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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open in the first round of the Inspirational Business 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

Energi Trampoline Park York

Imagine how much fun you, your family and friends can have together in Energi Trampoline Park York, a gigantic indoor arena filled wall to wall with trampolines! Jump your way right across the park; launch into foam pits; showboat on the basketball hoops, join in a dodgeball game, push yourself on the Cardio Wall, or challenge a friend on the timed assault course! Be the envy of your class with an Energi birthday party, make the most of the discounted family sessions and Boost meal deal sessions as well as the sessions for children with additional needs and our popular toddler sessions. On Friday Nights starting at 6pm, Energi Trampoline Park is transformed into a haven for youngsters with Junior & Teen Beats 2 hour Discos. Alternatively, chill out and unwind in Energi’s Refuel Café on our mezzanine floor providing an excellent vantage point of the arena whilst you enjoy a selection of drinks and homemade hot and cold food. Energi Trampoline Park York is open Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am – 9pm / Tues 10am – 8pm / Friday 10am – 10pm / Sat 9am – 9pm / Sun 10am – 8pm. Pre-book your session now on www.energiyork.com Contact us on 01904 360500 or info@energiyork.com

Why Should You Win?

Energi Trampoline Park York was the concept of two lifelong York residents who always felt York needed a unique leisure facility so in April 2016 we opened Energi Trampoline Park. Since opening over 14 months ago we have welcomed over 150k visitors through our doors, granted a percentage of this is local residents but this also includes visitors from up and down the country. We provide employment for over 70 individuals in a variety of roles and are we continuously enhancing their development through training and on the job qualifications. Since opening we have successfully implemented and maintained a range of bespoke sessions to accommodate customer needs such as our Autism Friendly Sessions, which have received recognition throughout the industry and media. We have also attracted an unprecedented number of Birthday Parties as well as School/University Groups, Cubs/Brownies/Scout/Guide Groups, International Students and a variety of Corporate Away Days. We also pride ourselves on our reviews on social media and not just as a “pat on the back” but a tool to develop and grow the business moving forward. Our ultimate goal throughout this whole journey was to provide a clean, safe venue that promotes Health & Well-Being across all ages and at the same time produces ear to ear smiles!!


Fleetways Taxis

Fleetway's Taxis is a Private Hire Shareholder Company, owned by a mixture of thirty-seven local, young and not-so-young, male and female drivers. Founded in 1947 by a group of retired gentlemen, Fleetway's is one of York's oldest professional Private Hire Taxi service and is available to you 24/7/365. Our courteous and friendly office staff are on hand to guide you through your telephone booking (019043 65365) or you can book via the Fleetway's APP, website or email. We are a Dementia Friendly service, taking special care of you and your loved ones throughout your journey with us. On our 80 car Fleet, we have eight Wheelchair Vehicles with specially trained drivers at your disposal. Our multi-seater vehicles, carrying up to eight people, help you to cut down your costs when you all venture out together. For your convenience, cash or card payment is available in all of our vehicles. Pensioners, students and NHS staff get 10% off all metered journeys. We offer fixed-price reduced rates for airport runs. Wedding and Executive cars are available at competitive prices. Fleetway’s offers study support to local people interested in becoming Private Hire drivers, alongside three months free subs when they start to work with us.

Why Should You Win?

One of York's oldest Private Hire Companies, Fleetway's Taxis, is proud to have been supporting the community for 70 years with a range of York City Licensed vehicles, now including wheelchair cars, multi-seaters, executive and hybrid cars. Working closely with The Dementia Society, we have two Dementia Champions on our team who train our drivers in the awareness and care of these vulnerable passengers. Leading the field, our Dementia Friendly drivers safeguard our customers with 100% satisfaction and proven safe delivery of all our wards. Our Low or High Car request facility is there to help those that struggle to get in and out of cars, allowing our customers to select a more individually suitable vehicle, while our Female Driver request is utilised by many, including young children, the elderly and lone women. We offer reduced subs to electric or hybrid car drivers to encourage a cleaner York, and are expanding our Wheelchair Fleet to enable unconstrained access to these vehicles. Fleetway's is a local business, owned by local people, taking care of local people, with a specialist focus on the most vulnerable in our community, enabling them to fully participate in society where they may otherwise become isolated.


