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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open in the first round of the Best Specialist Retailer category of Minster FM's Listener Choice Awards 2017 sponsored by Switch Networks

You can read all about each of our entrants below and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.  Voting for the first round closes on Sunday September 24th at 23:59.  Following this, the top six will go through to the final round of voting with the winner announced at our Listener Choice Awards ceremony on Monday November 6th.


The entries are as provided by the nominees.


The Nominees

Appleton's Butchers

Appleton's Butchers We specialise in our fantastic range of local sauced pork and other meats and our fantastic range of products traditionally we are a pork butchers and have been around for 150years selling fantastic products. I can say without a doubt our pork pies are the best in porkshire

Why Should You Win?

We have the friendliest staff around who will go above and beyond to help all our customers. And only ever serving the finest range of products And of course if our pork pies are good enough for prince Charles what else do I have to say


Cavendish Jewellers

Our family business offers over 50 years of experience handling antique and designer jewellery. Our buyers travel the world and use their vast knowledge to acquire the most sought after jewellery with intrinsic character and old-fashioned quality. As specialists in Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian and vintage jewellery we stock an eclectic range of beautiful one off pieces and purchase direct from customers in store. Cavendish Jewellers lies on the historic street of Stonegate in York attracting visitors world wide and our customers travel many miles to view our stock having first been on our website.

Why Should You Win?

Cavendish jewellers is a fascinating Aladin's cave of individual and breathtaking jewellery throughout the ages, almost a museum rather than a shop. Our staff are all highly trained and have many years experience in the industry, having achieved several nationally recognised jewellery qualifications, and yet it is our passion for the product that makes a purchase in store so memorable.



We are a North Yorkshire based printing company that specialises in Printing and Manufacturing Celebrity Face masks. We have over 8000 faces of celebrities and famous people of the world. We are a digital printing company out in the sticks of Kirkbymoorside. We are a team of 4 people our website is www.celebrity-facemasks.com

Why Should You Win?

We send our masks all over the world!! We are a small team of 4 people and can make unto 400,00 face masks per year BY HAND!!! cutting all those cheeky faces everyday. Most of the masks are cut by Sharon Jackson and can get upto speeds of 300 masks per hour (No machine can cut better) So weather you want to be Bruce Lee, Boris Johnson or Kylie Minogue, we can do them all We are onto out 5th year making and producing masks. We have never entered any business awards and are not part of any groups. Maybe its time for my wife to be recognised as a machine!!


Clayfever Ceramic painting studio

We are a ceramic painting studio in Tadcaster. Come along and choose an item to paint with our specialist paints. We will then glaze and fire your item, ready to pick up around a week later. We are happy to organise parties for all age groups from childrens parties to hen parties. We specialise in helping you create memories by taking imprints in clay for babies, dogs and even horses! Our ladies "prosecco and painting " evenings are always booked up well in advanced. We also well a range of scarves and gifts.

Why Should You Win?

Clayfever offers something for everyone from all ages and walks of life. We have regular customers of all ages from 3 to 83 and offer a creative way to spend time in Tadcaster. Ceramic painting is a fantastic way to encourage children to be creative as well as making a gift to treasure forever. Clayfever has helped elderly members of the community as well as young children to enjoy a pastime whilst meeting new people. We recently helped a local primary school to commemorate their 40 yr aniversary by creating a mural of ceramic tiles painted by all the children. I am immensely proud to run a business which has the ability to bring young and old together in such a fun environment. We also have a fantastic, ever changing, window display which lights up the high street! Clayfever brings something modern and exciting to a wonderful traditional yorkshire market town.


Clifton Park Hospital

We are an orthopaedic hospital with 24 beds and look after patient needing various treatments. We all work as a happy team and all enjoy looking after the many patients who come through our doors

Why Should You Win?

Because we are a happy team of people who all strive to make our patients comfortable and at ease when coming for treatments


Costello's Salumeria

Opened in July '17 and New to Malton's latest food producer zone - Navigation Wharf. Costello's Salumeria specialise in British & continental cured meats & salumi coupled with British farmhouse cheeses. Costello's Salumeria dry cure themselves as well as source from carefully selected suppliers around Britain, Italy & Spain. Whole farmhouse cheeses specially selected from small dairy farms producing the country's best artisan cheeses complete the main offering of Yorkshire's newest foodie destination.

