Award category: Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (turnover under £750,000) and Unsung Hero of the Year Award
Winner: Airedale Enterprise Services
What the judges said
Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award (turnover under £750,000)
“Airedale Enterprise Services showed the judges that they really are positioned at the heart of their community. Over their 35 year history they have shown a great deal of adaptability and diversification in order to keep offering enterprise support services to start-ups for free.
They work hard to offer an ever-evolving selection of business clubs, networking meetings, presentations and topical events for the local businesses within their region. Within their local area, Airedale Enterprise Service have a strong and trusted reputation. This is thanks to the strong connections they have formed with key stakeholders including their LEP and their MP, and because they are a key delivery partner for funding programmes – all of which benefits their local area.
This is an organisation which provides outstanding enterprise support services to a community in which it is firmly embedded.”
Unsung Hero of the Year Award
“Sonia joined Airedale Enterprise Services 5 years ago and, in that time, has made a huge impact and impression on everyone in the organisation. She was described as “an absolute star and great asset” and it was clear that she is held in high regard by everyone.
Sonia joined on a 12 week graduate programme and has since flourished to take on the role of Centre Manager. Her creativity and customer service skills have resulted in her creating another role of herself as a Digital Marketing specialist, enabling Airedale Enterprise Services to now offer this out as a new service to clients.
In this category the judges were looking for someone who goes the extra mile and whose work is valued by colleagues and clients alike – it was clear that Sonia’s colleagues felt lucky and proud to have her as part of their team, is an integral part of this organisation and an inspiration to those around her.”
What these awards meant to Airedale Enterprise Services
“The team at AES were over the moon to have won the Enterprise Organisation of the Year award. It really gives the small team in Keighley, who are extremely passionate about supporting start-ups and existing businesses looking to grow, a great boost and the encouragement they need to continue providing this valuable service.”
“We were thrilled when Sonia was named Unsung Hero of the Year. She is an absolute star and such a great asset to AES. Since the day she started 5 years ago she has made such an impact and impression on our organisation, all the staff, volunteers, clients, tenants and visitors think the world of her and we are so lucky and proud to have her as an integral part of our team. Sonia is always ready to take on any new challenges and really gives 110% to any role given to her.”
Wendy Spencer, Airedale Enterprise Services, CEO