THE launch event for Ilkley Business Awards 2019 takes place next week.

Business people in LS29 are being invited to attend the event on Monday, October 15 from 5.45pm to 7.30pm in the King’s Hall and Winter Gardens, Ilkley.

A spokesperson for the Ilkley Business Awards Committee said: “Come and join us to find out more about the awards, meet this year’s committee, get a reminder about how to enter and see what categories you can nominate yourselves for.

“This isn’t just for Ilkley: the awards are open to anyone in business in LS29. We would love to get even more entries from businesses in Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Addingham and Ben Rhydding. More details regarding the award categories will be released at the launch event and over the coming months.

“Places at the launch event are limited so if you would like to join us on the evening please register at www.eventbrite.

“This event replaces the regular monthly meeting of the Ilkley Business Forum so all members, please do come along for the usual networking and to hear from our Business Awards headline sponsor who are a new business in town.

“We look forward to seeing you on Monday.”

This year categories include: apprentice/trainee of the year; best customer service of the year; employee of the year; established business of the year; food and drink business of the year; health and beauty business of the year; independent retailer of the year; leisure and tourism business of the year; long standing business of the year; micro business of the year; new business of the year and professional services business of the year.

For more details on entry criteria for each category visit:

This year’s headline sponsor is Smartsearch, the Ilkley-based online provider of anti-money laundering services.

A spokesperson for Ilkley Business Awards committee added: “We have received sponsorship for all the individual categories of the event, however there are still some other sponsorship opportunities available so please contact us for details.”

To find out more details about the sponsorship packages email: