ICE Shines at Keighley Buiness Awards


Keighley businesses enjoyed a successful fourth annual Keighley Business Awards dinner and presentation ceremony. The well attended occasion, compered by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, was staged in Victoria Hall on the evening of Friday 17th June.

The prestigious overall 2016 Business of the Year Award went to Keighley College client Acorn Stairlifts, which also picked up two individual category awards.

This year saw the inaugural Milner Awards for 1st Year Apprentices from the industrial Centre for Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering based within the College. The Milner Awards are sponsored by Keighley Training Consortium and are a tribute to Mick Milner, owner of Leach and Thompson Foundry, and founder of the Fab Lab Airedale. The awards had three categories, each with a cash prize, Best Academic Achievement £400, Best Skills Development £400 and Overall Achievement £1000. The winners were:

Best Skills Development – Matthew Bebb Best Academic Achievement – Connor Wignall Overall Achievement – James Thomason

The awards were presented by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and the winners were interviewed on stage by Harry Gration who was impressed by the maturity of their answers and their enthusiasm for their course.

It proved to be a very good year for Keighley College with apprentice Chloe Gunning from Rotherwood Recuitment also picking up the Apprentice/trainee of the Year.

During their acceptance speech Keighley Business Awards Manufacturing Business of the Year Byworth Boilers also heavily praised Engineering apprentices at Keighley College and citing the value of an apprenticeship and the importance of getting young women into engineering.

For the fourth year running, the glitzy awards themselves were all designed and manufactured by Fab Lab Airedale based within Keighley College.