The hunt is on to find the best businesses in Huddersfield town centre – and nominations are open now.

Huddersfield BID and Huddersfield Civic Society have teamed up to launch the Huddersfield Business Champions awards.

There are five categories – Best Café, Best Restaurant, Best Bar or Entertainment Venue, Best Retailer and Best Commercial or Service-led Business – and any business based in the town centre can nominate themselves.

Each category will have the same judging criteria which include such as customer service, business appearance, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and accessibility.

Huddersfield BID (Business Improvement District) was created by Huddersfield businesses in 2020 and one of its key objectives is to maintain a “safe and attractive” town centre.

The awards will have three judges, BID manager Sam Sharp, David Wyles, president of Huddersfield Civic Society, and BID board member Chan Khangura, a director of Huddersfield-based Whitegates estate agents.

Sam urged town centre businesses to enter the awards and said: “Our town and all its users are important to the continued growth and development of the BID zone.

“We want to encourage retailers in the town centre to make sure their shop front looks good and to provide excellent customer service and we want them to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts.”

Chan added: “As a business owner in my local town I am thrilled to be a board member of Huddersfield BID. When Sam had the idea to ‘champion’ businesses I was delighted.

“There are many challenges we all face in our business but having the potential kudos of an award will certainly help in many ways.

“Sam and the team have made the application process very simple. All I can say is: ‘Nominate yourself now!'”

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Friday November 30. There will be an awards ceremony in January to celebrate the business champions and those who are shortlisted.

Find out more and apply here –