North Fire Limited Named Business of the Year

Published 5th Jul 2011 by Emma Sinfield

The UK partner for a global manufacturer of aerial fire trucks and fire fighting equipment has been named Business of the Year in a competition run jointly by the Chamber.

Huddersfield-based North Fire Limited, which was founded in 2008 by Oliver North, is the UK’s exclusive partner for the world-wide market-leader Rosenbauer. 

Oliver was one of twelve nominees who have previously won Business of the Month in an awards scheme run by Eaton Smith Solicitors with the Chamber and Business Link.

Alexandra House and Cryer and Stott took second and third place respectively at the annual awards, which were held at Ainley Top’s Cedar Court Hotel in July.

The awards were presented by Mayor of Kirklees, Eric Firth; Chamber Executive Director, Andrew Choi and Senior Partners at Eaton Smith, Andrew Sugden and Deborah Melluish.

All the winners come together for a joint photograph with Mayor of Kirklees, Eric Firth Winning-firm, North Fire Ltd, is the official sales agent for Rosenbauer’s aerial fire fighting vehicles and supplies fire fighting equipment to 80 per cent of the UK and Ireland’s fire brigades. 
Oliver set-up the business after several successful years as a physical training instructor for the Army’s Royal Engineers and then a brief stint as a firefighter in 2002.  

Oliver said: “For a company in its relative infancy to receive such positive recognition in light of the last two and a half year’s hard work, is not only flattering but enthusing to all our staff who have made such a large effort and contribution in this time.”

First runner-up was Alexandra House in Huddersfield, a holistic health and well being spa that was established in 2007 and already has a series of accolades including a top rating in the Good Spa Guide.

Second place was taken by Wakefield-based Cryer and Stott, a family run cheese monger and fine food wholesaler that has gone from strength-to-strength since it was set up in 1998.

Cryer and Stott was also nominated in the Business and Environment category at the Wakefield District Business Awards held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield the night before the Business of the Year breakfast ceremony.  

The Chamber sponsored a category at the Wakefield awards and Executive Director, Andrew Choi, went along to support members who were nominated.

Mark Ridgeway from Group Rhodes won the title for Business Person of the Year, and member companies - Juice Personnel and Media Displays - were nominated in other areas.  

Pictured above: all the winners come together for a joint photograph with the Mayor of Kirklees, Eric Firth, and representatives from the Chamber, Eaton Smith Solicitors and Business Link. See more photos on our Facebook page.

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