Double Win For JB Springs at the Skipton Business Awards

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JB Springs is delighted to announce that we were named ‘Best Engineering/Manufacturing Business’ and ‘Best Business of the Year’ at the Skipton Business Awards.

The prestigious awards were held at The Rendezvous Hotel on Thursday 25th April. From 6:30pm business owners, family and friends gathered for a night of celebration in honour of Skipton’s best businesses.

The judging panel were made up of independent business experts, including: Alison Davis, Head of Digital and Roy Prenton, Corporate Communications Consultant, Skipton Building Society, Chris Hird, Market Leader, Barclays Bank plc, Helen Rose Marshall, Director, HRM Business Services Ltd, Andy Barton, Chief Executive, SREG and Tony Barrett, Retired Business Owner and Skipton Town Councillor. They commented:

“Once again, the standard of entries in all categories was extremely high; showcasing what a brilliant raft of business we have in the Skipton area. In several categories it was very difficult to choose a clear winner and this is underlined by the judges requesting an unprecedented Highly Commended to be added to one category.”

Commenting on JB Springs winning the Overall Winner Award, the judges commented: “Manufacturing often takes a beating with too many ‘bad news’ stories in this sector. But here we have a shining example of the best of what manufacturing in this area can provide. This is a brilliant ‘good news’ story for the town and its economy which was a real highlight of the judging process. This business is a real breath of fresh air in the manufacturing sector and deserves all the plaudits it receives; a deserving winner of this award.”

Commenting on the evening, the JB Springs team said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and were delighted to come away with two awards! Receiving The Best Business of the Year award is an honour and we shall be displaying the trophies very proudly.”

The idea to launch the awards came from some Skipton Chamber of Trader & Commerce members who wanted to celebrate the amazing businesses of Skipton. The inaugural year was launched in October 2016, and it was initially thought that the awards would only be celebrated for that one year. However, with continued support from the business community, the awards continue to be a success.

Details of the categories, sponsors, finalists and winners for 2019 are as follows:

Best Accommodation Award

Sponsored by Jelf Insurance

Winner: Black Horse Hotel, Grassington


Bailey Bed & Breakfast (Highly Commended)

Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa

Best Apprentice/Trainee

Sponsored by High Corn Mill

Winner: Chloe Green, Craven District Council


Carly Sharp, Coffee Care

Izzy Booth, Benjamin Opticians

Best Bar None

A separate award organised and sponsored by Skipton BID

Winner: Venue Sports & Music Bar

Finalist: The Albion Inn

Best B2B Supplier/Wholesaler

Sponsored by Windle & Bowker

Winner: Fortem People Ltd.


Coffee Care

Dalesman Publishing

Best Customer Service

Sponsored by Bizzie Lizzie’s

Winner: Thornton Hall Country Park


Grassington House

Verus Solutions

Best Fitness Health & Beauty

Sponsored by Aspire Magazine

Winner: Benjamin Opticians


Crossgates Health, Hair & Beauty

Jetts Fitness

Best Food & Drink

Sponsored by The Rendezvous Hotel

Winner: Grassington House


Bizzie Lizzie’s

Black Horse Hotel, Grassington

Best Leisure & Tourism Award

Sponsored by Spear Travels

Winner: Hesketh Farm Park


Skipton Boat Trips

Thornton Hall Country Park

Best Manufacturer & Engineering

Sponsored by Shepherd Partnership

Winner: J B Springs (John Binns & Son (Springs) Ltd)


Chelker Technology Ltd

Hartleys Bedrooms

Best Market Stall

Sponsored by Skipton Market

Winner: Pro Canvas Studio


Borders Wholesale

Handmade Pet Bed & Soft Furnishing

Best New Business

Sponsored by AWB Charlesworth Solicitors

Winner: Elsworth Kitchen


Clubhouse Coffee & Cycles

DeBec Private Hire

Best Professional/Financial Services Award

Sponsored by Skipton Building Society

Winner: Fortem People Ltd.



Centre For Crisis Psychology (CCP)

Best Retailer Award

Sponsored by Barclays Bank PLC

Winner: The Present Planners Toy Shop


Just… By The Bridge x

Midgley Motor Cars Grassington Garage

Best Visitors’ Choice (Skipton Town Guide 2018) Award

Sponsored by The Rendezvous Hotel

Winner: The Growling Shrew


Bae Chique Ltd

Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa

The overall ‘Business of the Year’ was selected from all winners. WINNER: JB Springs.

Photo Credit: Skipton Business Awards and Steve Garnett.