Eleven of Yorkshire’s leading food and drink entrepreneurs have been recognised for their business acumen, as winners were revealed at the prestigious Garbutt + Elliott Food Entrepreneurs Awards last night (March 7).

The winning companies beat 76 entrants to be crowned across nine categories at a ceremony in The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York, attended by more than 100 business leaders in the food and drink sector.

The inaugural awards, which were organised by York and Leeds-based accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott, recognise the best among the county’s food and drink producers and retailers.

Scooping two awards, for business of the year and Yorkshire brand of the year, was Lottie Shaw’s bakery in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Other businesses to pick up an accolade included Kirklington-based gourmet sausage brand Heck, which won growth business of the year, and Sheffield’s Bullion Chocolate, which picked up the award for young business of the year. The overall winners were:

  • Northern Bloc for Best Innovation
  • Heck for Growth Business of the Year
  • Herb Fed Poultry and Herbs Unlimited for Best Partnership
  • Bullion Chocolate for Young Business of the Year
  • The London Deli Co and North Brewing Co (joint winners) for Best Yorkshire Exporter
  • Lottie Shaw’s for Best Yorkshire Brand
  • Dyls for the Yorkshire Grit award
  • Ged Bell Pies for the Deliciouslyorkshire Taste award
  • Lottie Shaw’s for the Garbutt + Elliott Business of the Year award

Commenting on the winners, Garbutt + Elliott managing partner, Russell Turner, said: “Our judges and sponsors had some hard decisions to make and found it very tough choosing winners. Food and drink businesses in Yorkshire have a well-deserved reputation for their creativity, business acumen and boundless passion for the quality of their products and this was certainly borne out in the entries we received.

“As a major supporter of businesses in Yorkshire, we’re proud to host an event that shines the spotlight on the significant role the food and drink sector plays in creating prosperity and employment in the region.

“Congratulations to all the winners and those businesses which were highly commended – we look forward to seeing them grow and succeed throughout the coming years. We’re already planning on making next year’s event bigger and better, and encourage more food and drink entrepreneurs across Yorkshire to get involved.”

The awards were sponsored by Deliciouslyorkshire, Xero, SIAFS, Make it York, Rollits LLP, ARC Retail Consultancy, Yorkshire Food Finder, , Yorkshire Food Guide, York on a Fork, Xero and LemonZest PR