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Richmond's Business Excellence Awards

Business Awards Shortlist Announced

The Business Awards celebrate the variety and quality of businesses in Richmond and the surrounding area, along with the people who run and work in them.

Business Awards Shortlist Announced

We are proud to work with the Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers of Richmond (Yorkshire) and Richmondshire District Council to bring a new business awards opportunity for all businesses in Richmond and the surrounding area.

Jamie Edgar, Clerk to the Company, "the Company is delighted to be involved in the inaugural Business Excellence Awards 2020 promoting business, tourism and their employees in Richmondshire. The earliest recorded minutes of the Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers in 1580, indicate a strong trade association, established to promote, train and assist its members. Whilst the exact nature and purpose of the company has evolved over the years, these strong values are as relevant today as they were 440 years ago. This underlines that whilst time moves on, good value and exemplary service will always ensure successful businesses will continue to thrive."

Councillor Angie Dale, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said "Richmond has a wealth of great businesses and great people working for them, so we welcome these awards schemes to highlight their work. We look forward to being part of the celebrations to mark the best the town has to offer."

Shortlisting took place prior to the Covid 19 Lockdown. but final judging and the presentation of the awards was delayed from its original date in March because of the ongoing Pandemic.

Judging has now taken place and it is hoped that the awards evening will be held early September in an outdoor setting, subject to the Covid 19 regulations in place at that time.

Marcia McLuckie, Chair of the Original Richmond and Business and Tourism Association is pleased at the standard and number of entries for the first of these annual awards, “We were concerned that not many businesses would enter as it takes time for word to spread, but we are all really pleased at the number and quality of the entries. Shortlisting has been really difficult and the final judging has not been any easier”.

“This is a real testament to the quality of the businesses in and around Richmond. There are a lot of very hard-working people running businesses in our area who really show their passion for what they do and display great business acumen, planning and customer service”.

James Wilson

Very sadly, Radio Broadcaster James Wilson, who was to compere the awards evening in March, passed away suddenly in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday 26th March. James was known in Richmond as host of quizzes in the Town Hall raising money for Richmond Fair Trade Group and North Country Theatre. Our thoughts are for his family.

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