st anniversary and was celebrated in some style with more than 300 guests applauding a diverse range of companies, proving that success is possible despite the economic downturn. The event was all the more special as it was one of more than 40 events and conferences taking place as part of York Business Week.

York's reputation as a city of innovation and enterprise is growing and we toast all our award winners for their contribution to that reputation.

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