High Street Heroes Celebrate





Inspirational managers and staff were honoured in the inaugural Love Northallerton Business Awards.


The ceremony, which took place virtually because of coronavirus restrictions, recognised the High Street heroes who go the extra mile for their clients and are passionately committed to excellent customer service


There were 12 award categories for the 200-plus members of Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID), covering everything from small beauty and hairdressing shops to the town’s biggest retailers.


Thousands watched the celebrations via YouTube and social media platforms, with interviews of the lucky winners pre-recorded.


The awards were compered by resident local radio presenter Tim Lichfield, formerly of Minster FM, who will join new station YorkMix when it launches in January.


“We’d like to say a big thanks to Tim and all our sponsors who made the event possible,” says Northallerton BID manager Graham Bell.


“These awards have certainly given businesses something to celebrate in lockdown. The show brought out wonderful stories of devoted business owners and staff who are so proud of what they bring to the town. These are the people who make Northallerton truly special.”


As well as the main awards, a special trophy was presented to Hayley Thompson, owner of Maid in North Yorkshire, who has overcome serious health issues to expand her thriving cleaning services business.



Professional Service Business of the Year


Sponsored by Barkers


Finalists                    Colin Hutson Accounting

Darlington Building Society

Hambleton Community Action


Winner: Colin Hutson Accounting

Small Business Award


Sponsored by Lewis & Cooper


Finalists                    Maid in North Yorkshire

Maxwell’s of Northallerton

Mitchells Newsagents

J Thompson Butchers


Winner: J Thompson Butchers


Large Retailer of the Year


Sponsored by Hambleton District Council


Finalists                    Barkers

Lewis & Cooper



Winner: Barkers


Health, Hair & Beauty Business of the Year


Sponsored by Colin Hutson Accounting


Finalists                    Élan Salons

Hair & Beauty Secrets


Sonny Playforth Hairdressing


Winner: Hair & Beauty Secrets


Food & Drink Business of the Year


Sponsored by Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd    


Finalists                    Joe Cornish Gallery Café

Lewis & Cooper Tea Rooms

The Central Coffee House

The Tithe Bar


Winner: Lewis & Cooper


Best Customer Service Award


Sponsored by The Potting Shed


Finalists                    Élan Salons

Hair & Beauty Secrets

Joe Cornish Gallery Café

Maxwell’s of Northallerton


Winner: Maxwell’s of Northallerton  


Apprentice of the Year


Sponsored by Yorkshire Fireplaces


Finalists                    Andrew Sykes (Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd)

Harriet Nelson (Colin Hutson Accounting)

Mollie Brewer (Scyzory)


Winner: Andrew Sykes (Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd)


Employee of the Year


Sponsored by Wykeland Group


Finalists                    Chloe Winfield (Hair and Beauty Secrets)

Christine Taylor (Scyzory)

Dawn Wilson (Barkers)

Ruth Wilkinson (Mitchells Newsagents)


Winner: Ruth Wilkinson (Mitchells Newsagents)


Employer of the Year


Sponsored by Bettys


Finalists                    Hambleton Community Action

Maid in North Yorkshire

Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd


Winner: Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd


Businesswoman of the Year


Sponsored by The Federation of Small Businesses


Finalists                    Hayley Thompson (Maid in North Yorkshire)

Jacqui Fedyszyn (Scyzory)

Julie Hutson (Colin Hutson Accounting)

Sabrina McKee (Lewis & Cooper)


Winner: Julie Hutson (Colin Hutson Accounting)


Community Spirit Award


Sponsored by Scyzory


Finalists                    Chris Knight from Tesco

Hambleton Community Action


Yorkshire Fireplaces


Winner: M&Co


Special Award


Hayley Thompson (Maid in North Yorkshire)


















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