JUDGES have completed the tough task of deciding finalists for the 2022 Love Northallerton Business Awards.

An independent panel reviewed dozens of nominations for town-centre businesses and were particularly impressed by their strength and quality.

This is the second time Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID) has hosted the awards and the winners will be announced at a gala black-tie awards dinner to be held at the Golden Lion Hotel on Saturday 30 April, compered by Elly Fiorentini, Communities Senior Journalist at BBC Radio York.

“We’d particularly like to thank all the businesses who have supported the Love Northallerton awards and also our independent judging panel,” says Northallerton BID Manager Graham Bell.

“We had to stage our inaugural 2020 awards virtually because of lockdown restrictions so it will be good to honour this year’s winners in the traditional way with our gala dinner on 30 April.”

The finalists are: Professional Service Business of the Year Sponsored by Barkers Finalists Alexander Optometrists Nick & Gordon Carver Estate Agents Colin Hutson Accounting North Riding Financial Services Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Colin Hutson Accounting Finalists Dolcie Ice Cream Emporium Earth Unwrapped Maxwells of Northallerton Large Business of the Year Sponsored by Hubspoke Marketing Finalists Barkers Card Factory Royal Mail Health, Hair & Beauty Business of the Year Sponsored by Mitchells Newsagents Finalists Francesca’s Beauty and Aesthetics Hair & Beauty Secrets Scyzory Sonny Playforth Hairdressing Food & Drink Business of the Year Sponsored by Emmerson Marketing Finalists 1Twenty7 Nag's Head The Standard Best Customer Service Sponsored by Herriot Country Tourism Group Finalists Alexander Optometrists Darlington Building Society Hair & Beauty Secrets The Works Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by C4Di Finalists Anya Hudson-Stockdale (Sonny Playforth Hairdressing) Harvey Playforth (Sonny Playforth Hairdressing) Kyra Dodsworth (Hair & Beauty Secrets) Nicole Harker (Scyzory) Employee of the Year Sponsored by Hambleton District Council Finalists Katy Anderson (Northallerton Glass) Madison Kitchen (Alexander Optometrists) Patricia Shore (Beau Cocoa) Employer of the Year Sponsored by University of Sunderland Finalists Colin Hutson Accounting Place, Blair & Hatch Scyzory Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Walker Foster Solicitors Finalists Jacqui Fedyszyn (Scyzory) Julie Hutson (Colin Hutson Accounting) Sonny Playforth (Sonny Playforth Hairdressing) Community Spirit Award Sponsored by Northallerton Town Council Finalists Carmel Carrick Les Lowther Michelle Higgins The Forum Tickets for the event (£30 each for BID members and £40 each for non-BID members) are now on sale. You can also book a table for eight ,cost £240 inc. VAT, by contacting BID Co-ordinator Helen Crannage: helen.crannage@lovenorthallerton.com