Winners announced for inaugural Richmond Business Excellence Awards

From left, Marcia McLuckie, chair of ORBTA; David Kerfoot, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire and chair of the LEP and John Clarke, Warden of the Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers, meet at St Mary’s Church, Richmond.

The winners of the inaugural Richmond Business Excellence Awards have been announced.

The Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association (ORBTA), which has more than 100 members, joined with The Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers of Richmond (Yorkshire) to establish these annual awards.

The original plan was to hold the Awards Evening in March in the Kings Head Hotel, Richmond, but due to the Pandemic, this was cancelled, and alternative solutions were considered.

As lockdown eased it was decided to hold the awards in St Mary’s Church, Richmond, but just days before the event, Government guidance changed, making it impossible to assemble with an audience.

The awards went ahead on Tuesday with only six people present.

The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire and chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, David Kerfoot, announced the winners.

He said: “I commend the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association  and the Society of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers for making such a strenuous effort to put the event on.

“Richmond and Richmond Town Centre is a very, very special place. Richmond has a tremendous record. How many towns can beat the following?

5) Tara Collins – Neeps and Tatties – Winner of Employee of the Year.

“In 2017 awarded the Sunday Times Best Town Award; in 2018 shortlisted for the Great British High Street Award; a silver award in 2019 for Yorkshire in Bloom and in 2020 Richmond and Richmondshire voted the happiest place to live in the UK. If people are happy, it is going to be a very rich environment, whether a business, home, or indeed, a town.

“Winning these awards has stamped Richmond very, very high up in the echelons.”

Chair of ORBTA, Marcia McLuckie, said: “The Business Awards celebrate the variety and quality of our fantastic businesses.

“I have been particularly struck by the diversity, imagination, hard work, levels of customer service, desire to succeed, environmental awareness and standard of the businesses in and around Richmond.

“I am very grateful that these businesspeople, their staff and volunteers are so very committed to making Richmond and its locality a success story. Thank you one and all.”

3) Jerry and Clare Edwards, Trinity Fashion – winner of the Non-Food Retail category.

Richmond’s Business Excellence Awards 2020 – The Winners

Best Market Stall sponsored by Richmond Town Council

  • Carricks Fish

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

  • Low Impact Forestry

Health and Leisure

  • Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance

Accommodation Providers

  • BnB at 43

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

  • The Station Café Bar

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

  • Granny’s Kitchen

Installers and Repairers

  • Richmond Garage Services

Trade Suppliers sponsored by McLuckie Projects Ltd.

  • Kiss the Moon

Personal Services

  • Midget Gems

Media – Less Than 5 Employees sponsored by Zetland Estates

  • Richmondshire Today

IT, Media and Tech sponsored by Zetland Estates

  • Signal Telecom

Professional Services sponsored by Richmondshire Today

  • The City Secret

Retail Food sponsored by The World of James Herriot

  • Mocha

Small Producers and Manufacturers

  • Ravensworth Nurseries

Retail Non-Food

  • Trinity Fashion

Tourism, Leisure and the Arts sponsored by Richmond Round Table

  • Georgian Theatre Royal

Employee of the Year sponsored by Richmond Rotary Club

  • Tara Collins (Neeps and Tatties)
  • Amy Kirk (Angus Morton Butchers)

Employer of the Year sponsored by Richmond Rotary Club

  • Purple Creative
2) Phil Upton and Allan Guy, Purple Creative Studio – winner of the Employer of the Year category and the David Doorbar Award for Excellence.

Three special awards were also presented: Special Community Services Award – Just the Job; Star of Richmond – Wendy Patch; The Richmond Beacon Award – ProPharma Group

The overall winner of the David Doorbar Award for Excellence, which honours his memory and commitment to Richmond and successful business was presented to Purple Creative Studio.

All the awards were presented to the winners in St Mary’s Church by Marcia McLuckie the day after Mr Kerfoot announced the successful businesses.

Faye Doorbar presented Phil Upton and Allan Guy of Purple with their trophy.

She said: “All the businesses represented a large part of why this beautiful town and area is a truly great place to live and work.

“Your businesses, approach to customers and colleagues, creativity and hard work are inspiring examples of why we should promote ourselves/yourselves with pride.

“The winner of the David Doorbar Award this evening is an especially outstanding example.”

The full awards ceremony held in St. Mary’s may be viewed at

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