Why Should You Win?

We're new! and we'd love for people to discover our new hidden foodie gem tucked away off the beaten track! We're building our range gradually (as fast as it can be cured!!) and we'd love to gain recognition for the huge efforts that everyone at Costello's put in each day the make sure we stay one of the best local food producers in Yorkshire. Vote for us!


Crane Vintage

We are an independent clothing shop specialising in period vintage and vintage-style clothes. From 40s through to the 90s we have attire for all tastes and all occasions. You might be revamping your whole wardrobe or just need an outfit for a party or themed event; either way we will have something for you. Get in touch if you are looking for something particular and we will see if we have it in stock; failing that we can add it to the list for our next buying trip.

Why Should You Win?

We are extremely proud of our little store in the heart of Helmsley. Although the space is small, it is crammed full of vintage and vintage themed items. We are constantly asked where our stock and props originate from and where possible, some items have a story to tell which we pass onto the new owner. Being a small independent store, customer service is paramount and we strive to stock as many diverse items to appeal, open to the public 7 days a week; truly a labour of love for all that is vintage. So the question we are always asked is why are we called Crane Vintage? Firstly, no it is not the founder’s surname and secondy, no the name wasn’t born out of the oriental belief that the Crane bird symbolises longevity and thus we are, in our own small way, increasing the longevity of the clothes we sell by giving them a new life. The simple answer is we purchased a sign believed to be from an old train station in South Wales. But like any good thriller, we leave the ending for you to decide...


Cyclesense Kids

Cyclesense is the U.K distributor for the original and best balance bike; LIKEaBIKE We are also the UK distributer for the award winning Follow-Me tandem attachment . The FollowMe is a clever coupling device that allows you to attach the child's bike to your bike with ease. It is lightweight, high quality and the child will feel more involved while they help you pedal along when attached. The FollowMe has many benefits over the traditional trailer bike, tag-a-long or tow bar, they are much safer, lighter and functional than a bicycle tow bar attachment. The key part of the FollowMe is how you can easily un-hook the child's bike when they want to ride on their own and re-hook when they are tired or when your about to get back on the road.

Why Should You Win?

John Stainthorpe has worked incredibly hard from a young age to develop the only specialist childrens bike store with an emphasis on lightweight , quality products. Cyclesense is a market leader and we were the the very first balance bike reseller in the UK , long before everybody else discovered what a fantastic idea it was!


Dales of Malton

Dales of Malton are a family run green grocers who specialise in wholesale, we supply a massive range of people from York, Scarborough, Whitby, castle Howard, flamingo land and everywhere in between with their fruit and veg daily, from restaurants so farm shops. There only a handful of people who work there, we all start at half four in the morning and pick orders for about 50 different clients daily. We also have a shop all based in Malton and all work extremely hard to provide chefs and retailers high quality fruit and veg.

Why Should You Win?

We all work extremely hard to fullfil our clients needs and Brian Dale who is 70 years old goes to Leeds every morning at 3am to hand pick the fresh produce for the day to ensure every customer is getting the freshest fruit and veg available. We try our hardest to get hold of very specialist produce for anyone who requires them, whether that be a client or just someone popping into the shop.


Derek Fox Butchers

We are a family run butcher and game dealer know for our famous Yorkshire Pot boned out game birds suffed inside side each other (duck. chicken. pheasant. partridge.venison and livers with various stuffings around each bird. We also buy local beef and lamb from Malton market

Why Should You Win?

It would be nice to win something but I see it as this we are all winners who enter.


Doodle Pops Shop Pet Bakery

We are a Pet Bakery that makes homemade dog treats from our kitchen. We are Defra and Trading standards approved. We make anything from our standard treat up to birthday cakes for dogs. The name came from our labradoodle called Poppy who is also the head taste tester.

Why Should You Win?

