2017 sees the Keighley & Airedale Business Awards return for the fifth consecutive year. This reflects the success of previous years and sees the awards expanded to cover the Saltaire, Shipley and Baildon postcode areas. All businesses in these postcode areas are now eligible to enter and are invited to celebrate the story of their success with us.

This prestigious annual event is now a regular feature on the local business calendar and this success has enabled the Awards to expand and cover businesses in the wider Airedale area. The event culminates with a gala presentation evening hosted by BBC Look North anchorman Harry Gration on 30 June at Keighley’s Victoria Hall.

The awards close on Friday 28 April so businesses are encouraged to get their entries in as soon as possible. The event is organised by local businesses and services that promote and support business within the area. They freely donate their time and services on a voluntary basis.

It’s both free and easy for all businesses to enter and further information and a list of the award categories can be found at www.keighleybusinessawards.co.uk Businesses can enter up to two relevant awards categories.

Tickets to attend the presentation evening cost £35, which includes a four course meal, and can be obtained via the website. All businesses shortlisted for an award receive two complimentary tickets.

The Awards are a not for profit event and are supported by business sponsorship and ticket sales, with this year’s headline sponsor being KeighleyBid.

Businesses recognised for their achievements in previous years have enjoyed not only local recognition, but have been encouraged to enter further regional or national awards and in several cases have met with notable success. There are 10 award categories this year, fully detailed on the website, which aim to reflect the diversity of businesses in the local area.

There have been some great successes and some compelling stories from previous winners and we’re sure there are more waiting to be told. We look forward to hearing those stories and getting your success out to a local audience, giving you a platform to broadcast your achievement far and wide.

Howard Martin from Bingley Chamber, a member of the Awards organising committee, hopes more local businesses will enter the awards this year and repeat the success enjoyed by previous winners, “Each year the awards have been gaining in popularity, and so for 2017 a decision was taken to widen the area of eligibility to cover not only the Keighley, Bingley and Haworth business sectors but also those based in Saltaire, Shipley and Baildon.

“We hope to see this reflected in entries from businesses in these new postcode areas. It would be great to see awards winners coming from Shipley, Saltaire and Baildon as there are some really good businesses in these areas.”

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