Winners revealed at the Yorkshire Business Masters 2020

At the 10th annual Yorkshire Business Masters Awards and in a ceremony like no other, the Class of 2020 were crowned this evening at a virtual event hosted by’s joint managing director Alex Turner.

This year’s Ambassador of the Year Award went to Lesley Wild, the former chairst of Bettys and Taylors who recently retired after over 40 years at the company.

Alex Turner said: “We’d like to thank the Yorkshire businesses for the support we’ve received since March. What we’ve noticed is a real sense of community and we’re sure that will continue when we see you face to face in 2021.”
Lesley was unable to be present to accept her award, but Clare Morrow, chairman of the board at the business, spoke on her behalf.

She said: “Lesley has left an absolutely fantastic legacy. She’s done this both to delight customers and to honour the vision of her uncle in law Frederick Belmont who started the business 100 years ago.

“We’ve really witnessed how much people love Bettys and Taylors both in our centenary yewar which was last year but also more recently during Covid.

“When we had to close our cafe tea rooms people came and took away their afternoon tea. When we had to close the shops, people responded by shopping online much more than they had before.

“When we reopened customers have come flocking back and they’ve really been supportive.

“I guess the business that Lesley has helped create and develop has been a reassuring presence for people during these difficult times.

“In the last 10 years Lesley became chair of the business. And during that 10 years our turnover trebled, profit doubled and Yorkshire Tea celebrated its 40th birthday by becoming the number one tea brand in the UK.”

The charity partner for tonight’s awards was Sue Ryder Manorlands, if you would like to support their work and make a donation to them, simply click here.

2020 Yorkshire Business Masters – Winners and shortlisted companies


Winner:Simply Video

Crescent Virtual Assistant
Lifestyle Flooring UK
Meteoric Marketing
Slanted Theory


Innovation – Sponsored by In the Circle


Winner: Polypipe

Essential Healthcare Solutions
O&3 The Oil Family
S2S Group


International Trade

Winner: Maximise

m2r Education
Saville Group
Sound Leisure


Investment – Sponsored by Sheffield City Region



Winner: Sheffield Forgemasters

Channel 4 & Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
Daval Furniture
Sevenhills Fabrication


Contributing to the Community – in association with the charity partner,Sue Ryder – Manorlands Hospice

Winner: Shine

The Works Recruitment


Professional services

Winner: Whitecap Consulting

Ramsdens Solicitors
Squire Patton Boggs


Property Business – Sponsored by Together


Winner: Harworth Group

Muse Developments
Touchstone Education


Family Business – Sponsored by Lupton Fawcett



Winner: Sevenhills Fabrication

Banwait Group
O&3 The Oil Family
Speed Quizzing
Tudor International Freight


Small Business (up to 50 employees)

Winner: The Data Shed

OTTY Sleep
The Technology Group
Yorkshire Payments


Medium Business (51 to 250 employees) -Sponsored by Test-D

Winner: Crisp

Harworth Group


Large Business (251+ employees) – Sponsored by



Winner: Sheffield Forgemasters

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG)


Fast Growth Business – Sponsored by BoxPhish

Winner: Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG)

Banwait Group
Sevenhills Fabrication
The Data Shed