It’s a double scoop for Huddersfield.
Louise Holmes, co-founder of Denby Dale ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire, has beaten off stiff competition to win the title Woman in Tourism of the Year at the 2014 Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards.
Her success follows that of Kate Hardcastle, of Huddersfield-based business transformation company Insight With Passion, who took the title Woman of Influence in the 2013 awards and hosted this year’s ceremony.
Louise Holmes was presented with the award at De Vere St David’s Hotel, near Chester.
The awards are organised by the North West and Yorkshire networking organisation Network She and are now in their seventh year.
The event recognises and rewards the inspiring achievements of women in business who continue to succeed in their chosen field during such difficult, turbulent and unpredictable times.
This year’s awards also saw the official launch of the new Network She Foundation Charity, which aims to get businesses to pool together their skills and resources to help charities and to develop woman and young people from across the country and beyond.
Louise established Yummy Yorkshire with her husband Jeremy in 2007 to diversify their milk processing business and to enhance the value of milk from their herd.
She is responsible for ice cream production and the development of new flavours as well as marketing, PR and administrative work for the Denby Dale-based company.
Yummy Yorkshire produces 35,500 litres of ice cream a year, supplying farm shops, restaurants and visitor attractions across the county. It also has its own ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the farm
Speaking about her award win, Louise said: “It’s such an honour to receive this award and it’s testament to how far we have come from selling our ice cream from the farm gate to becoming a visitor attraction in our own right. I’m over the moon to have won.”