Annual awards celebrate Teesdale’s best in business
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
A POLYTUNNEL manufacturing company has emerged as the biggest winner during this year’s Teesdale Business Awards.
Boldron-based Ellipse Fabrications scooped the coveted Best Business award as well as the Growth Business of the Year title.
Organised by Enterprise House, the awards were held in front of a packed audience at The Witham, in Barnard Castle.
More than 200 businesses were nominated across 12 categories.
Event organiser Peter Dixon said: “It was a real delight to celebrate the success of local businesses from the Teesdale area.
“There is clearly an entrepreneurial spirit in the area with businesses old and new winning wonderful plaudits from the sponsors who judged each category.”
Ellipse Fabrications was described as “a hidden gem” and commended for the scale of its achievement by the judges.
Although not a winner, Barnard Castle’s Chocolate Fayre showed it had a highly successful year in 2019 with an impressive shortlisting in four award categories.
The Warm Age Wood Company followed up on its Pride of Teesdale award late last year by winning the Social Responsibility award.
Brightwood’s Forest School CIC, a previous finalist in the Teesdale Business Awards, staved off some strong competition to take the Best Social Enterprise award because of its ethos and inclusivity.
The full list of winners was: Apprentice of the Year, Chloe Mason (GSK); Entrepreneur of the Year, Heidi Varley of Pink’s Flower Farm; Social Responsibility, The Warm Age Wood Company; Best Community Engagement Project, The Castle Players; Best Social Enterprise, Bright Woods Forest School CIC; Best Customer Focus, Serene Spa; Most Innovative Business; Teesdale Cheesemakers; Best Marketing Initiative, The Roam App by Roam Everywhere; Best Business Trading Outside Teesdale, Claire International Limited; Growth Business of the Year, Ellipse Fabrications Ltd; Best New Business, The Milbank Arms; Best Business, Ellipse Fabrications Ltd.