2018 – 19 October 2018

Award Winners

At the Awards Evening on Friday 19 October 2018, the Overall Business of the Year was awarded to William's Den.

Business of the Year 2018William's Den
Business of 2018 with a green ethosCB Solutions U.K. Ltd
Business of 2018 with high staff trainingSt Stephen's Shopping Centre Security Team
Business Person of 2018Samuel Barrington
Culture / Arts Business of 2018Beats Bus Ltd
Highly Commended: Bridlington Contemporary
Medium/Large Business of 2018McAusland & Turner Ltd
Small Business of 2018Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery
Highly Commended: Angela Bare
Social Enterprise of 2018Dove House Hospice - Little Owls Day Nursery
Highly Commended: Special Stars Foundation
Start-Up Business of 2018William's Den
Tourism & Hospitality Business of 2018The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School & Highfield Farm B&B
Young Business Person 2018Sophie Bunton
Lifetime Achievement AwardJohn Good
Business Innovation AwardHolderness Tyres


Recently seen on The Last Leg, Correspondents, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and What Not To Say To People with Cerebral Palsy, Bridlington born comedian Rosie Jones is a critically acclaimed stand up and a globe-trotting TV dynamo who was selected by Metro as one of the Hilarious Women To Watch Out for In 2017 alongside Sharon Horgan and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

In 2015 Classical Reflection wowed the nation following their appearance on BBC's The Voice, performing their rendition of Nella Fantasia, receiving over 3 million views online. Since then they have released their beautiful album ‘Echo’ which went straight in at number 3 in the Official Classical Charts, and has been played greatly on Classic FM along with other BBC Radio Stations and internationally.

The girls perform at a variety of events including singing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall for HRH The Duke of Kent, international Rugby Gala Dinners, classical proms, and headlining with classical star Aled Jones.

Classical Reflection perform nationwide, including corporate and private events, as well as touring their own sell-out concerts. They have also supported a number of talented artists such as number 1 selling soprano Rebecca Newman, Britain's Got Talent star Charlotte Jaconelli and Brit- Award winning group Blake at the Last Night of the Blickling Proms.

The Royal Piano Show specialises in Piano entertainment from easy listening pianist/singers to a high energy Duelling Piano Show.

Paul Scarto & Lara Olivia are professional Singing Pianists based in London with 15 years joint experience of Piano Show entertainment across Europe and beyond. Paul originates from Bridlington and is proud of his home town.

They have performed as a duo and soloists at every event imaginable, from easy listening at corporate and private events to large music festivals playing pop, rock, funk, soul and more.

John Hesp

The journey of 64-year-old John Hesp became the biggest story of the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2017. The alluring details of his story ran the gamut: the crazy clothes, the amateur background, a family man ready to see his wife, the uncanny poker instincts, the fun vibe, and the table talk. That list could go on and on about this player from Bridlington, U.K.

Many in the poker world identified with John Hesp and his attempts to inject some fun back into the game as his deep run continued in Las Vegas – ultimately finishing fourth for $2.6 million. In a poker world dominated by young pros, even those in the game found his appearance on the scene refreshing. After his run came to an end, John said "Words can't explain the incredible excitement and wonderful, fantastic, amazing, and delightful time I've had," he told ESPN. I've loved it, I've lived a dream."

The book and the movie are now in the pipeline and you will be fascinated to listen to his story.


The beneficiary for the 2018 Business Awards was Bridlington Centre for Young People. Bridlington CYP is a registered charity based at the Bridlington CYP Sports Hall. They offer sporting opportunities to all. Their current activities include Football, Boxing, Table Tennis and more.

Here is a short video about Bridlington CYP: