Entries open for Richmond’s Business Awards for Excellence

Phil Upton and Allan Guy, from former winners Purple Creative Studio.

Entries are now being accepted for Richmond’s Business Awards for Excellence.

The awards, which were inaugurated in 2020, celebrate the variety and quality of businesses in Richmond and the surrounding area, along with the people who run and work in them.

The Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association (ORBTA), which now has the strength of over 100 members, has again joined forces with The Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers of Richmond (Yorkshire) Guild to run the Awards.

Russell Lord, Freeman of the Mercers Guild, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Business Excellence Awards 2022.

“The Company is proud to be working alongside The Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association and Richmondshire District Council to make these awards a success in recognising the contribution business makes to the local community.

“The inaugural Awards 2020 highlighted the wealth and diversity of businesses within the area and we look forward to celebrating their success again at this year’s Awards Ceremony.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of the Original Richmond and Business and Tourism Association, said she appreciated the financial help being given.

“We are very grateful to Richmondshire District Council and the Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers for again giving us the support to run these awards for Richmond.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the excellent businesses in Richmond and the surrounding area”.

The awards are free to enter and are open to any business or organisation that is a member of the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association (ORBTA) or that trades in the DL10 area.

Businesspeople are invited to enter the awards on their own behalf and may also nominate other businesses.

The public are also invited to put forward their choices for consideration for the awards.

The awards are now open for applications at www.originalrichmond.co.uk Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 25th February. There are twelve categories to choose from and more than one category may be entered.


  • Business Chameleon – sponsored by Richmondshire Today
  • Best Customer Focus
  • Best Employer
  • Best new Business – sponsored by Zetland Estates
  • Best Information Technology – Sponsored by The City Secret
  • Best Innovation – sponsored by The Herriot Tourism Group
  • Best Marketing – sponsored by Purple Creative Studio
  • Outstanding Employee
  • Best One Person Business
  • Best Market Stall – Indoor or Outdoor – sponsored by Irvings Sales and Lettings
  • Environmental Award – sponsored by Councillor Russell Lord and Freda Ward

The Dennis Graves Award for Young Person of the Year – this new special award has been created in memory of Dennis Graves, joint-owner of Mocha Chocolate shop in Richmond.

Dennis, who died suddenly last year, was passionate about encouraging young people to learn.

Marcia said: “He spent a lot of time with the army cadets both as a cadet and an adult trainer – he got so much from the mentoring he received and he tried, with great success, to have that kind of influence on the cadets he took under his wing.

“He was keen when time allowed to have apprentices at Mocha and work experience young adults from school.

“This award in his name recognises Dennis’s desire to help young people to succeed.”

The special David Doorbar Award for Excellence will be awarded to the business from the ten winners who has gone the extra mile based on all-round performance.

In 2020 this prestigious award was won by Purple Creative Studios and this year managing director, Phil Upton, and technical director, Allan Guy, join the judging panel for the awards.

Categories still available to sponsor are: Best Customer Focus; Best Employer; Best Employee;

Best One Person Business and the Environmental Award.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor please contact chair of ORBTA, Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525/07740 927 608.

Sponsors of the individual categories will receive publicity on the ORBTA website and in all media activities, as well as a couple of tickets to the Awards ceremony and having the award plaque for their chosen category engraved with their name. This is a good opportunity to be involved with Richmond’s active business community and promote your own business within that arena.

The judges will decide from the ten business category winners the ‘best of the best’ and present the annual David Doorbar Award to the winning business.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at The Station in Richmond on Friday, April 1 at The Station.

To enter your business, your employer or an employee or to enter someone else’s business into the 2022 awards please visit www.originalrichmond.co.uk and go to the Business Awards tab.