Huddersfield businesses are among those ready to celebrate at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2023.

The awards, being held for the second year, celebrate innovation, resilience and true Yorkshire grit in businesses across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.

The judges chose the finalists based on nominations submitted outlining the incredible work of businesses large and small over the last 12 months.

The winners will be announced at a sparkling awards ceremony on Thursday September 28 at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

The shortlist is: 

Community Hero 

  • Huddersfield Town Foundation 
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale 
  • Stephanie Walker Counselling Services 
  • Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Diversity & Inclusion 

  • HAD-Print 
  • Huddersfield Town Foundation 
  • Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Employer of the Year 

  • First Choice Recruitment 
  • true9 
  • Faith Brand Communications

 Entrepreneur of the Year 

  • Sam Teale 
  • Gina Reid 

 Green Business of the Year 

  • Solupak Ltd 
  • CorkSol UK 
  • Orean 
  • Aquatrust Water & Ventilation Ltd 
  • Sewtec Automation Limited 

 Innovation Award 

  • Aquatrust Water & Ventilation Ltd 
  • Flat Stan First Aid Ltd 

 International Business of the Year 

  • Camira 
  • Bespoke Stairlifts Limited 

The chamber has also announced the awards judging panel, who have created the shortlist and will select the ultimate winners for each category: Alex Dutton-Waugh, business growth service manager at West Yorkshire Combined Authority; Annie Bradley, international trade adviser at the Department of Business & Trade; and Mark Evans – owner of Better Telecoms Ltd.

Martin Hathaway, managing director of the Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The calibre of entries this year was incredible and highlights the talent, passion and heart within the Yorkshire business community.

“It has been a challenging year with an unpredictable economy so the results coming out of our region truly are a credit to the businesses here.”