We should win because there is nothing else like us in this area. We believe that dogs are part of the family and deserve the same values as a member of the family should.



DPG Defenders is a fully equipped Workshop specialising in Land Rover Defenders. DPG Defenders can carry out anything from a basic service to a full blown nut and bolt restoration of your Land Rover Defender. Founded by Dunstan Greenbank, who was brought up in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire and where he has lived all his life apart from a short 24 year stint in the British Army. Dunstan served as a vehicle mechanic within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers where a day didn`t pass without him either turning spanners or carrying out inspections of 4x4 vehicles. He has carried out repairs all over the world, having served in Bosnia, Falkland Islands, Kosovo, Macedonia, Canada, Germany and Afghanistan, mostly in a bombed out building or muddy field. Retiring from the Army in 2010, Dunstan worked for a 4x4 expedition preparation company. Here he achieved magazine featured Land Rover Series restorations on 2 occasions. Anything Defender and we do it!

Why Should You Win?

We have been trading for nearly 3 years now and our feedback from our customers has been 100% Satisfaction as seen on our testimonials page on our website. We strive to not only keep Yorkshire farmers/people on the road but also have customers coming from all around the country for our services.


George Woodall & Sons Ltd.,

Since 1884 we have made Canvas covers, ropes and outdoor stuff : notably, a horse blanket for a south America adventurer : we have also made a sheep overcoat, and less spectacularly a tee-pee for a four year old - then we entertain customers to " cover " their needs - outside and in !!!

Why Should You Win?

We are unique, independent and makers of things, we are a working shop ! We speak to people, we are enthused by our thoughtful clients, their needs are our priority ! Our heritage and vintage makes us a Traditional Proper Place for proper People !! Yours of North Yorkshire 1884 Brand !!


Goodness Vegetable

We are a small organic veg box scheme that has developed over its 7 years of existence! We now have alpacas, organic pork, and chickens to add to the shopping list from our small traditional farm shop! All the veg is lovingly weeded & picked by hand and manured by the animals which make it a very local process!

Why Should You Win?

We strive to provide the local community with fresh wholesome vegetables and support local restaurants in providing York with some taste sensations! We believe we are a small business that would really benefit from the accolade of becoming an award winner with Minster FM!


Hci trading

We are a local business selling new & used furniture, household items and much more. We also have a £1 bargains department. We have a shop based at Pickering and we also have 3 selling sites on Facebook. Hci trading, £1 bargains with Hci and Christmas gifts with Hci. We deliver locally or you can collect from our shop.

Why Should You Win?

We feel we should win because we offer friendly affordable products to one and all with products to suit everybodys budget. We strive to offer quality products at a reasonable price. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we have a very friendly & helpful team.


Holly cottage farm

Traditional cottage industry, handmade, homemade, homegrown/propagated from our plant nursery, pantry kitchen & workshop. We produce a variety of products including curds, jams, marmalades, chutneys & pickles; bird boxes, feeders, tables, planters and other wooden products; plants including perennials and shrubs we also have a gardening and handyman service. We have a small shop and plant nursery in tollerton as well as our award winning trade stand at fairs and shows

Why Should You Win?

We are trying to bring back traditional quality, local at a fair price and we have a great enthusiasm and work ethic for supporting local rural business. The business was set up after redundancy through illness and has gone from strength to strength.


Interiors at Nine to Eleven

We’re specialist Interior Designers working locally & nationally from our luxury showroom situated in the heart of the gorgeous market town Malton. Established for nearly 40 years, with 11 years under the directorship of head Interior Designer Sarah Clark. Our friendly & experienced team provide innovative, imaginative interiors to the domestic & commercial markets. No job is too big or too small. Our showroom is jam packed over three stunning floors with beautiful, bespoke sofas & chairs, furniture, lighting, gifts, home accessories & more. We’ve recently expanded our range to include a decorative kitchenware department.

Why Should You Win?

We are always optimistic in everything we do. Our energy and motivation create a wonderful upbeat environment. We are competent and display pride in our work. We are privileged to be invited into our clients lives and homes and we respect their property and privacy as Interior Design specialists. We are a destination store in the centre of Malton and our knowledge is the key to our sales success. We are passionate about design, striving for individuality constantly.


