Now in its eighth year, The Goole & Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards recognises and celebrates business excellence in Goole and the surrounding area.

“We have been hugely impressed by the range and quality of the applications and the demonstrated business acumen of so many of our local organisations. The Awards present a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that Goole & Howdenshire is a place to do business.”

2018 Winners Named

Goole-based Grotech Production Ltd. was the big winner of the night at the 2018 Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards on Friday 16 February, scooping both the Environmentally Friendly Award and the Overall Business of the Year accolade.


Filplastic UK Ltd., which is celebrating 25 years in business this year, also won two awards. The Eastrington-based company was named Large Business of the Year and its project co-ordinator, Richard Deakin, took the Employee of the Year title.


The Tim Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented in memory of late Tim Richardson, a well-known local businessman, went to Peter Aarosin, managing director of Danbrit Shipping, in recognition of a distinguished career in shipping and logistics spanning four decades.


Now in its eighth year, the annual awards ceremony was, once again, compered by the BBC’s Harry Gration. More than 250 guests enjoyed a three-course meal and entertainment from stand-up comedian Martin Gold before the most eagerly anticipated part of the evening – the presentation of the awards – got under way.


Chairman of the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards Committee Garrey Haase, who also addressed guests at the event, said: “We had a record number of entries this year, so the judges had a really tough time whittling them down to produce their shortlist and an even trickier job choosing the winners. It just shows that, eight years on from its launch, the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards continues to go from strength to strength.


“I’d like to congratulate our very deserving winners and also recognise all of the finalists because it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted. It was a wonderful evening and I’d like to thank everyone on the committee who works so hard to make it possible.

“If you didn’t win this year, please don’t be deterred from entering again in the future. It’s important that the businesses of Goole and Howdenshire continue to shout about their good work and that we can help them to highlight their successes and raise their profile by staging our annual awards ceremony.”

For the full rundown of winners please see our 2018 Winners page.