Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford  Means Business Awards  2016.
All the Winners of the varous awards on stage at the end of the evening.

THE district’s top business men, women and firms were honoured at this year’s Telegraph & Argus Bradford Means Business Awards on Saturday.

Hundreds who attended the glittering ceremony at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite in Thornbury saw Wyke-based Ucan Recycling CiC crowned the big winner on the night, as they claimed the Job Creator of the Year and Winner of Winners accolade.

The company, which provides a free recycling service to businesses and organisations, including schools, universities and councils, has built up £1.2 million turnover since starting as a one-man-band six years ago and now employs 11 permanent staff who were all previously unemployed, including one who had been out of work for 19 years.

Airedale Springs were also double winners on the night, claiming the Manufacturer of the Year and Small/Medium Enterprise of the Year titles.

The firm, which makes a wide range of bespoke mechanical springs, wire forms and light pressings, has bounced back in style after a fire at its premises in August 2010.

Car retailer JCT600 was crowned Employer of the Year, while Joanna Robinson won the Woman in Business award.

She is the managing director of Bradford-based bespoke cooling systems manufacturer Mansfield Pollard.

Iron Octopus, the Baildon-based steel fabrication business started by father and son team Ben and Daniel Green, was crowned New Business of the Year.

Rod Knox, chief executive of e-learning company Virtual College, was the recipient of the Business Personality of the Year prize.

And Charlotte Blowers proved a cut above the rest by being crowned Apprentice of the Year.

The 19-year-old is an apprentice hairdresser at Exceed Salon in Clayton Heights, Bradford.

New Vision won the Business or Technical Innovation of the Year award.

No representative from the graphics company, which has worked alongside Bradford Royal Infirmary on dementia friendly signs on two of its wards, were able to pick up the award.

Chris Holland, T&A business editor, accepted the prize on the Little Germany-based company’s behalf.

Speaking earlier in the ceremony, T&A editor Perry Austin-Clarke praised the work of businesses across the district.

He said: “The district is packed with dynamism, skill and creativity and we hope that tonight will be a real celebration of success and achievement and proof positive – if you ever needed it – that Bradford really does mean business.

“This is the sixth year we have run the awards with our partners Bradford Council and the West and North Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce and they continue to go from strength to strength.”

Mr Austin-Clarke added: “We attracted even more entries this year, ensuring competition for these coveted awards remains keen as local businesses and entrepreneurs vie to have their achievements recognised.

“The Bradford Means Business Awards are a way of rewarding the dedication, determination, achievement and success of both new and established local enterprises.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council leader, added: “I salute all of the businesses in Bradford who have doubled their efforts.

“To run a business is a massive commitment but Bradford is the place to do it.”

She told all of the awards nominees: “The fact that you are here means that you have something special that distinguishes you.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Dale Stafford, author and founder of The Principal Department, gave a an inspirational and motivational talk to the assembled audience.

The event was compered by television and radio personality John Hammond.