ONE of the evening’s speakers will be Vicky Wainwright, managing director of Bradford accountants firm, Naylor Wintersgill.

She is a member of West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce which consists of some of the region’s leading business people.

At the start of July, Vicky was made its vice president. She takes over the role from Suzanne Watson, of Approach PR., who is now president.

Vicky had praised the staunch business acumen of the city, particularly as many have faced uncertainly over the past three or so years ago since the nation voted to leave the European Union.

She said: “There’s no doubt that being in business can bring some challenges, but it also brings rewards. “Our business leaders and entrepreneurs should be proud of their achievements, especially this year given the unprecedented times and circumstances in which we are all living and operating.

“The fact that so many business owners and leaders tell us that they continue to thrive in these difficult times is very heartening.

“Even so, whether they have a full order book or could maybe do with a little more trade passing through, Bradford’s businesses deserve a celebration night – and that’s what they will be getting at the Bradford Means Business awards night.

“We proudly celebrate the great businesses of Bradford District at the awards evening, whether or not they are winners of a particular prize.

“The Chamber of Commerce continues to support Bradford’s business community through supporting, connecting and representing, and we are pleased to be involved once again in this year’s programme of awards.

“If you are involved in or running a business in Bradford, then just stop for a few minutes – give ourself a pat on the back and take the plaudits due to you; you deserve it.”

Mike Cartwright, from the Chamber’s Policy & Representation team, took part in this year’s judging panel which drew up the shortlist.

The Chamber works closely with companies and individuals to improve business performance. It is part of a national network and is affiliated to the British Chambers of Commerce.

Based in Little German, it provides a range of business support including lobbying of policy-makers and decision-makers at local, regional and national level.