JLB Driving School

I make learning to drive stress free & fun. I'll always go that extra mile to help wherever I can. My reviews on Facebook kinda speak for themselves. Making driving safe & very enjoyable. Thanks!

Why Should You Win?

I feel that I should win because I'm more than just a driving instructor. I'm a shoulder to cry on, a friend, a voice of reason. Nothing is too much trouble for my pupils. Teaching to drive is only part of my job. I love my job.


Market Cross Jewellers Thirsk

Market Cross Jewellers is situated in the heart of Thirsk market place. We specialise in high quality jewellery at the most reasonable prices. Staff are always on hand to help, whether its for a battery change or a jewellery item to represent a precious moment.

Why Should You Win?

Market Cross jewellers would be honoured to win a listeners choice award. We take pride in our work, and have build a strong report with our customers over our twenty four years of service in Thirsk.


Mecca Bingo

Mecca York is a fully-modernised, thriving bingo club with over 4,500 active members which serves a broad cross-section of the community from students to senior citizens and everyone in between. Mecca Bingo has had a club in York for 16 years and boasts a loyal fan base who use the club as a hub for meeting their friends and family, and rely on the venue for fun, entertainment and companionship. The club is open lunchtimes and evenings seven days a week and on average receives 2,000 visits a week, proving its popularity in the community. Mecca York has a team of 25, many of whom are long-serving employees – senior cashier, Maureen Smith, has just celebrated 26 happy years with the club. Mecca York enjoys excellent feedback from customers who say the staff are ‘incredible’ and the service is ‘brilliant’ with ‘great value food and drink’. The club supports many local charities offering prizes for fund-raising activities and team members regularly volunteer their time. Mecca York occupies a unique place at the heart of the community.

Why Should You Win?

Mecca York occupies a unique place in the heart of the community. It is a well-established bingo club which its 4,500 active members visit regularly to catch up with friends and family. The busy club receives on average 2,000 visits a week proving its popularity. Mecca York is open lunchtimes and evenings seven days a week, many of its regular customers see the club as their hub and the friendly team as an extension of their family. The club offers a place to meet, relax and socialise, enjoy competitively-priced food and drink and play exciting slots and bingo games for big cash prizes. Mecca York offers regular special events including monthly entertainment nights most recently having Mark "The Beast" Labbett form ITV's the chase. They also have themed evenings and special student nights . The club has something for everyone and its welcoming team will make sure you have a fantastic time whenever you choose to visit.


Molly Browns

We are a family-run trio of beautiful boutiques in the heart of York. For nearly a decade, we've specialised in bringing luxury ladies fashion to women and girls of all ages. Whatever the occasion, the perfect Wedding, a day at the races, a glamorous evening out or that all-important school Prom, we house hundreds of breathtaking dresses, outfits and accessories from designers all over the world and love to complete any look! Our 3 beautiful boutiques each offer something unique, from gorgeous Wedding Dresses and elegant Mother Of The Bride Outfits at 21a Stonegate, to dazzlingly stunning Prom and Evening Dresses just two doors down at 27. Our Low Petergate branch houses a wide range of lovely seasonal Day Wear, Jewellery and Accessories, many of which are exclusive to Molly Browns!

Why Should You Win?

We pride ourselves on our customer service and our knowledgeable team love to help our customers piece together and complete their perfect look for their occasion. With a personal service in a relaxed environment, ladies can feel at ease as they are looked after by the Molly Browns team. We are especially proud of our Prom Dress service and our Mother & Daughter Companion Appointments, where the Bride-To-Be can bring Mum along and discover their perfect looks for the Big Day together! We like to think we're the go-to place for ladies across Yorkshire to visit and return home knowing how truly beautiful they are in the ideal outfit for their special occasion.


Nicole Jane Photography

A wedding and portrait photographer working to create adventures with those who seek it, based in North Yorkshire and covering where ever your heart desires.

Why Should You Win?

I (Nicole) have worked over the past 3 years in business to create something that not only provides photographs for clients who need them, but creates an experience, serves a purpose, and I believe I am succeeding in doing just that.



