THE finalists of the Ilkley Business Awards 2020 has been announced.

They are:

Independent Retailer of the Year: Floral Dance Florist, Lishman’s of Ilkley, Time & Time Again.

Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year: Clip ‘n Climb Ilkley, Olicana Gymnastics Club, Real Food Ilkley.

Long Standing Business of the Year: Bar T’at, LCF Law, Tennant and Darragh Jewellery Workshop.

Micro Business of the Year: A Tidy Mind, Copper Spoon Cakery, Waste Not.

New Business of the Year: Dexters Ilkley, Porters Menswear Ilkley, SACHI’s.

Professional Services of the Year: Ison Harrison Solicitors, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Sarah Siddons Financial Planning.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year: Mollie Phillips of Shoo Social Media, Richard Dean of Lishman’s of Ilkley.

Business Personality of the Year: Sarah Siddons of Sarah Siddons Financial Planning, Emily Bond of Bonds Theatre School, Charlotte Hawkins of Waste Not.

Food and Drink Business of the Year: Broadley’s Bistro & Wine Bar, Pranzo,The Little Teahouse.

Health and Beauty Business of the Year: Claire Wareham Hair & Beauty, Dexters Ilkley, Space Fitness & Wellbeing.

Established Business of the Year: Claire Wareham Hair & Beauty, SmartSearch, Wharfedale & Craven Mumbler

Employee of the Year: Joe Smith of Lishman’s of Ilkley, Joshua Emmott of Court Computers, Michael Parkinson of Dillons Premium Fitness Training.

Customer Services: Clip n’ Climb Ilkley, Luxe Beauty Salon, The Aisle Bridal Boutique.

This years’ independent judges were Susanne Marchant, Head of Enterprise Programmes at Leeds University Business School, Rob Whieldon an expert in leadership development and designer of award winning business growth programmes, Ian Ward General Manager of The Broadway Shopping Centre and Chairman of Bradford BID, Vicky Wainwright Managing Partner of Naylor Wintersgill Accountants and Vice Chair of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce and Wendy Spencer CEO of Airedale Enterprise Services. The judges commented on the high quality of this year’s entries with the Best Customer Service Award receiving more than twice as many nominations as last year.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Craiglands Hotel on Friday, March 6. A few tickets are still available for the black-tie event which includes a welcome drink and canapes, a three course meal with tea and coffee, entertainment and a disco. Tickets are £42.50 each and can be reserved through the website – or by emailing