Bright young talent shone with the leading lights of Bradford’s business world at the glittering Telegraph & Argus Bradford Means Business Awards 2012.

Companies from across the district battled it out in 11 closely-fought categories, but the biggest winner of the night was Mark Robinson, 22, who scooped Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was declared Winner of Winners for setting up web-design firm Digital Green.

He said: “When I first set up I was operating out of my mum and gran’s house with three full-time staff.

“It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe I’ve won.”

Business bosses were joined by Lord Mayor Councillor Dale Smith, for Saturday’s awards ceremony at Aagrah’s Midpoint Suite, compered by former broadcaster Jon Hammond.

Telegraph & Argus editor Perry Austin-Clarke began proceedings with a speech, saying it was a night to celebrate “all that’s great about Bradford’s businesses”.

New leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Dave Green (Lab, Wibsey), said the room was full of people “committed to their businesses in Bradford”.

He said: “I want to put on record the fact that Bradford Council is committed to working with every single one of you to take forward your business and deliver for the people of Bradford and the businesses of Bradford.”

Keynote speaker Koert Tulleners, CEO of Freemans Grattan Holdings, spoke about his business background and how the catalogue company had adapted to a new digital age.

The awards started with Newlands Community Association picking up the Environment-Friendly Business of the Year award for its eco-friendly £4 million business park in Eccleshill, before Bradford Science Park-based Agenda 1 Analytical Services picked up Business or Technical Innovation of the Year.

Inventors Phil Wilson and his neighbour and business partner Chris Beltier, of Sandy Lane, looked thrilled to scoop New Business of the Year Award for their LeafSeat, a protective cover which stops car seats getting dirty.

Mother-of-two Louise Jefferies, of motorcycle dealership Allan Jefferies, in Baildon, looked shocked to be announced as the winner of the Woman in Business award.

Small Business of the Year went to Approach PR – a five-strong public relations company based in Little Germany.

One of the largest cheers of the night went to family business Summers Butchers in Clayton, Bradford, which won the Retail or Hospitality Business of the Year award.

Owner John Summers said: “We’re not just a business, we support the community and put a 100 per cent into what we do.”

Cleckheaton-based accountants Clough and Co won the Employer of the Year award, before Park House Healthcare was announced Medium or Large Business of the Year.

There were jubilant scenes as Balbir Panesar, the boss of PEC building and shopfitting, was declared Business Personality of the Year.

He said: “To be recognised in this way is a great honour and I think more of this should go on in Bradford.”