25 Years of the of Business of the Year Award…and the Winner is…

Published 7th Jul 2021 by Events

Business of the Year celebrates the hard work, determination, and innovation of businesses in the region and this year is a particularly special year as we celebrate 25 years of the Business of the Year Award.

The standard of entries was incredibly high with businesses demonstrating impressive core values, contributions to the region and dedication to innovation. All the finalists proved themselves to be agile in the face of the pandemic and should be applauded for their successes.

The winner is…. Specialist Glass Products Ltd (SGP)

SGP is a leading supplier of curved, flat and bespoke laminated glass products which are used in applications including building facades, spiral stairs, shopfronts and many more structures. Founded in 2003 by Andrew and Jonathan Taylor, the business is based in Huddersfield but works for clients across the UK, Europe and America. The judging panel were impressed with their innovative range of products as well as their contribution to the region through employment, training apprentices and supporting local causes.

The second place was awarded to Off The Grain which is a hand-made furniture company based in Halifax. Off The Grain was established in 2018 by Dominic Walsh who transformed a hobby into a thriving, seven-figure turnover business. The judging panel felt that Off The Grain’s application demonstrated a dedication to high quality products, strong leadership and investment in its people.

In third place was VOODOO, a mobile messaging platform which enables their clients to bulk text message their customers and/or their staff. The company operates in a highly competitive marketplace and boasts some very high profile clients including the NHS, Amazon, Ministry of Defence and Age UK amongst their thousands of customers. The ability to hold their own against some very large competitors and their commitment to high quality service earnt them a place in the top 3 businesses for this year’s Business of the Year.

Deborah Melluish, Senior Partner at Eaton Smith and member of the judging panel commented; “The standard of applications was very impressive and deciding on the winner and runners up was an incredibly difficult job. All of the 12 finalists have demonstrated very high standards of customer service, commitment to innovation and dedication to continuing investment in businesses in the region. Eaton Smith’s Business of the Year Award has been celebrating the hard work of businesses for 25 years and after a difficult 18 months for many it is a pleasure to celebrate these fantastic businesses and their successes.”

The Business of the Month and Business of the Year awards are run in conjunction with the Mid Yorkshire Chamber and the Department for International Trade. Entries are open for the Business of the Month award from businesses based in the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas who wish to put their business in the spotlight and be in contention for Business of the Year 2022.


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