Golden Paws

We have a two acre grass secure fenced dog walking Paddock , with double gated entry , for sole hire, floodlit for winter nights, open 9.00 am till 8.00pm seven days a week, with fresh water and fun agility for your dog and a ground coffee and snack cabin for the owners

Why Should You Win?

There isn't another paddock like this for dogs in the york area who need space for training , not good on recall or just need to be alone. Only established in February this year, which took six months to plan and build



I'm Dr Aaron Brown, a GP In York. During my training I saw an area where the NHS was just overstretched and patients were suffering. This was with blocked ears. Earwax problems are so common but the NHS has bigger fish to fry with important cancer treatments that earwax doesn't get a big piece of the budget. I therefore set my mind to designing a system that could be used in an office / GP room which was the same technique but cheaper by using innovative equipment. I got a working system going and patients love it. I provide the service out of Stonegate Medical Clinic but been trying to get the system into the NHS to improve patient care and reduce costs for the NHS so they can use the saving in other areas such as important cancer treatments. I submitted my KlearEars project to NHS England and, after heavy scrutinizing (felt like Dragons Den!) they have appointed me to the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme starting in August this year.

Why Should You Win?

I have not had the easiest time with my own health as I have Cystic Fibrosis which is an incurable genetic condition affecting the lungs and digestive system. When I was born I was given the life expectancy of 30 and I passed that 2 years ago. To landmark my 30th I asked for no presents or cards but people to donate to the CF Trust and we raised over £2000. I've never let it stand in my way but used it as a driver to achieve. I was the first person ever with CF to become a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I have therefore always felt indebted to our amazing NHS and wanted to give back to it as it has helped me so greatly. That's why I became a doctor and that is why I set up KlearEars to improve the service for patients and save money for the NHS as it is sorely needed now more than ever.


Love Pocklington

Love Pocklington works to boost the economy of Pocklington by encouraging residents to use their local shops and services, whilst also attracting visitors from across Yorkshire and beyond. As a business and marketing hub, Love Pocklington has already united local businesses through the scheme who want to help the town grow. For residents, the Loyalty Card scheme gives them access to exclusive local deals - encouraging them to shop local.

Why Should You Win?

Love Pocklington has developed a long term strategy with a model that's never been attempted before, causing a huge buzz in the area by putting Pocklington and it's businesses back on the map. It's commercially driven and being spearheaded by a local marketing firm which is putting all profits made by the scheme back in to a marketing budget for the benefit of the town. Funds from this are even being made available for events put on by Pocklington Town Council. The people behind Love Pocklington are passionate about helping the area thrive.


Malton CIC

Malton CIC is a not for profit organisation working with and for the community to promote Malton as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ and improve community spirit. As well as the annual Food Lovers Festival in May, the CIC organises weekly traditional Saturday markets, monthly food markets on the second Saturday of each month from March to December and the annual ‘Harvest Food Festival’ in September. The CIC own and operate a number of car parks in Malton town centre offering two hours free parking to boost the local economy. The CIC organises and subsidises the ‘Malton in Bloom’ project and also supports a great number of local groups and charities with donations. The CIC offers practical help to organisations wishing to run events in Malton by hosting events on our land, helping with PR and providing power supplies, etc. In the past 12 months the CIC launched the phenomenally successful ‘Made in Malton food tours’, which run several times a month and the equally successful ‘Street Food Sunday’ events across the summer months, stimulating Sunday trade in the town with a family friendly al-fresco dining experience.

Why Should You Win?

Nine years ago Malton was much like many other small market towns, it was suffering from a terminal decline in local business as shopping moved online and to large out of town shopping complexes. Given that Malton sits in a rural area with farming and food production at its historical heart, Tom Naylor Leyland decided to concentrate on food production as a USP for Malton. Through his family estate of buildings in town Tom decided to create opportunities for artisan food producers to help them step up from home kitchens into purpose built production units and shops. A food festival was launched quickly followed by monthly food markets. Celebrity chefs supported the initiative and in fact it was Antonio Carluccio who decided to call Malton ‘Yorkshire's Food Capital’. This inspirational slogan is now a tangible reality with a marked increase in food businesses opening here in recent years. The success of the local food industry has also stimulated success for non-food and service businesses, as a result, Malton’s economy is once again healthy and perhaps more importantly sustainable. The annual ‘Food Lovers Festival’ attracts 30,000 people and that one event alone generates an estimated £500,000 for the local economy.


