A catering firm based in Addingham has been named one of the top eight best wedding caterers in the country in the Wedding Industry Awards 2013.

GFS Exquisite Wedding and Event Catering, which also has offices at the Broughton Hall Estate, near Skipton, beat off competition from caterers across Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Humberside, Cleveland and Durham to be named the regional winner in the Best Independent Wedding Caterer category.

The company, which is based on Addingham Main Street, will now go on to represent the North West region in the national final. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January.

Only wedding couples are eligible to vote and provide feedback about their catering experiences.

“GFS Exquisite Wedding and Event Catering employ more than 50 local people on a full and part-time basis and the award is a fantastic reflection of our commitment to provide the highest levels of food and service at all times” said director Richard Kent.

Fellow director, Steven Mayo, added: “It is amazing to have been recognised officially as the best in the region. We always aim to surpass our clients’ expectations and we acknowledge the fact that every wedding or event is completely unique.

“Next year looks set to be our busiest yet and we are already taking bookings for 2014/2015.”