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A look ahead to the Hambleton District Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 June 2016

Easingwold Photo by John Potter

Easingwold Photo by John Potter

© John Potter / Alamy Stock Photo

Networking is helping to support a diverse economy in one of North Yorkshire's most enterprising districts

The district of Hambleton must rank as one of the most idyllic places to live and work in North Yorkshire. It takes its name from the Hambleton Hills part of the North York Moors National Park and its potential as a tourist destination seems endless.

But first and foremost the district which includes the bustling towns and friendly villages of Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Easingwold, Alne and Sutton-on-the Forest, is all about encouraging strong communities and business enterprise.

Nominations have been made for the third Hambleton District Business Awards which take place in July – an initiative which is encouraging co-operation between the broad range of businesses and creating job opportunities.

One of the awards’ organisers at Hambleton District Council, Julie Hutton, says the initiative has grown from strength to strength. The launch of the awards attracted 54 entries, there were more than 200 last year and the figure is expected to be higher again this year.

Julie said it was important they had a broad based economy and did not rely just on tourism. ‘We do have businesses in many different sectors from manufacturing to service industries which are international as well as local. A lot of companies work and support each other through networking which is an important part of business.’

The awards encourage apprenticeships, opportunities for graduates, staff training and development, business support for the community as well as schools and education, the best of local products and innovation. Last year’s Innovation Award winner was It-Is International, a company involved in fighting the spread of the Ebola disease.

Tourism is important to the district which is home to the celebrated World of James Herriot visitor attraction in the historic market town of Thirsk for example and Easingwold, an original and unspoiled Yorkshire village with a grand Georgian market square and a reputation for some very fine food.

Northallerton, a thriving bustling town, with good road links, excellent shopping and eating is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby villages. There is a danger of leaving out a town or village that more than deserves a mention, so perhaps it is best to stop here.

‘Tourism is important of course and we attract many visitors who come here to enjoy the countryside, walking or visiting the towns and villages,’ says Julie. ‘Everyone works hard and businesses big and small do support each other and support their communities. And the business awards attract a wide range of nominations, have brought people together and proved to be very popular.’

For more information about the business awards go to hambleton.gov.uk

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