A new online tea business based in York. We sell healthy tea, and also some recipes for teas for that indulgent treat. We're hoping to one day have a retail unit in the city centre, brewing our amazing teas ready to drink, but for now, it's just online!

Why Should You Win?

We should win because we're a new business that really needs to let thew people of York know who we are... and the business has been started working around working part time and studying at York St John University here in the city.


Skinprint Tattoo Studio

I specialise in custom tattoos and artwork, working personally with the customer until they are happy with their design.

Why Should You Win?

I opened my business a year ago on the 14th September, working for myself and building it up from nothing all on my own. I rent a room inside Pauline's hair stylists on Beckfield Lane and have built up a clientele for people who prefer a friendlier, helpful tattoo artist who doesn't rush customers and works with them to get exactly what they want. I worked hard while training as an unpaid apprentice to achieve my goal of running my own tattoo business and I'm very proud of how much I have built it up in a year, especially when I read my lovely reviews on my Facebook page! The business of tattooing is a lot more challenging than people think, but it's also more rewarding than I ever imagined, seeing my artwork on people and making them happy with it is the best feeling!


That Fudge Guy

Roy is an artisan confectioner, continuing in the long tradition that saw York recognised as one of the country's foremost centres of confectionery. He makes fudge - easily the biggest range of varieties of genuine hand made fudge in the region in fact. For the past two years he has been making it in the traditional way in his little kitchen in York on Mondays and Tuesdays and selling it from a prominent and increasingly busy stall - right opposite the butchers - on the city's resurgent Shambles Market every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, before starting the whole process again, ensuring his products are always fresh. His market stall always carries a vast array of ready-to-go boxes of single flavours and assortments which are popular with visitors and locals alike but what really attracts the crowds is his impressive pick-and-mix counter boasting more than twenty different types of fudge to taste and choose. When he set out he had all kinds of fancy branding ideas for his enterprise but found he was commonly called "that fudge guy" and well, the name stuck...

Why Should You Win?

Roy's mission is to put a little sweetness into the life of York's residents and visitors from all over the world. And to help the market he trades from become an increasingly attractive destination for tourists. He has served his fine fudges to people from over fifty different countries and sees his prominent position - at exactly the spot where tourists seeking the Shambles start to lose the bearings - as a real privilege and an ideal opportunity to be an ambassador for his city and engage with people, offering advice, guidance, information and recommendations - as well as free maps and other literature to help them make the most of their time in York. A former small business advisor and experienced town and city centre manager before turning to the wonderful world of confectionery, Roy remains passionate about retail markets and the crucial role they can have in making a place exciting and unique. Today he uses his That Fudge Guy enterprise to not only sell his sweet treats but also as a platform to positively promote his market and his fellow traders through a range of initiatives for which he has just won a rare Special Recognition Award by the National Association of British Market Authorities. An active member of the new Indie York business association, of the city's fledgling Guild of Entrepreneurs and of the National Market Traders Association, Roy is energetically contributing in many ways to the promotion of York's lively independent business sector. Oh. and his fudge is brilliant.


Spear Travels


The team at Spear Travels in Northallerton (Lynne, Susan, Karen, Melanie and Kerry) share a combined 100 years’ experience in the travel industry and are proud to have supported the town of Northallerton for the past 11 years following the acquisition of Fordy Travel.  Discreetly located in Barkers Parade and close to the town’s main car park, Spear Travels offers a much wider choice of travel and holiday products than other local travel retailers and specialises in travel to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Spear Travels in Northallerton is also recognised as one of Yorkshires premier Cruise booking agencies working with leading lines P&O, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard and Royal Caribbean.   As a truly independent retailer we are not directed by head office to only promote and sell holidays that generate the greatest financial return for the business – we work closely with our customers to perfectly match their requirements and budget to the product that best suits their requirement.  We work with over 300 UK Tour Operators – considerably more than the national high street chains (who primarily will only sell their in-house brands) – and our friendly staff are well trained, well-travelled and well known in the local community and are always prepared to go the extra mile for our customers.

