YOUNG achievers in Yorkshire have been recognised at an event sponsored by the owners of Guiseley's Wetherby Whaler.

Janine and Phillip Murphy, who own a chain of fish and chip restaurants, gave their backing to this year's awards, sponsoring the Achievement in Management and Enterprise category. They presented the award to winner, fashion designer Mary Benson.

The Yorkshire Young Achiever Awards were established in 1993 to recognise the achievements of people under the age of 35 from across Yorkshire in categories such as education, the arts and business.

Mary, who was brought up in Seacroft, won the Achievement in Management and Enterprise Award in recognition of her achievements within the fashion industry.She had her debut at the London Fashion Week in 2014 and her designs are now worn by stars including Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Paloma Faith.

Phillip said: "It’s a great honour to be able to sponsor the Management and Enterprise Award. As a family-owned Yorkshire business we are proud to support the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards.

"We believe that it is very important for us to support local initiatives and to put something back into the local community. There are many inspirational young people across the county whose achievements deserve to be recognised, and the awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge this."

He added: "All the young people nominated should be proud. Regardless of whether they won or not, they all have worked hard and achieved a great deal in their young lives."