RMB hot tub hire

We hire out inflatable hot tubs with lots of added extras to make your party extra special and the one to remember, we add all the little extras to really glam up the hot tub, we theme it to your every need!

Why Should You Win?

What started as a small business to get a mum of two boys back to work after a really rough time with my second child , Leo was born with Down syndrome and didn't have the best time from 5 months old, I couldn't return back to my other business of ten years. So I decided this was for me and I can work it around my babies. Love what I do and I do it all for my family. People who hire from me always have nothing but good words to say what I do about making their party special. Love all my customers and have become friends with so many!


Selby swans gymnastic academy

This is a non profit gymnastic club Run by volunteers Started a year ago with a trail of 60 kids now runs two nights a week at brayton high . Theh never stop We have now over 120 gymnast .with a massive waiting list .

Why Should You Win?

The team are always fundraising to help provide equipment to help the gymnast learn new skills at diffent levels . At the moment they are trying to find premise that will suit them so we can open 4 nights a week hopefully taking chunk out of the large 1032 waiting list . This is a team , or a family all the kids count . Every child is a star , we just have to find what makes them shine .


Springfield Healthcare

The Chocolate Works Care Village is housed in the former headquarters of Terry’s of York chocolate factory in York.  82 care suites and 8 luxury apartments surround a spectacular double height atrium complete with café, shops, gym and spa - it even has its own pub, The Duke of York! Offering residential, nursing and dementia care alongside respite and daycare from a highly skilled team of experienced nurses and carers, The Chocolate Works Care Village offers the opportunity for residents to relax, socialise and thrive. There are varied dining opportunities with changing daily menus designed to be delicious, appealing and nutritionally balanced. Dine alone, with friends, or even invite your relatives to dine with you. We also offer a wide range of activities from painting and singing to trips out and visits from local school children. Our unique location gives us the space and atmosphere to provide every single resident with the bespoke support that they need and to live as independently as possible and with dignity.

Why Should You Win?

This landmark Grade II listed building has been given a new lease of life through the extraordinary vision of Springfield Healthcare CEO Graeme Lee and an extensive team of architects (Norr), builders (Simpsons of York) and restoration specialists. The £10M restoration of the practically derelict site has delivered a superb Care Village for the citizens of York and the surrounding area as well as providing over 100 new jobs and training opportunities for young people. The building places the elderly generation at the front of the development in contrast to traditional further back sites. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said when he opened the Chocolate Works Care Village in June 2017 “The health of any society is measured by how we care for our most vulnerable people. What I have seen here demonstrates that our society has the potential for the wellbeing and flourishing of all older people. This care home is a beacon of hope for all those who are getting older and a re-assurance for their families.”

Spears Travels

The team at Spear Travels in Helmsley (Sam, Judith, Stacey and Ruth) are passionate people – passionate about Helmsley. Located in Market Place, Spear Travels offers the folk of Helmsley and surrounding areas a wealth of travel industry experience and knowledge when planning their holiday and travel arrangements. 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.

Who Should You Win?

Spear Travels in Helmsley is a true community retailer and support numerous local initiatives including our annual participation and attendance at the Ryedale Show with the fun-filled Spear Travels marquee tent where customers, old and new, can meet the staff along with the company directors and participate in our free to enter holiday competition to win a £200 voucher towards a forthcoming holiday.  In addition to hosting our annual travel show at The Feathers Hotel, we have recently invited local school children in to the branch to learn about being a travel agent (which we hope will help them with geography lessons back in class).  Ruth recently participated in a Travel Trade Crusade across 3 European countries wearing fancy dress whilst raising much needed funds for cancer charities.  Spear Travels nationally raised over £4,000 thanks to the generosity of our customers.  We regularly host travel events where customers can ‘meet the Operators’ and talk about their personal holiday plans – which we hope will provide the inspiration often needed to try something different.    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 Helmsley.