Why Should You Win?

Spear Travels in Northallerton is a true community retailer.  We support and sponsor our local community centre ‘The Forum’, where we operated a ‘pop up’ stand in the foyer when Michael Portillo held his ‘An evening with’ show.   We also support and work closely with Wensleydale Railway Association Limited.   The planning and booking of holidays and travel arrangements can be extremely complex and very stressful – which is where the highly knowledgeable and experienced team at Spear Travels in Northallerton come in.  Nothing is too much trouble for us when booking holidays and travel and if you haven’t sampled our welcome and service yet, then what’s stopping you?  The kettle is always on!   Spear Travels has won several national British Travel Awards for ‘Best Customer Service’ – the only travel retailer to win this prestigious award 3 years running, and we would love to be recognised for our continued help, advice and support for the lovely folk in and around Northallerton.



The Fish Shop

located in the new staynor hall area of selby, we operate a small home grown business known as THE FISH SHOP (not a takeaway Ben!), a small licensed tropical fish retailer located at willow gardens. We stock the best quality imported tropical fish from our suppliers and have access to over 500 different species of fish from Africa, American and other regions of the world at stunning prices. Join the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447889312184291/ to find out more.

Why Should You Win?

From an idea inspired by my mother in law, we built a small business which is run from home. The business is hopefully a future for our two little boys Adam and Luke. It may not be much and it may be a little acorn but we are constantly growing and reaching out to various areas of yorkshire and the Humber area. The whole idea started from a 25 litre fish tank, purchased by my wife for our first son, Adam, as a Christmas present too. Why should we win? We think it's because we aim to treat every customer as an individual, discus their needs and make sure they get the benefit of our experiences.


The Music Rooms - Selby

‘Whilst Jack is jamming on drums, his sister Ellie is working on her grade 2 piano pieces and mum is enjoying half an hour peace with a freshly ground coffee…’ Established in June 2015, The Music Rooms – Selby was Sarah’s dream to set up a music school after 14 years of working as a private woodwind teacher and repairer from her home. 2 years on, after turning a derelict building in the Old Shipyard into a purpose-built facility, The Music Rooms – Selby has 13 teachers and over 150 students, offering music tuition, instrument repairs, rehearsal space and a music shop, all under one roof. We offer tuition in piano, singing, guitars, ukulele, banjo, woodwind, brass, drums, singing, and even harp! Whether beginner or advanced, young or 'wish you'd learned when you were young!', we can help you reach your musical goals! Our band room is often used by local bands to hone their musical talents, and our music studios which are available to hire, are home to various local businesses including pre-school music, movement and art groups, a professional dance school, and salsa & burlesque dance companies. Whatever your musical requirements, I am sure we will be able to help!

Why Should You Win?

“First drum lesson and my 11-year-old loved it! He can’t wait for the next one and hasn’t stopped practicing since! #happy boy #happy mum and dad – thank you” Music is fun! And learning an instrument also helps reduce stress, develops cognitive learning – so makes you smarter! It improves your social life by connecting with others, helps build confidence, teaches patience, improves memory, develops discipline and fosters creativity and a sense of achievement. The squeeze on resources for arts in schools will inevitably have a huge impact on our future generation. As a passionate musician, I want to encourage as many people as possible – children and adults - to be involved in music because I believe in the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. I believe that The Music Rooms – Selby provides a unique environment to help facilitate this which is both convenient for busy families and is a fun place to learn in. Learning an instrument for pleasure is immeasurable, but the outstanding work the teachers do is also evident in our exam results with 100% pass rate in over 120 exams across ABRSM, Trinity, LCM and RSL exam boards –an amazing achievement in such a short time!


Thimbelina of York

Here at Thimbelina of York, we aim to make your dress dreams come true.. As a dress makers, alterations, and remodelling specialists we pride ourselves on all designs, styles and fabrics. We design to suit the needs of everyone whatever their needs and wishes. 30 years in the making, the business is long standing with a highly professional approach to their work with Sarah, owner and her team always striving to deliver a warming welcome and an excellent standard of work.. Our Thimbelina team are here to cover all designs and alterations from daywear to prom dresses and wedding dresses. We are also experienced in helping customers with unique requirements. We have a large Cliental who trust us and are comfortable to share with us and we design together to make just what they need.

