Some of the brightest and best businesses have been selected as finalists in this year’s Stray Ferret Business Awards
Last updated Feb 7, 2024
The Stray Ferret Business Award winners 2023

A panel of judges made up from top local companies and organisations have drawn up an impressive shortlist of firms and individuals for the annual event on March 14.

The judges, Sarah Berry CEO of Harrogate Town Football Club,  Niall Gunn, CEO of Prosperis, James Rycroft Managing Director of VIDA Healthcare and Heather Parry of Expect Events, took a whole day to consider the dozens of entries spread across 10 categories.

Niall Gunn, whose firm is the main sponsor said:

“This really highlights the strength of the business community in the region.

“It was an incredibly difficult task because there were so many exciting companies that are doing great things for the town’s economy and wider community, and so many talented individuals to choose from.

“There was a mixture of traditional well established and well loved firms in the mix as well as some very new and exciting start-ups, he said.

The glittering black tie event takes place at The Pavilions in Harrogate, and tickets are now on sale for the black-tie Awards dinner. Click here to get your tickets now.

The finalists for 2024 are:

Business Growth, Sponsored by Raworths

Starling Independent Bar Cafe Kitchen


Lucy Pittaway

Live for Today


Dynamic Leader, Sponsored by NT Hosted Solutions

Little Bird Made, Jackie Crozier

NYNET, Alastair Taylor

Mumbler, Sally Haslewood

Greenwoods, Camilla Greenwood & Dawn Hudson

Grantley Hall, Tracey Ractliffe


Business of the Year, Sponsored by Reed Boardall

Grantley Hall

Little Bird Made

Vida healthcare


Number Thirteen


Employee Appreciation, Sponsored by Envirovent

Greenwoods, Stuart Hudson

The Soundproofing Store, Phil Lyons

Pavilions Of Harrogate, Darren Hall

Artizan International, Steff Winter

Resurrected Bites, Sam O’Brien


Best Independent Retailer, Sponsored by Hornbeam Park

Number Thirteen

Best Kept Secret

Ake & Humphris


Harrogate Tipple

Starling Independent Bar Cafe Kitchen

Harvey Geroge

The Cheeseboard


Inclusivity Award, Sponsored by Kempston-Parkes Chartered Surveyors

Artizan International

Disability Action

Harrogate College


Network Scientific


Rising Star Under 30, Sponsored by Thompsons Chartered Accountants 

Envirovent, Elise Stephens

Marketing Adventures, Emily Smailes

Harrogate International Festivals, Ellen Fletcher

Pavilions of Harrogate, Becky Andrews

Studio Nest, Rosie Rushton


Best Employer, Sponsored by Jones Myers

Grantley Hall

Network Scientific

Northern Energy

Harrogate Bus Company



Best Use of Digital, Sponsored by ASE Computer Services 

Harvey George

Harrogate Community Radio

Ake & Humphris

Show & Tell

Provenance Collection


Sustainable Business, Sponsored by York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub

Number Thirteen

Greenhouse, Ripon

Saint Michael’s Hospice

Harrogate Organics


Harrogate College