Total Sports

Total Sports teach children of Primary school age PE, Sport and active lifestyles in schools, during holiday clubs and evenings and weekends. Our aim is simply to "bring out the best in children through sport and activity". We've been running for ten years and love being a part of our local community. We are York born and bred. We always give it our best. Always put children first in everything we do and are passionate about education mixed with fun. Please vote for us if we have made a difference to your children. Thank you. Ollie Holliday

Why Should You Win?

Our team have always been fully dedicated to your children's needs first. We believe passionately that your children are ace! They deserve the best we can give them and our team work really hard and with dedication every day. We hope you feel this has shown over the years. Ten years of dedication, education and bringing out the best in your children is what we have aimed for. It would be great if our dedicated team won this recognition. Thank you!




Tadcrafters support a range of charities and worthy causes whilst promoting craft skills. We have been involved in lots of projects that have helped local people and many other communities too.

We are probably best known for decorating Tadcaster with bunting for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017, but over the last year we have made and given away lots of other things, mostly re-using and recycling donated fabric and knitting yarn which might otherwise have gone to waste. We make twiddlemuffs for people with dementia, and supported the York Hospital Dementia Appeal, we have knitted clothing for premature babies for Leeds and York Hospitals, as well as for Syrian refugees in Greece and projects in Gambia. We sew personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice and York Hospital and support Days for Girls by making feminine hygiene kits so that girls in developing countries can attend school. We are in the process of contributing about 5000 knitted poppies to support the WW1 centenary commemorations at Selby Abbey next year and we have collected nearly 900 “gently worn” bras for “Smalls for All”. 

Why should you win?

Tadcrafters take unwanted items and turn them into something useful using skills in the community that are often undervalued. This reduces waste, builds self-esteem and makes a real difference to people’s lives.

All our members are volunteers who benefit from learning and sharing new skills whilst also seeing the positive difference they can make to the world around them.

The things we have made have made such positive differences to the lives of many people but our volunteers are also benefitting.  Most just want to “make a difference” but many also find that supporting Tadcrafters helps them tackle loneliness, anxiety or depression by being in a social network and learning new skills.

Over the last year we have made many links with different organisations allowing us to share information and identify services which could be useful to members of the community. Many worthy causes have benefitted from our work and we have raised awareness and empathy for many issues locally and worldwide.



WorkwithYork (City of York Trading Limited)

Recruitment specialist WorkwithYork provides a vital lifeline to businesses and schools supplying them with high quality and reliable staff. Its service to schools has never been more important with current challenges around permanent teacher retention. The firm’s specialist education division –WorkwithSchools- ensures schools are kept supplied with teachers and support staff so they can maintain high standards of education to students. WorkwithYork is also one of York’s biggest employers generating jobs for more than 900 people. Unlike many other agencies it engages its temporary staff directly and administers their income tax, NI and holiday pay. It holds a unique annual award ceremony to recognise excellence in its temporary staff and it also provides additional benefits in the form of staff discounts in York’s shops and restaurants. It means WorkwithYork can respond fast to a customers’ staffing crisis while also providing long term solutions to help businesses achieve their goals. Here’s what their school clients say about their service: “Your team make my job and my day so much better. A continued relationship means you quickly know what I want..I no longer dread mornings as you take the stress on yourselves and, like mind readers, give me exactly the right people.”

Why Should You Win?

We believe WorkwithYork deserves to win this award because: We are improving the quality of life of hundreds of people in York by providing a gateway to employment. We are a successful business generating hundreds of thousands of pounds of profits which go directly to the City of York Council to the benefit of everyone in the York area. We genuinely care about our staff and our customers and go the extra mile to help them. We provide vital support services to local schools and businesses helping them to be successful.


York Tuition Centres

At York Tuition Centres we have a whole new approach to out-of-school tuition. Our main focus is on boosting the confidence of children and developing a love of learning. Our students are 'learners today and leaders tomorrow.'

Why Should You Win?

We have made a difference to dozens of York children. Turning reticent and struggling learners into keen, enthusiastic and independent individuals who succeed at school.


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