Why Should You Win?

We know that it's hard to find that perfect dress, outfit or that tailored suit, that's what we are here for! We are honoured to have worked with some beautiful dresses and sophisticated suits, new and vintage. We are so proud to say we have put the biggest smiles on faces and our lovely customers leave with love in their hearts having been able to have just want they wanted . Thimbelina's biggest wish is for you to celebrate our 30th anniversary with us this year by voting for us to win the listeners choice awards.. We will be expanding the business into the new year and we are very excited to share this with you all as we enter into 2018..


Wainwright Bathrooms

Wainwright Bathrooms was established by Simon Wainwright in 1987 and is the area’s exclusive stockist of the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection. Our bathroom department is supported by over 25 years’ experience with our staff renowned for their product knowledge and willingness to help and our service is based on trust, reputation and quality. Our inspiring showroom, based in Easingwold, displays a wide range of bathroom suites, wet rooms and stunning bathroom accessories with styles ranging from traditional to modern and contemporary. We also feature an extensive range of radiators, mirrors and mirrored cabinets. All the displays have been thoughtfully and creatively designed and are supported by our state-of-the-art bathroom design system which produces 3D images of your options. Our expert bathroom design team will guide you through the many options and, using the 3D image, explain how you choice will enhance your home taking it from a computer screen image to reality using our team of experienced and proven fitters.

Why Should You Win?

We believe Wainwright Bathrooms should win the award as Best Specialist Retailer because we deliver a uniquely personal service in an increasingly hectic world . Our friendly and helpful staff personally greet every customer and our busy counter becomes a place where solutions are found to all kinds of bathroom problems. Our highly skilled staff use state-of-the-art 3D computer programmes to help create the bathroom of your dreams but the personal touch remains key to our business and making time for customers of all ages is paramount. Wainwright Bathrooms has for over 25 years been built on trust, reputation and quality and these are non-negotiable foundations and why we believe we have so many loyal customers and why we are able to keep expanding the business without losing the fundamental reasons why we have been successful.


Wainwright Lighting

Wainwright Lighting was established by Simon Wainwright in 1987 and has become one of the largest suppliers of lighting materials in the region and our range of options are second to none. Our lighting department is supported with over 25 years’ experience and we supply both professional tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts with the busy counter the hub of our business. Our sales team are renowned for their product knowledge and willingness to help. Wainwright Lighting is built on trust, reputation and quality and our extensive range of both lighting and bulbs offers customers plenty of ideas and solutions to problems and we also supply security lighting. We also specialise in festive lighting with our Christmas displays the talk of the area, featuring our extensive range of lighting for inside and outside the home.

Why Should You Win?

We believe Wainwright Lighting should win the award as Best Specialist Retailer because we deliver a uniquely personal service. Our friendly and helpful staff personally greet every customer and our busy counter becomes a place where solutions are found to all kinds of lighting problems. In an increasingly hectic world, the personal touch remains key to our business and making time for customers of all ages is paramount for Wainwright Lighting which has for over 25 years been built on trust, reputation and quality. These are non-negotiable foundations and why we believe we have so many loyal customers and why we are able to keep expanding the business without losing the fundamental reasons why we have been successful. We are proud of our relationship with the local community which is particularly strong at Christmas when we erect a large tree covered in our lights alongside our Easingwold shop and we also dress St Peter’s School in York and local businesses to add sparkle to Easingwold’s festive celebrations.



Wainwright-ETC was established by Simon Wainwright in 1987 and has 25 years’ experience within its renowned electrical trade centre which supplies both professional tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts with materials required for the plumbing and electrical trade. Our busy counter continues to be the hub of our business which is based on trust, reputation and quality. Our sales team are known throughout the business for their product knowledge and willingness to help and come up with solutions for every problem. We believe our extensive range of products and supplies is second to none making Wainwright-ETC a market leader, delivering a professional service with a personal touch.

