Wakefield businesses celebrated at awards ceremony

The Wakefield district’s most innovative, inspirational and community supporting businesses have been recognised at a virtual awards ceremony.

The Wakefield Bounce Back Week Awards (WBBW), developed by the Wakefield Economic Recovery Board – whose partners include the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and Wakefield First – celebrated the bravery, hard work and ingenuity seen throughout the region in what has been an incredibly tough year.

Darren Byford smiling
Cllr Darren Byford

Three awards were handed out, including the Community Spirit in Business Award – for any Wakefield-based company who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help support their local community in the past year, the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award – for those who have shown extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit in the last year and the Wakefield Pivot with Purpose award – which celebrates great strategic decisions that saved jobs and developed businesses.

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Property, said: “We have so many wonderful local businesses across our district and the awards were a great opportunity to celebrate their entrepreneurship and growth, even in the most difficult of years.

“The way they have adapted and bounced back is inspirational and we will continue to support them in any way we can during the recovery from the pandemic.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

The Community Spirit in Business Award:

Gold Award Kerry Moxon, Junction 32 Outlet

Silver Award Helen Redford, Arriva Yorkshire
Bronze Award Craig Shepard, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

The Entrepreneurial Excellence Award:

Gold Award: Molly Chapman, Wild In The Woods Ltd

Silver Award: Vicky Rawcliffe, Transcendence Holistic Therapies
Bronze Award: Emma Creighton, Black Heart

The Wakefield Pivot with Purpose Award:

Gold Award Munir Mamujee, m2r Limited

Silver Award Beth Kent, Northern Media
Bronze Award Cheryl Lockwood, Lasting Beauty Wakefield Ltd

For more information about WBBW, please visit www.wakefieldbouncebackweek.co.uk