won the Innovation Award, sponsored by Christeyns 

Former Bradford City striker Bruce Bannister established SportsShoes in 1982.

The Shipley-based company offers customers more than 17,000 products from 150 global running and outdoor brands.

Managing director, Brett Bannister, who is Bruce’s son, said: “We are really pleased to be recognised by the Bradford business community with this award.

“Bradford is our hometown and we intend to continue investing and creating employment opportunities within the city in order to deliver our growth strategy.

“This award is testimony to the dedicated and inventive team we have at Thanks to them, we are totally committed to leading from the front and always thinking of ways to innovate for the benefit of our brand partners and customers.”

After making it through to the finals he said: “We are a proud Bradford business that understands innovation is key to’s continued growth and success.

He stressed the company’s belief that “there’s no fun to be had by standing still”.

This award celebrates individuals, teams, businesses, or a public sector body who are leading the way in research and development in either manufacturing techniques, software development or digital technologies. These companies could be creating new revenue streams, saving costs, or improving efficiency.