Shortlist announced for Richmond’s new Business Excellence Awards

Loo and David Morton of Neeps and Tatties presenting the David Doorbar award last year's winners, Dennis and Elizabeth Graves of Mocha Chocolate shop.

The shortlist for Richmond’s new Business Excellence Awards has been announced.

The awards aim to 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 100 members, has joined with The Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers of Richmond (Yorkshire) to establish these annual awards.

Richmondshire District Council has also lent financial support to getting the awards off the ground.


Best Market Stall sponsored by Richmond Town Council

  • Carricks Fish
  • Cheesey Grin

Best New Business 1 – 5 Full time equivalent Employees Sponsored by McClarrons

  • Low Impact Forestry
  • Out of the Box
  • Stacey Moore

Health and Leisure

  • Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance
  • Richmond Swimming pool
  • Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy

Accommodation Providers

  • BnB at 43
  • Flowery Dell Lodges

Hospitality – more than 10 Full Time Equivalent Employees sponsored by Purple Creative

  • The Black Bull at Moulton
  • The Kings Head Hotel
  • The Station Café Bar

Hospitality – less than 10 Full Time Equivalent Employees sponsored by Mad Hatter Tea

  • Granny’s Kitchen
  • Mocha
  • Sip Coffee Ltd.

Installers and Repairers

  • Boston Electrical Services
  • GCH Garden Maintenance
  • Richmond Garage Services

Trade Suppliers sponsored by McLuckie Projects Ltd.

  • Kiss the Moon
  • Ravensworth Nurseries
  • Richmond Brewing Company

Personal Services

  • Ginger Tree Holistic Health and Beauty
  • Just the Job
  • Midget Gems
  • WaggyDayz

Media – Less Than 5 Employees sponsored by Zetland Estates

  • G design
  • Lime Lizard
  • Richmondshire Today

IT, Media and Tech sponsored by Zetland Estates

  • City Secret
  • Purple Creative
  • Signal Telecom

Professional Services sponsored by Richmondshire Today

  • Irvings Sales and Lettings
  • McClarrons
  • ProPharma
  • The City Secret

Retail Food sponsored by The World of James Herriot

  • Mocha
  • Out of the Box
  • Wilfreds

Small Producers and Manufacturers

  • Kiss the Moon
  • Ravensworth Nurseries
  • Richmond Brewing Company

Retail Non-Food

  • King Street Kitchen and Gift
  • Shop at The Green Howards Museum
  • Trinity

Tourism, Leisure and the Arts sponsored by Richmond Round Table

  • Georgian Theatre Royal
  • Rhythm and Shoes Academy
  • The Green Howards Museum

Employee of the Year sponsored by Richmond Rotary Club

  • Abbey Kendall (The Station Café Bar)
  • Ethan Newstead (Sip Coffee Ltd.)
  • Laura Jane Dempster (The Kings Head Hotel)
  • Tara Collins (Neeps and Tatties)
  • Wendy Patch (Castle Hill Bookshop)

Employer of the Year sponsored by Richmond Rotary Club

  • Mocha
  • Purple Creative
  • Roots and Shoots Florist

The judges will present the annual David Doorbar Award for Excellence to one of the category winners.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of the Original Richmond and Business and Tourism Association, said she was pleased at the standard and number of entries for the first of these annual awards.

“We were concerned that not many businesses would enter as it takes time for word to spread, but we are all really pleased at the number and quality of the entries.

“Shortlisting has been really difficult and I don’t think the final judging will be any easier.”

Marcia added: “This is a real testament to the quality of the businesses in and around Richmond.

“There are a lot of very hard-working people running businesses in our area who really show their passion for what they do and display great business acumen, planning and customer service.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at The Kings Head Hotel in Richmond on Wednesday, March 25 with drinks and canapes reception followed by the presentations in the ballroom.

The evening is to be compered by well-known local radio broadcaster, James Wilson.