IT wouldn’t be an awards night without a few surprises.
And the judges in the Examiner Business Awards have certainly not let us down on that score.
They have drawn up shortlists for nine of the 11 awards to be presented tomorrow night at the Galpharm Stadium. The finalists will be in the capacity audience waiting with bated breath to find out whose names appear on the trophies.
But the winners of the two remaining categories don’t even know they are in the running for one of our prestigious prizes.
The winners of the Regeneration Award and the Chadwick Lawrence Business Person of the Year will be announced on the night.
The Regeneration Award will recognise a significant development which is making a significant contribution to the local economy – by creating employment or revitalising a local property or district.
The Business Person of the Year will honour someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local business community, enhanced its reputation on a regional and national stage and exemplifies the town’s entrepreneurial spirit.
The winner will be in exalted company.
The winner of this category at the inaugural awards in 2006 was Ken Davy, chairman of Huddersfield Giants and independent financial adviser network Ken Davy, who was also recognised for his efforts as then chairman of Huddersfield Town.
The 2007 winner was David Armitage, chairman of Sellers Engineering, for his championing of manufacturing, his ambitions for regeneration and his contribution to numerous organisations in the community.
Last year’s award was presented to David and Luisa Scacchetti, founders of Colnebridge-based nursery products firm Mamas & Papas for creating jobs, promoting innovative design, investing significant sums in the town and building a business which has attained a worldwide reach.