Business leaders

A NUMBER of Driffield firms are among the finalists in the 2012 Chamber Yorkshire Coast business Awards, which take place on Friday October 5 at the Spa, Bridlington.

Three finalists in each of the seven categories will compete to be the best business in their section, with the seven category winners going forward to compete for the overall business of the year.

Finalists in the seven categories are:

Best startup business (under 2years): Wolds Cottage Kitchen, Wetwang; Salesbridge, Beverley; Cut to the Chase, Hull.

Best small business (up to 20 employees): Yarrows Aggregates, Catwick; Florida Marquees, Driffield; Peach Hampers, Hull

Best medium/large (over 20 employees): Magpie Cafe, Whitby; G F Smith, Hull; Dortek Ltd, Hull.

Best social enterprise: Minerva, Hull; Seachange, Scarborough; Shire Hall, Howden.

Best green business: The Leeway, Whitby; Connexin, Hull; GWE Biogas, Kirkburn.

Best training business: Cranswick Convenience Foods, Hull; Hica Group, Hull Sewell Group, Hull.

Best international business (trading overseas): AB Graphics, Carnaby; Sheilds, Hessle; Shipham Valves, Hull.

The event will kick off with a champagne reception, followed by a black tie dinner, top drawer entertainment from the Snake Davis Band, speakers, and a showcase of the finalists businesses. Tickets are available by calling Geof Humphrey on 01262 603777 / 07528 522592 or email:

The event also hopes to raise funds for a great cause, ‘Kids n Cancer’. In order to raise funds, businesses are urged to donate prizes in order that 100% of the proceeds from the prize draw can be donated to the beneficiary who will use the funds to help kids with cancer in our area to receive life changing operations in the USA. Businesses who wish to help should contact Geof Humphrey on the contact details above.