2017 – 20 October 2017

Event Sponsor - Altodigital

Award Winners

At the Awards Evening on Friday 20 October 2017, the Overall Business of the Year was awarded to Heald Limited.

CategoryWinnerJudges commentsHighly CommendedFinalists' videos
Lifetime Achievement AwardColin Brown
Business Person of 2017Ian YeoIan has demonstrated strong focus, drive, expertise and success to innovate change in a traditional business sector.Finalists' Video
Young Business Person of 2017Brad LakeBrad Lake has a grasp of running a small business from production through to sales and service. He has proven that he can overcome business challenges.Macauley DunhamFinalists' Video
Startup Business of 2017Chris FitChris Fit identified a gap in a crowded market, have defined plans and are already growing rapidly.BIMsenseFinalists' Video
Small Business of 2017Bridlington EchoImpressive growth within a contracting market supported by revenue from local advertising and with an ethos of providing positive local news.Finalists' Video
Medium/Large Business of 2017Heald LimitedWorld class standard, innovative engineering from a Yorkshire family business that is trading globally and self funded growth.Finalists' Video
Social Enterprise of 2017Special Stars FoundationThis category had high standard finalists and the result was very close. Special Stars edge was their holistic approach involving child, carers, siblings and family. Also noted was their trustees personally experiencing the issues & supplying a solution for the lack of provision for young children.Case Training Services
Hull Children's University
Finalists' Video
Tourism & Hospitality Business of 2017Spirit of YorkshireWith grit and Yorkshire spirit, Spirit of Yorkshire have created a unique experience and significantly enhance the tourism offer of the Yorkshire Coast.Finalists' Video
Training Business of 2017HBP SystemsTo improve the retention and satisfaction of their staff, HBP Systems have created an innovative approach to their training programmes.Finalists' Video
Culture / Arts Business of 2017Valley PressWriting their way to success – Valley press have a distinctive business model supporting and promoting authors new and old, with a growing international readership.Finalists' Video
Green Business of 2017S&J SynergyAll three finalists displayed a high regard for reducing their carbon footprint. S&J Synergy demonstrate innovation, customer education and closing a virtuous circle in an increasingly important business sector, alongside a rapidly growing business.Finalists' Video
Judge's Award for InnovationAgenda Screening ServicesAgenda Screening Services are using technology and process improvement to enable human-human contact in a sector that is increasingly reducing human contact to a minimum.


EmmieBeckittSeventeen year old Emmie Beckitt is Bridlington's very own classical Soprano singer. At the young age of just 13 years old Emmie won first place in "Yorkshire Coast Got Talent". At the age of 14, Emmie successfully gained a place to support the Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins. She also recently sang at a Tim Rice concert "The Hymn" composed by Sir Tim Rice himself and, at the age of 15, had a classical single out in collaboration with the classical pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman. Both Emmie and Rick are patrons of the charity Kids n Cancer and all the profits from the sale was donated to the organisation.

Emmie said...my future is hypothetical, I am only 17 and at the moment I want to make my education my priority. Emmie is currently in her second year studying her A level, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, and hopes to go on to University and gain a degree in Astrophysics.

However, there is nothing Emmie loves more than singing on her holy ground, and especially at the Spa in Bridlington.

When Lea was elected by the viewers of TV series "Stand Up Britain as outright winner, comedy had a new star. Lea had however been working as a stand up for many years but
finally got his big break when he scooped the title, trophy and a 1st prize of £7000 on the live final screened by ITV1 in October 2002. Lea was up against 6 other comedians from the 144 who started in the competition, and winning the final with 75% of the total vote, including first place in London, North West, and Yorkshire regions.

With a sporting background, (following retirement from professional rugby league (playing for Halifax RLFC), he still coaches a local rugby club) Lea is a well known face on the after dinner circuit in and around the North of England, and has worked with numerous sporting celebrities, and following his success on Stand Up Britain is now beginning to carve out a career further a field.

Lea’s comedy is traditional Northern humour, but with a more modern approach; Lea was runner up in the Cup A Soup Comedy challenge in 2000, where the heats were held in various Yates’s Lodges across the country, before finally playing at the Comedy Club in London, proving his adaptability. 2004 sees him appear on the ITV variety show “That’s Entertainment” with a host of other well known entertainers.

The Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2007 and has grown steadily with more and more students learning second instruments in order to join. The band has now grown so much that it has been split into 2 bands, a Junior and Senior Band with a full complement of players in each.

The Senior Jazz Orchestra (SAJO) plays a range of musical styles including swing, soul, funk and Big Band classics by artists such as Glenn Miller, Stevie Wonder, Gordon Goodwin, and Buddy Rich. They have gained first place certificates on every occasion at the Eskdale Music Festival. SAJO have also reached the finals of the National Music Festival Music for Youth and performed at the Birmingham conservatoire.

The Jazz Orchestra has performed at many locations in and around Scarborough including at the grand re-opening of Scarborough’s, Heritage Rotunda Museum in 2008. The Jazz Orchestra have also appeared in Scarborough town centre and in concert with the Scarborough Concert Band on a number of occasions and are in great demand around the area all year round playing at many Charity events throughout the year. They have gained a reputation in North Yorkshire as being one of the finest young Jazz ensembles in the area who play with energy, enthusiasm and finesse along with many outstanding improvisers within the band.

Last year SAJO also won the Scarborough News Award for artistic contribution to the North Yorkshire Coast which is a fantastic achievement for the band. In 2015 the band played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Evian Music festival, two highlights of the bands performances to date!

Andrea Borrelli and Chantal Green are international amateur dance sport champions, Latin dance is their passion and their whole life revolves around dancing. They have been ranked as the no.1 amateur Latin couple in England for the past six years by the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF). For the past six years, they have been selected to represent England at all WDSF World and European Amateur Latin Championships by Dance Sport England. For the past two years Chantal has been a finalist in the East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman’s Sports Awards in the Talented Performer Category.

Andrea is from Sicily and has been dancing since he was 11 years old. Chantal is from Beverley and started dancing at the age of thirteen. Both had successful partnerships prior to dancing together, Chantal had represented England in the youth category in WDSF World and European championships in 2010 and 2011. Andrea and Chantal began their partnership in February 2012 after Chantal began studying at the world famous Team Diablo situated in Molinella, Italy in Autumn 2011. This is where many famous ‘Strictly’ dancers trained and is home to the current world champions Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus who are also their coaches.

Most the year they are based in Molinella attending the Dance Sport Academy during the week and competing on average two weekends a month across Europe. Here they sit theory and practical exams twice a year and train six days a week. The subjects studied are all based on what is important for the people involved in dance sport. The subjects covered are; anatomy, coaching, competition practice, dance sport statute, fitness training, languages (English and Italian), management, sports physics, pedagogy, sports medicine, sports psychology, strategy and planning, teaching methodology, technique theory (Latin and standard), technique practice and training methodology.

To fund their studies and competing, Andrea and Chantal teach children and social dancers in Italy. They also give demonstrations and shows in Italy and England with specific fundraising undertaken for major events such as the World Championships. Their dance clothes and shoes are sponsored by dance companies; Freed of London, Aspesi, Dincwear and Extreme Makeup.


The event beneficiary for the 2017 event was RNLI Bridlington.

A total of approximately £5,500 was raised for this charity at the 2017 Awards Evening.