Winner: 2016/2017


ProperMaid, a Lindley based cake maker

This Huddersfield based firm was founded in 2008 by Allison Whitmarsh who identified a gap in the market for her unique cakes. Allison worked tirelessly to build recognition for her brand and business concept which quickly grew from trading at local Farmers Markets, to supplying a diverse range of high end bistros, tea rooms, restaurants, prestigious venues and tourist attractions across the region. ProperMaid is known for its innovative recipes that are Yorkshire inspired such as Courgette and Lime, Beetroot and Chocolate, Liquorice, Rhubarb & Custard and the award winning Dandelion and Burdock Cake. ProperMaid is very proud of its Huddersfield roots and is determined to maintain its local brand profile and Yorkshire focus as it continues to grow.


Pennine Pneumatic Services:

A Halifax-based compressed air solutions provider

Pennine Pneumatic Services was established in 1991 and has grown in size and stature to become one of the leading providers of compressed air solutions in the UK and an Atlas Copco premier distributor. After working in the compressed air business for many years Gary Whitaker founded the company with an aim to offer customers a refreshing new approach. Pennine Pneumatic Services has been built on solid foundations of hard work, determination, excellent customer service and response times. The business invests considerably in training at all levels and has many employees with very long service.



Yorkshire Payments:

Yorkshire Payments, a Brighouse-based payment services provider

Yorkshire Payments was established in 2013 by James Howard whose vision was to provide independent payment solutions to a range of businesses across the Yorkshire region. This vision remains the same today and the company now supports thousands of businesses including some large, very well-known brands. The company’s strong commitment to high quality customer service has ensured it has grown at a phenomenal rate and continues to win market share through hard work, determination and recommendations.


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