Last call for entries for the The Local Business Charity Award

Entries for the very first Local Business Charity Awards to be held in N.Yorkshire will be closing soon.

Local N.Yorks charities are encouraged to submit their nominations for one of their corporate supporters by the closing date of Friday 23 November 2018. If their nomination is successful and the company they nominated wins the award, they will receive £1,000. Entry is free and via the website www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk/nyorks.

The awards are completely free to enter and attend, being fully sponsored by insurance broker Jelf who have offices in Harrogate, Skipton, Malton, and York.

Awards organiser Louise Bruce said, ‘We’ve had some great entries in already and have been really impressed by the the work being done by across N.Yorks by businesses of all sizes to support their local charities but we know there are more tales to be told, so today we’re encouraging all N.Yorks charities to say a very public ‘thank you’ to their corporate supporters, via our awards and they never know, they may win £1,000 as well.’

To qualify for entry, nominating charities must be purely local charities, not local branches of national charities, they must have their head office in N.Yorkshire and do at least 80% of their work in the county for the benefit of the county’s residents. Charities must provide their charity number and proof of income with their nomination. Full terms and conditions of entry, including guidance on judging criteria, can be found on the website www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk/nyorks

The awards to enter are:

The Jelf Award – For local N.Yorks charities with an annual income of over £200,000 to nominate their best N.Yorks corporate supporter.

The Harrogate Award – For local N.Yorks charities with an annual income of under £200,000 to nominate their best N.Yorks corporate supporter.

The Individual Award – open to all N.Yorks charities to nominate a person from a local business, who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to support the charity and in doing so makes a significant difference to the lives of others. The winner of the Individual Award will win a £300 weekend away.

Judges for the N.Yorkshire awards are:

  • Mr David Kerfoot MBD DL – Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
  • Andrew Jones MP – Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough
  • Tim Mortimer – Regional Director, Jelf
  • Dr Ruth Smith – Main Board Member of York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Carolyn Frank – North Yorkshire Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses

All finalist businesses and charities will be invited as guests of sponsors Jelf, to attend the finals dinner which will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church, Duchy Road, Harrogate on Wed 9 January 2019.

In line with the event organiser’s determination to put as much money back into the local economy as possible, the menu will be ‘The Best of N.Yorks’ meaning only food grown, sewn, harvested and reared in the area provided by local suppliers will be served.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 23 November 2018.