Lu’s Place in Meltham has won Eaton Smith’s Business of the Month Award for June 2023.

A contemporary café, Lu’s Place boasts an industrial yet stylish aesthetic and everyone is welcome including dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Lu’s Place, based at Meltham Mills Industrial Estate, has a trademark equestrian pen, a boot-wash, dog and horse water troughs and a sheltered cycle store.

Planning permission was granted in 2019 and the groundworks began in 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The £1 million purpose-built café finally opened in March 2022, and has continued to grow since.

Craig Capp, HR director for Lu’s Place, said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition and add this Business of the Month award to our collection which puts us as one of the 12 finalists for the next Business of the Year awards.

“It’s fair to say there’s nothing quite like Lu’s Place in our area, and our multiple awards serve as validation of the unique experience we offer to our valued customers.

“Having witnessed the construction of Lu’s Place from the ground up, it really is inspiring to see the business thrive as it does today, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

“The success of Lu’s Place is a direct result of the unwavering commitment and abilities of everyone within the team, and they should all be tremendously proud of this achievement.”

Image by: Mark Flynn Photography

James Burgess, partner at Eaton Smith Solicitors, and member of the judging panel, said: “Lu’s Place are worthy winners of this month’s award.

“The judges were particularly impressed by their contribution to the local community and their focus on creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly business.

“Lu’s Place opened in March 2022 and has demonstrated impressive growth. All in all, they thoroughly deserve recognition as our Business of the Month.”

James Burgess chaired the judging panel and was joined by Richard Ralph (Foresight Group), Sarah Agar-Brennan (University of Huddersfield), Martin Hathaway (Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce) and Annie Bradley (Department of Business & Trade).

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