Why Should You Win?

We believe Wainwright-ETC should win the award as Best Specialist Retailer because we deliver a uniquely personal service for the electrical and plumbing trade. Our friendly and helpful staff personally greet every customer and our busy counter becomes a place where solutions are found to all kinds of electrical and plumbing problems. In an increasingly hectic world, the personal touch remains key to our business and making time for each customer is paramount for Wainwright-ETC which has for over 25 years been built on trust, reputation and quality. These are non-negotiable foundations and why we believe we have so many loyal customers, of all ages, and why we are able to keep expanding the business without losing the fundamental reasons why we have been successful.


Where bluebirds fly

Where Bluebirds fly is an online retailer based in York launched with the help of the princes trust. We specialise in sending out wrapped and personalised gift packages aswell as personalised and handmade gifts directly to your loved ones. We also offer a range or care packages (or build your own!) That you can send when someone you love needs a little pick me up and a big smile in the post

Why Should You Win?

We are really passionate about what we do and are able to offer a really personalised service from free of charge gift wrapping and giftnotes, and custom gift design service to select your own dispach date! We really care about making people happy and being able to offer gifts presented in a way to really brighten someones day, we also have your back when you need to send a wrapped present to a loved one asap (we know how easy it is to forget an important date when you are busy!)


Wolds Furniture Company

With over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry Wolds Furniture Company are an established manufacturer and retailer of top quality pine and oak furniture. Offering an extensive range of furniture and character pieces such as free standing dressers, larder units and island units, they also manufacture hand-made traditional kitchens to suit customers specific requirements. Wolds Furniture offer a number of different styles and finishes and are happy to work closely with customers to achieve exactly what they are looking for.

Why Should You Win?

Wolds Furniture are a local business excelling in furniture manufacture and sales. With high quality products and excellent customer service, Wolds Furniture’s showroom is a delight for those in search of beautiful homewares and furniture. They also specialise in bespoke items and appreciate that it is not always possible to find exactly what you are looking for and offer a made to measure service to accommodate clients’ needs. Wolds Furniture can offer as little or as much guidance as required and because they manufacture here in the UK they can offer a friendly open-house policy whereby customers are always welcome to visit and discuss requirements or even see their furniture during construction. Wolds Furniture are a top quality retailer excelling in their market and deserve to be named ‘Best Specialist Retailer’


Young Discoverers Nursery

We are a 51-place day nursery which opened in May 2009 caring for children from 3 months to 4 years of age. We also provide wrap around care for school age children at 3 local primary schools. We have a team of 24 qualified and dedicated staff and due to demand, we run a staffing agency the" Helping Hub" where we loan out staff to local settings. We operate 5 days a week Monday to Friday from 7.30 am until 6.15 pm 52 weeks a year, only closing for bank holidays providing a sustainable service for all our families We are located just off the A19 between York and Selby and care for children from the surrounding villages, York but also Doncaster and Otley. We provide home cooked meals cooked fresh on the premises and cater for a range of specific dietary requirements all as part of the service, nappies wipes and creams are included too. We offer a" Parent Night Off" gourmet take out meal service, each month, in association with No8 restaurant in York , we offer first aid for parents each year and every parent receives a goody bag when they leave their child on their first day.

Why Should You Win?

We pride ourselves on being a small family friendly nursery where every child is a unique little person. We dedicate time to settle each little tot and their parents into nursery life. We respect and value our families and our relationship begins as soon as a prospective parent knocks on the door without an appointment to see nursery life. Our home visits have been in place ever since we opened and is a valuable service which supports the transition from home to nursery, there are no settings locally which offer this service. Our parents and grandparents join us in nursery life, bauble hunting in the woods at Christmas, super hero sports events in the summer and afternoon tea just because they can. All our parents know that we are there for them at any time. We give advice sessions for poor sleepers, tantrums, weaning, and general home life or financial worries. We attend appeal meetings with parents, visit schools each July, and source specialist support when required. We drive around local villages at the end of the day reuniting children with bedtime comforters and medicines and provide babysitting to allow parents to have a night off. We are more than a nursery we are a little community

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