It was poignant moment for Allan Jefferies' father and daughter duo when it was awarded Family Business of the Year.

Tony Jefferies and Louise Jefferies revealed their pride at winning the award against, what Mr Jefferies described as, "serious competition".

The family-run motorbike dealer business was established by Joseph Jefferies in 1917 and now spans four generations.

Louise Jefferies, the current director, struggled to express her emotions as she held the trophy in her hands.

She described feeling "absolutely thrilled, shocked, just remarkably proud".

The businesswoman said she didn't think the would win against the opposition.

Other finalists in the family business category included Cardinal Ltd, a Bradford-based manufacturer, and Regal Food Products Group Plc, an Asian confectionary company.

Tony Jefferies, who handed the business over to his daughter in 2000, said: "We're really pleased that we stand out in the businesses in the Bradford area and made our mark against serious competition.

"It's something to be proud of.

"It's great that this happened.

"I didn't think we would have a chance. The fact that we've been recognised. The fact people voted for us."

Allan Jefferies' whole ethos revolves around delighting its customers and nurturing its staff to become part of the extended Jefferies family.

Mr Jefferies said: "When I took over I created my own legacy, so I say."

The family business award, sponsored by Armstrong Watson, focused on those across all industry sectors which showed sustained success and kept its family values.

The judges also looked at the aspirations of the business to demonstrate how both current and future family generations will be involved in the growth of the business.

The origins of the family firm started over a century ago. Joseph Jefferies was a picture framer by trade and a pioneer motorist who was quick to see a future for the horseless carriage.

The businessman entered an agreement with friends before forming the Ross Motor and Cycle Company in Shipley's old steam tram shed near the Ross Hotel in 1901.